China appreciates $36 billion railway plan for Jing-Jin-Ji megacity
China has already approved a 247 billion Yuan railway plan aimed at improving transport links between the port city of Tianjin, the capital Beijing as well as the neighboring province of Hebei, part of plans to integrate the three major areas into a solid mega-city.
In an online statement on Monday, the National Development and Reform Commission told that the plan is expected to span up to nine projects, which total 1,100 km long. The given projects are going to be built over the years to 2020, and they appear to be a part of a wider plan, which will stretch to 2030, as follows from Monday’s statement.
The current population of the three areas is estimated at approximately 110 million, and by the time it's already complete. So, the so-called Jing-Jin-Ji project is going to span up to 212,000 sq km or even more than twice the size of South Korea.
By the way, this version of the story corrects to demonstrate that projects are going to be built over years to 2020, and not 2030, which adds currency conversion.