Friday, 28 Jan, 2011 Environment

China to Build the World's Biggest Metropolis with 42 Million Citizen


China is once again to amaze the world. This time the world's fastest developing nation is planning to build the largest megacity on the planet. The government will combine 9 cities to make a metropolis twice the size of Wales that will boast a population of 42 million.

All of the 9 cities lie around the Pearl River Delta and their merging will lead to the creation of 16,000 square miles of urban area.

It is worth mentioning that the new metropolis will include a large part of the country's manufacturing heartland, expanding from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, with the area including Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Huizhou and Zhaoqing. All of them account for about a tenth of the country's economy.

It is planned that over the next 6 years, about 150 most important infrastructure projects will be accomplished, linking the transport, energy, water and telecommunications networks of the 9 cities.

The cost of the project is estimated at 2 trillion yuan (about $303 billion), reports The Telegraph.

According to the Ma Xiangming, the chief planner at the Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute and a senior consultant on the project, it would be wrong to say that the new mega-city is larger than London or Tokyo, due to the fact that it is a combination of 9 cities. "We cannot just name it after one of the existing cities. It will help spread industry and jobs more evenly across the region and public services will also be distributed more fairly," added Xiangming.

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