A look into Xiongan New Area

On April 1, 2017, China announced a major project to establish a new economic area which will be like the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area.
 
The new area, Xiongan New Area in Hebei Province and about 100 km southwest of downtown Beijing, is part of the country’s measures to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, according to a circular issued by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council.
 
The move, described as “a strategy crucial for a millennium to come”, is a "major historic and strategic choice made by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core," said the circular.
 
It will help phase out functions from Beijing that are not related to the capital, explore a new model of optimized development in densely populated areas, and restructure the urban layout of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
 
The New Area will cover around 100 square km initially and will be expanded to 200 square km in the mid-term and about 2,000 square km in the long-term.
 
The announcement quickly drew a large number of homebuyers from across the country in hopes of buying property to resell in the future at a higher price during the Chinese Qingming festival.
 
In order to curb property speculations in the new area, local authorities have taken a series of measures, such as freezing property sales and imposing restrictions on residential permit registrations by non-locals, to regulate the housing market in the Xiong’an New Area which include three counties, Xiong, Anxin and Rongcheng.
 
Recently, sino-us.com reporter went to the Xiongan New Area to see how the new area looks like after the country’s latest announcement. Here are some pictures.

One of the slogans on Daqing-Guangzhou Highway, which reads “Strictly crack down on illegal announcement and spreading property information.” Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Government building of Xiong county, the most magnificent one among the three government buildings in the Xiongan New Area. Former Party Secretary of Xiong county was put under investigation just a few days before the announcement of the Xiongan New Area. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Red three wheelers are the most important vehicles of Xiong county. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Property sales in all three counties of the Xiongan New Area have been suspended and all the real estate agencies and house sellers are sealed by the local government. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Property sales in all three counties of the Xiongan New Area have been suspended and all the real estate agencies and house sellers are sealed by the local government. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Property sales in all three counties of the Xiongan New Area have been suspended and all the real estate agencies and house sellers are sealed by the local government. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

A slogan in front of the building of the Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in Xiong County, which reads a “house is used for people to live, not for speculation.” Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

One of the suspended houses in Xiong county. Almost all unfinished houses have been suspended in Xiong County. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Ao Wei Hotel in Rongcheng County is now being used as the temporary working place for the preparatory commission and temporary Party commission of the Xiongan New Area. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

A small processing factory in Rongcheng county has been suspended. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

A waiter in a bar in Xiong county is waiting for customers. It is the only bar in Xiong county. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

A street of Dawang village. The core area of the Xiongan New Area will be in Dawang village which is located in the suburb of Anxin County. The village specializes in making down jackets. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

A street of Dawang village. The core area of the Xiongan New Area will be in Dawang village which is located in the suburb of Anxin County. The village specializes in making down jackets. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Government building of Dawang village which is said to be eliminated from map. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

All housing projects have been suspended in Dawang village and its neighboring villages. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

All housing projects have been suspended in Dawang village and its neighboring villages. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Agricultural industry is still going on in Dawang village. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

Vehicle management office in Anxin County is the only vehicle management office in the three counties of the new area. Right after the announcement of the new area, local people flooded into the office to apply for plates out of concern that local authorities may impose restrictions on plate registration. Photo: Zhang Han/Sino-US.com

(The article is edited by Chunmei.)


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