China to build £5.8billion airport that will handle 90million passengers a year (with so many boutiques they’ll be no need for citizens to shop abroad)
Most people visit Chengdu in south-west China’s Sichuan province for its spicy food and pandas.
But the cosmopolitan city could soon be attracting visitors to its new 51billion Yuan (£5.8billion) mega-airport as a tourist spot in its own right.
In fact, designers are already talking about the 5,200 hectare hub as a ‘satellite town’ that will handle up to 90million passengers a year and mean Chinese citizens won’t have to leave the country to shop to their hearts’ content.
As a new concept video reveals, the airport will be split into two main parts with the design inspired by the Golden Sun Bird, the symbol of Chengdu.
It will fully embrace technology and sustainability.
Personal locators, bio-recognition and rainwater recycling will all be incorporated into the design process according to China Daily.
The impressive airport, which broke ground in May this year, will not be fully complete until 2045.
The new Chengdu Tianfu Airport will be based in the nearby city of Jianyang, about 31 miles away from the centre of Chengdu.
It will be connected to major cities in the south west of China using high speed trains capable of travelling up to 350kmph (217mph).
A separate rail network will circle Chengdu and connect to the airport with trains capable of travelling up to 250kmph (155mph).
ATclunes, Ogdenvill – North Haverbrook, United Kingdom, 7 hours ago
They can build all of this in less than 9 years but we can’t agree to and build a long strip of tarmac at Heathrow for 20 years. Embarrassing.
colin shorey, lichfield, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
The thing will be so big that access will be impracticable.
mikiemike, manchester, United Kingdom, 8 hours ago
Half an acre for tax free shopping???? An average sized Tesco and its car park is about 5 acres.
HKer, Hong Kong, China, 2 hours ago
Mike, only stupid shopping designers will make the shopping area big.
Sycamore, Papamoa, New Zealand, 2 hours ago
I was thinking the same thing.