Aerial photo taken on Sept. 8, 2022 shows a view of Xiong'an New Area, north China's Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Zhu Xudong)
SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- A new expressway between Beijing and Xiong'an New Area, in north China's Hebei Province, opened to traffic at noon on Saturday, according to Hebei traffic authorities.
The Beijing-Xiong'an expressway will help reduce travel time between the two locations to about 50 minutes. The newly built expressway is a major component of Xiong'an New Area's traffic network, with its main section running from Beijing's sixth ring road and covering a total of 81 km.
Xiong'an New Area spans the counties of Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin in Hebei, and is home to Baiyangdian, a major wetland in northern China.
Located about 100 km southwest of Beijing, the new area will help advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. It has been designed as a major recipient of functions previously located in Beijing but that are not essential to its role as China's capital. The new area has also been designed to explore a new development model for densely populated areas. ■