10 officials from sister cities give thumbs up to Beijing's urban planning and construction achievements

Source:Beijing Foreign Affairs Office

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The "Urban Planning Exchange Program" for Beijing's Sister Cities in "Belt and Road" Countries, organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and the Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design (BICP), has recently taken place in Beijing. 18 government officials and professionals from 10 foreign cities, including Bangkok, were invited to visit Beijing. They conducted field surveys on Beijing's new achievements in urban planning and construction, and exchanged ideas with Beijing's experts in relevant fields on Beijing's new master plan, the Beijing Daxing International Airport, sponge city construction in Tongzhou, Beijing's pedestrian and bicycle transport plan and other issues. After 8-day surveys and learning, they were impressed by Beijing's urban planning and construction, and benefited a lot from Beijing's practices in relevant fields.

▲A trainees from Bangkok asks a question

During the visit, the delegation showed strong interest in the bikeway from Huilongguan to Shangdi, New Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Service Zone and Dazhalan Historical & Cultural City Preservation Project.

▲Shougang High-end Industry Comprehensive Service Zone

Ruan Zhuying, Director of the Hanoi Authority for Urban Planning & Architecture; Ganna, Chief Expert of the International Department of the Kiev City Council and other officials said that the planning and construction of the bikeway in Huilongguan and Tiantongyuan has greatly facilitated citizen travel, design such as reversible lane, uphill power assisting device, lift parking rack and electronic fence are fresh. They hoped to apply these humanized design ides in their municipal traffic plans.

▲Huilongguan-Shangdi bikeway

During surveying the sponge city pilot project in Bauhinia Garden, Tongzhou, Christina, Advisor at the Urban Sustainable Development Center of Copenhagen (USDCC), paid special attention. Rainwater storage, flood prevention and drainage are important topics of sustainable city building, she said, adding that Tongzhou has explored a set of universal management and protection measures and technical standards during the sponge city pilot project. During the survey, USDCC and BICP reached consensus on further deepening the cooperation in sponge city planning and design.