Pupils at the gate of the Beijing Chaoyang Experimental Primary School Xiongan Campus on Friday (Photo: Li Hao/GT)
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Since the Xiongan New Area was established on April 1, 2017, the municipal government of Beijing has been offering development support to the new economic zone, for example, through launching an educational aid project and creating a number of technological parks. As more and more centrally administrated State-owned enterprises, tech firms and private companies have been choosing to set up branches in Xiongan, local authorities in turn have been strengthening efforts to explore a new local housing system, which is expected to boost the home rental industry. This article is the second part of a two-part story.
It was at 7:30 on Friday morning when the Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei Province suddenly became a lively place as it welcomed a rush of pupils from the newly named Beijing Chaoyang Experimental Primary School onto its education campus.
A traffic safety team, composed of 10 volunteering parents, was busy escorting students onto the campus.
Just 20 days ago, the school was known as Rongcheng Primary School. Now, a signboard that reads "Beijing Chaoyang Experimental Primary School Xiongan Campus" is hung on the school's gate instead.
On March 1, the launching ceremony for the Beijing-Xiongan educational aid project was held at the former Rongcheng Primary School.
During this event, the Xiongan Campus of Beijing Chaoyang Experimental Primary School, Beijing No.80 High School and Beijing Liuyi Toddler and Zhongguancun No.3 Primary School were formally established, marking the success of the first Beijing-Xiongan educational aid project designed to improve educational opportunities for local students, according to media reports.
"The new signboard was hung when this semester started on March 5," a teacher at the school, who only gave her surname as Yuan, told the Global Times on Friday.
"Teachers and students in Xiongan will have opportunities to visit the Beijing campus and study there, while teachers at the Beijing campus will also come to the Xiongan campus to exchange teaching experiences with us and interact with our students."
"Teachers and parents are happy as the establishment of the Xiongan New Area is already bringing students such great educational opportunities," the teacher said.
The Xiongan New Area, which was established on April 1, 2017, is about 100 kilometers southeast of Beijing. Upon completion, it will span three of Hebei's counties - Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin - that sit at the center of the triangular area formed by Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang, Hebei's provincial capital.
China aims to build the new area into a low-carbon, intelligent, habitable and globally influential city where people and nature can coexist in harmony.
The Beijing municipal government will continue to give full support to the construction of the Xiongan New Area by helping the new economic zone build schools, technology parks and rail links and by assisting its environmental protection efforts, the Xinhua News Agency reported on March 18, citing Tan Xuxiang, a deputy to the 13th National People's Congress and head of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform.
During the six months after the new area was established, more than 70 centrally administrated State-owned enterprises set up branches in Rongcheng, where the Xiongan New Area Management Committee is temporarily located. Besides those, an increasing number of private firms, securities brokers, commerce chambers and leading domestic technology companies have also been arriving in the new area.