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Kunming unveils 12-year development plan

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On August 3, the Kunming government released a comprehensive development plan for the city over the next 12 years.

In the course of the next dozen years, three core areas will be built up:

1. The main urban area (主城), consisting of the Guandu, Panlong, Wuhua and Xishan urban districts;

2. Chenggong new city (呈贡新城), located approximately 25 kilometers southeast of the main urban area;

3. The new airport economic zone (空港经济区), which will be northeast of the main urban area.

Kunming will expand primarily to the northeast and southeast, with this phase of growth supported by the construction of the city's first urban rail network.

Road connectivity between the main urban area and outlying towns including Haikou, Kunyang and Jinning will be upgraded to create a transportation network that encircles Dianchi Lake.

Within the main urban area, an 'urban ecological control belt' (城市生态控制带) will be established, consisting of Xishan and Dianchi National Scenic Area. Outside of the city, the Qiaozi Snow Mountain scenic area, Xundian Red Tourism Scenic Area, Jiuxiang National Scenic Area, Stone Forest National Scenic Area, Yangzonghai Tourism and Holiday area and other tourist areas within Kunming municipality will be administered as 'urban ecological scenic controlled areas' (城市生态景观控制区).

Five 'functional zones' within the main urban area will be created, with the area within the second ring road as the center of four other areas to the north, east, south and west. This is what the city plans for each zone:

Center: Public services infrastructure and green space coverage will be improved and population density reduced.

North: Heavily polluting industrial operations will be gradually moved out.

West: Heavily polluting industrial operations will be gradually moved out.

South: With the pending retirement of Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, the area currently occupied by the airport will be redeveloped for urban use. The airport land plus the nearby exhibition halls and Baohai Park will serve as a secondary city center.

At the same time, Dianchi National Scenic Area, Caohai Ecological Park and Daguan Park will be built up into a sports, leisure and tourism area. There will also be extensive residential space in the area, as well as many municipal administrative offices and traffic infrastructure leading out of Kunming.

East: The layout and composition of the Kunming Economic Development Zone will be optimized so that it serves as a more streamlined industrial hub.

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In one month will be the penultimate year of the 12-year development plan. Did minutes come to fruition?

And is everybody happier now?

You ought to be.

Imagine returning to Kunming's old Wujiaba airport. Capacity to accommodate current flux of travelers is mission impossible. Not to mention the traffic congestion without the current subway lines.

My concern are the industrial operations a decade earlier. Have they been moved out?

I'm happy about the subway, unhappy about the cars that made it necessary. And there are way too many air travellers polluting the skies, who have made the new airport a 'necessity', so they can continue to fly around, often just for vacations or something.
About the increasingly bad air - well, that's different, right?

Yeah but travel is essential for business and for the mind and spirit. So they need to develop solar powered aircraft, not get rid of travel.

Ishmael, are you not one of the polluting air travelers you so despise?

Correct dolphin. I believe Airbus has recently unveiled concept plane that fly on 30-50% less fuel.

Government policies that back sustainable engineering innovations will nudge markets to greener pastures.

To mind & spirit!

travel for business more needed by globalization but less needed in the connected world. travel for mind and spirit does not need to be by air. air travel is feed by and in turn feeds bucket lists. how many cities in the world are being damaged by tourism now? frickin loads mate. how many people are travelling to paris who have not even visited the next province?

Bucket lists are a bad thing too now?
If cities are damaged, countries can put limits on numbers of yearly tourists.
Protecting the environment means we need to stop living?
The Flying Spaghetti Monster will create a new planet once this one gets depleted.

Banning travel seems draconian. Thank Buddha you guys are not in charge.

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