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China – Transportation and School Update

Shelley Warner, Reloc8 Asia Pacific Group’s China partner, shares updates on various transport infrastructure improvements along with a school closure in Chongqing.

Beijing Traffic Easing Measures

Cars with out‐of­‐town plates will no longer be allowed in downtown Beijing without a permit. If caught, drivers will be fined 100 Yuan ($16.49) and have three points deducted from their driver’s license. Previously long‐term permits were valid for half a year but will soon have to be renewed every week. Beijing’s traffic administration bureau says this is one of the measures it will take to reduce car emissions in the hope of improving air quality and traffic flow. Beijing has set the target of limiting the number of cars in the city to 6 million by the end of 2017. There are already more than 5 million vehicles registered in the city.

Authorities in Beijing have announced that the city will further reduce the number of new car plates available to buyers and encourage the use of new­energy vehicles in the next four years in a move to reduce traffic gridlock and ease air pollution. The number of car licenses made available for new­‐energy vehicles will increase in the next four years, to 20,000 in 2014, 30,000 in 2015, 60,000 in 2016, and 60,000 in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of licence plates for new gasoline run vehicles available will be reduced annually, from 130,000 in 2014, 120,000 in 2015, 90,000 in 2016, and 90,000 in 2017. The capital will increase the number of charging stations available to plug in electric vehicles and will build the stations inside new residential communities to boost the vehicles’ popularity.

Xiamen – Shenzhen high speed railway opens to traffic

On 28th December of 2013, the Xiamen ­‐ Shenzhen high speed railway, a corridor on the southeast coast of China, officially opened to the public. This railway links three important economic hubs for first time, as well as making business trips and holidays much easier. The journey takes around 3.45hours running 514km.

Shanghai Metro

2 extra lines, Lines 12 and 16, opened on December 30th 2013 on the Shanghai Metro network. The system now covers a world record of 567km. Line 12 (dark green) runs from Tiantong Lu Station in Hongkou to Jinhai Lu in Pudong while Line 16 (light green) runs from Luoshan Lu Station to Dishui Lake in Nanhui. Line 16 will have both regional and express trains that skip some smaller stops.

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Chongqing School Closure

The Quality Schools International (QSI) International School of Chongqing has closed, which means that there is now only one international school in Chongqing (YCIS). YCIS has increased its prices accordingly, but given rising demand this is unlikely to result in any reduction in student numbers.