BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The Xiongan New Area in north China's Hebei Province will start large-scale substantial construction as the top design of the area has been completed, vice governor of the province Chen Gang said Tuesday. More than 200 teams and 1,000 experts from China and abroad have participated in the plan making, Chen said at the first "passage interview" of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress that opened Tuesday. In April 2017, China announced the establishment of Xiongan New Area about 100 km southwest of Beijing.
An aerial view of Xiongan New Area. (Photo/Xinhua) As the water diversion project is in full swing in Xiongan, North China's Hebei province, Li Qingshan, who is responsible for the project, makes no secret of his pride. The project, taking water from China's Yellow River to Baiyangdian Lake, the largest in the province, is one of the first to be carried out since the central authorities announced the establishment of Xiongan New Area in April 2017.
A water conservancy project was put into effect on Friday to divert water from the Yellow River to Baiyangdian Lake in northern China's Hebei Province. The 482-km-long diversion route started in Puyang City, Henan Province in central China, where the Yellow River water flows naturally through a sluice gate and runs northward before reaching Baiyangdian in the Xiongan New Area. The Yellow River, China's second longest waterway, becomes a sustained water source to support and improve the lake's wetland ecosystem.
President Xi Jinping greets forest rangers at a woodlands zone in Xiongan New Area, Hebei province, on Wednesday. Xi emphasized the role of nurturing the natural environment to boost the area's value and livability. [Photo/Xinhua] Visit highlights area's new firms, planning, ecology President Xi Jinping encouraged enterprises in Xiongan New Area to seize a very rare opportunity as he made a visit to the new zone on Wednesday.
An aerial view of the Xiongan New Area. [Photo/Xinhua] Xiongan New Area will control the use of land by developing up to 30 percent of its area in the long run, leaving the rest for green space and water landscapes, the State Council said on Wednesday. The new area should create an inviting, ecologically healthy environment, and stronger efforts should be made to better manage and environmentally restore Baiyang Lake in Hebei province.