Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -


– the time that it will take to com­plete the jour­ney from Bei­jing to Xion­gan New Area in He­bei Prov­ince on the high-speed rail­way. On July 21, China Rail­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to build a rail­way be­tween Bei­jing and Xion­gan dis­trict, which will be 100.283 kilo­me­ters long. The project was started in May, and it is ex­pected that in 2019 peo­ple in Xion­gan will be able to take the train to the new air­port be­ing built in Bei­jing’s Dax­ing dis­trict.


– the num­ber of un­der­ground pas­sage­ways at Chang’an Av­enue in Bei­jing that need to be re­paired. Th­ese pas­sage­ways have nu­mer­ous prob­lems such as cracks and leak­age on rainy days. To not af­fect pas­sen­gers, work­ers are only al­lowed to work from mid­night to 5 am. In 2016, the agency re­spon­si­ble for road main­te­nance re­paired two of the pas­sage­ways and plans to fin­ish the re­main­ing 23 pas­sage­ways by the end of 2017.


– the amount of money that a ho­tel can save in yuan ($593) each month by turn­ing up the tem­per­a­ture on the air con­di­tioner one de­gree. As the weather heats up, the us­age of air con­di­tion­ers has in­creased dra­mat­i­cally, es­pe­cially for ho­tels. Un­der the en­cour­age­ment of the Bei­jing gov­ern­ment, All Sea­sons Ho­tel de­cided to set the air con­di­tioner tem­per­a­ture be­tween 26 C and 28 C. By do­ing so, the ho­tel can save up to 10 per­cent on daily elec­tric­ity use.


– the area in square me­ters of north­ern Bei­jing’s big­gest flea mar­ket, Dongsanqi Mar­ket, which was pulled down and turned into a park­ing lot. Since 2015, pri­vate sell­ers in the mar­ket started mov­ing out and 15,245 square me­ters of land was cleared. In 2016, 36,186 square me­ters were cleared and in 2017 the project was fin­ished.

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