Xiong’An New Area is China’s latest vision to turn sparsely inhabited farmlands and low-tech manufacturing regions in the Hebei province into a new and sustainable “model city” by 2035. Situated to the southwest of Beijing, this new development will help decongest the burgeoning capital. The proposed city will meet its electricity requirements completely through renewable energy. Xiong’An will focus on green technology and vast green spaces, thus challenging China’s current energy intensive urbanization model and potentially influencing future Chinese urbanisation trends. Read more about the plans for adopting renewable energy in Xiong'An area here.
However, critics are skeptical of its implementation because it focuses more on central state-owned planning than market-oriented planning. Other concerns include achieving the ambitious population limit of 3 million, disproportionate to the current media attention the area is receiving, along with its geographic vulnerability rendering it susceptible to flooding.