Foreign media misunderstood reports on mega city
Circulating foreign media were reporting plans that China was planning to merge nine cities around Pearl River Delta, making it the world biggest mega city. The Daily Telegraph a British newspaper along with Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald were quoting the Chief planner of the Guangdong Rural and Urban Planning Institute Ma Xiangming.
Ma Xiangming said both papers misunderstood him, he said that the foreign papers misinterpreted his words. He never said that nine cities will be merged. These cities will only be further integrated in terms of city function. The two foreign papers was saying that the mega city will be covering a large part of Guangdong which is China’s manufacturing heartland. The mega city stretches from Guanzhou to Shenzhen and will include other cities such as Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Huizhou, Zhaoqing and Jiangmen.
The foreign media also reported that the idea of making the mega city is to integrate the existing cities into thus creating an environment were residents can travel freely and uses health care and other services in different areas. Foreign media also said that the project is to be completed within six years expanding the Pearl River Delta to 41,440 sq km. with 4,900 km of railway tracks connecting the cities and infrastructure improvements.