China To Create Largest City In The World

China plans to merge nine cities in the Pearl River Delta together to create the world's largest city, a metropolis with an area of 16,000 square miles -- 53 times larger than New York City.

The Telegraph newspaper reports the unnamed mega city will have a population of 42 million, meaning if the city was its own country if would replace Argentina as the 32nd largest country in the world.

The cities that will be merged together include Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the second and third largest cities in China with populations of 11.7 million and 8.9 million, respectively. The nine cities, which cover a large part of China's manufacturing heartland, account for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy.

Over the next six years, around 150 major infrastructure projects will connect the transport, energy, water, and telecommunications networks of the cities together.

Twenty-nine rail lines totaling 3,100 miles will be added, making the maximum journey between different city centers a maximum of one hour. Residents will be able to use universal rail cards to commute around the metropolis, and an express rail line will connect the new mega city with Hong Kong.

The total cost of the project is estimated to reach nearly 304 billion dollars.

"The idea is that when the cities are integrated, the residents can travel around freely and use the health care and other facilities in the different areas," Ma Xiangming, a senior consultant on the project tells the Telegraph.

"It will help spread industry and jobs more evenly across the region and public services will also be distributed more fairly," he adds.

The new city will not be like Greater Los Angeles or Great Tokyo in the sense that there is not a single city at the heart of the megalopolis, so it cannot be named after one of the existing cities.

Photo of Guangzhou, China: Wikimedia Commons
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