Xiongan New Area, a half-decade-old deserted special economic zone in China, is located about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Beijing , in Hebei province.
Designed to be bigger than New York City, the city represents Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s most ambitious plan to relocate people and non-essential functions from the capital while operating as a hi-tech hub for the nearby regions.
According to Liberty Times, the Chinese regime announced in 2017 that it would invest more than $4 trillion (30 trillion yuan) in this project to compete against the three predecessors, Shenzhen , Guangdong , and Shanghai .
However, the construction had to stop, and the whole city was abandoned following the U.S.-China trade war, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the property crisis over the last 5 years.
In the first press briefing of the 20th National Congress, Lian said that Beijing will resume construction on Xiongan New Area and has spent only $63.2 billion (460 billion yuan) since its establishment in 2017.
Now that Xi has successfully secured his third term, this move marks his desire to complete a millennium dream.
Lian claimed in his speech that the Xiong’an high-speed railway station and the Jingxiong expressway have been completed and opened to traffic.
Chinese media outlet Kanzhongguo reported that Xiongan Railway Station has total 13 platforms and 23 lines, with a total construction area of about 5.1 million square feet (475,200 square meters), the equivalent of 6 Beijing Railway Stations.
But according to data from 12306 China Railway website, for the whole day of October 24, there was only one train going from Beijing to Xiongan .
Additionally, VOA’s statistics show that the official website of China’s Xiong’an New District on Weibo has published tens of thousands of posts in total, including reprinting CCTV reports to exaggerate the megaproject.
Most posts have only a few likes and comments, indicating the project does not have as much attention as what the communist regime promotes.
The Diplomat, citing the book titled “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs, pointed out several flaws in Xi’s dream megacity.
The report explained that a large metropolis’ economic vitality must satisfy all four conditions: “districts and sub-district units must serve multiple functions; blocks must be short and corners frequent; proximate buildings must vary in age and condition; and the population must be sufficiently dense.”
But the Xiongan megaproject could only meet 2 conditions: multi-functionality and populated communities.
In addition, Jane Jacobs developed this approach for American cities in the 1960s; in a context that included a free market and sturdy private rights.
But China’s current economy lacks both and tends to gear towards state-owned enterprises after 40 years of market-oriented reforms.
Liberty Times, citing VOA, reported that most Chinese citizens do not have a good impression of the Xiongan New Area. One netizen mocked Beijing would complete its millennium plan in a thousand years.
A local in Xiongan made many negative comments, criticizing the communist regime’s management policies. The resident said everything in China must be done under Chinese leaders’ orders and that many foreign investors have lost so much on Chinese developers’ offshore debts that they do not have enough clothes to wear.