Three opportunities for Gu’an from New International Airport
The Beijing Daxing International Airport will be operational in September 2019. By then, Daxing will be the city’s new gateway for international exchanges. Gu’an, located 9.28 kilometers away from the new airport, will share, with other southern districts of Beijing, three new opportunities directly brought by the new airport.
In terms of planning, the airport economic zone will cover an area of 100 km2 within the borderline of Hebei province. Southern Beijing will be able to realize “connection” with Beijing thanks to preferential policies, and benefit from development opportunities brought by the overall planning of the Beijing Airport Economic Zone.
On 30 September 2019, the largest aviation center in China – Beijing Daxing International Airport -- will be launched for operation. It will serve over 130 million visitors on an annual basis, with potential for generating substantial flows of passengers, business, and funds into the airport’s economic zone.
Located within 10 kilometers from the new airport, Gu’an will enjoy accelerated transitioning towards a world-class airport-city, and realize great-leap-forward development of regional economy, thanks to superposition benefit from airport-related industry planning and spill-over industries from Beijing.
Gu’an will serve as a transport hub of the Southern Beijing rail system. With a complex transport network consisting of light rail and expressways, visitors from Gu’an will be able to enjoy easy accessibility to key cities, such as Beijing, Xiong’an, Langfang, Tianjin, and Baoding.
The Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity High Speed Railway under construction carries strategic importance to overall transport planning of Southern Beijing. Serving as the first stop along the line, Gu’an provides connectivity enabled by the railway system, including Line S6, S4, Langfang-Zhuozhou Intercity, Gu’an-Baoding Intercity, and New Airport Express. It will connect with the Beijing sub-center, new airport, and Xiong’an, namely, three prioritized development opportunities in the years to come.
Relocation and Functionality
The new airport will facilitate resource relocation and functioning transfer out of Beijing and to the southern parts, Gu’an for example. The purpose for the relocation is to fundamentally change the urban governing logic of Beijing. Using the new logic, new sites selected for three key projects to serve the purpose will be on the borderline of Beijing and Hebei, or in the jurisdiction of Hebei. In the process, Southern Beijing and Gu’an will benefit directly from the relocation and function transfer strategy. After completion of the airport, Gu’an is expected be at the center of development thanks to industry and transport relocation.