Beijing sub-center making strides – Xinhua

An aerial photo taken on Sept. 30, 2020 shows the Central Green Forest Park in Beijing’s Tongzhou District. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Lili, a resident of Beijing’s Tongzhou district, where the capital city center is located, tried out a driverless car on the road near her home just minutes after downloading an app.

“It’s amazing that I can sit in a driverless car to go somewhere from home using an app with simple instructions,” she said. “The downtown core has grown so rapidly in recent years to become a much smarter community.”

In the inner city, electronic parking lots have replaced the previous mess of illegal parking, and a new green park provides enough shared bikes for visitors.

“The best part of developing the sub-city center during the construction of the ‘smart city’ is that residents can enjoy an improved environment and much more conveniences in daily life,” Liu said.

The “secret” of sub-city intelligence is an urban management platform known as the “brain of the big city”, which is located in a renovated building in Tongzhou that used to be a boiler room.

The platform has integrated around 60 types of data on various city functions, such as heating, road signs, parking and lighting systems.

It can provide accurate real-time traffic situation data to help solve traffic jams and parking difficulties. It can also ensure the safe operation of other city functions, including water, natural gas, heat, electricity and telecommunications.

The city center will become even smarter as more technologies including artificial intelligence, 5G, big data, cloud computing and blockchain are applied in more sectors, according to the county government.

People will be able to enjoy services such as driverless vehicles and digital renminbi in Tongzhou.

“I moved to Tongzhou in 2013, as my workplace changed from downtown Beijing to the east of the city, and I witnessed tremendous changes in Tongzhou due to the great efforts of the government. to develop this area,” said Liu Tao, who works for a company. in the neighborhood.

He said he encountered many obstacles at the beginning due to the lack of public facilities. But little by little, the living environment, the construction of infrastructures and public facilities in the district have greatly improved.

This is tied to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Province Integrated Development Plan, a national strategy to help the three provincial governments redistribute the capital’s resources and industries to neighboring regions to achieve better growth.

President Xi Jinping called for the integrated and coordinated development of Beijing and the two neighboring areas at a symposium in 2014. On April 30, 2015, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integrated Development Plan was approved, making it clear that the region will be built in a cluster of world-class cities with the capital as its core.

Over the past eight years, the strategy has achieved tangible results, including the growth of the center of the sub-city.

The Beijing municipal government has moved non-capital functions from the city center, and many municipal Party and government institutions have moved to the center of Tongzhou subcity, bringing talent and new opportunities for economic growth in the region.

In November, the State Council, China’s cabinet, issued a guideline supporting the high-quality development of the subcity center that clarified its functions and those of Hebei’s Xiong’an New Area.

Ye Yumin, head of the urban planning and management department at Renmin University of China, said the guideline lays out a detailed path that would help Beijing solve big-city ailments and better serve the central government.

On February 12, Beijing Party Secretary Cai Qi inspected the subcity center and held a work conference on its high-quality development.

He said the sub-city center should strengthen science and technology development and make more efforts in the financial sector to attract high-end financial institutions.