China’s Vision 2035: From Beijing’s Forbidden City to Interconnected Eurasian Megacity

At the heart of Beijing’s Imperial City lies the sprawling palace complex of the Forbidden City.  Home to China’s celestial emperors, its heavenly grounds were off-limits to ordinary mortals. In modern-day Beijing, China’s leaders talk of the capital city’s future role in much more outward-oriented and earthly terms. They look not only to embrace other surrounding lower-tier Chinese cities, in forming a megacity cluster, but in creating five so-called “super-cities” across the country – the Greater Bay Area (GBA), Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region (Jing-Jin-Ji), the mid-Yangtze River area, and Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration. These will link to countries and regions across the Eurasian supercontinent and beyond.


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