Famous wholesale market relocates to “slim” Beijing

 

 

 

Photo taken on January 11, 2015 shows the Tianhaocheng signboard being removed by workers.

Photo - http://bj.bendibao.com/news/2015112/177276_2.shtm

 

 

 

BEIJING  |  2015-01-13 22:17:10

 

Famous wholesale market

relocates to “slim” Beijing

 

 

By Cheng Lu, Wu Mengda and Zhang Manzi

 

 

A wholesale market in downtown Beijing has closed and is expected to relocate to neighboring Hebei Province in a move to reduce traffic congestion and reduce population density in the capital.

Tianhaocheng Market (北京“动批”天皓成批发市场), which closed on Monday of January 12, became the first of the 12 markets in the famous clothing wholesale zone near Beijing Zoo to shut its doors.

The relocation of the Beijing Zoo wholesale market zone marks a beginning for the capital to alleviate its many functions, said Zhu Erjuan, a professor with the Capital University of Economic and Business.

Pollution, traffic and population pressures in the capital are becoming too serious to ignore and to address this Beijing has begun by closing markets that are not consistent with its role as a capital city.

When workers removed the Tianhaocheng signboard, it also marked the end of an era of affordable, fashionable clothes, users lamented on microblog Sina Weibo.

Built in the mid-1980s, the Beijing Zoo wholesale market zone was labeled as a “paradise” for young girls wanting to look fashionable on a budget. It attracts nearly 100,000 customers daily.

Stall tenants have been encouraged to move their businesses to Langfang City, Hebei Province, but this was not mandatory, said an official in charge of the closure.

According to an agreement signed by Beijing’s Xicheng District and Langfang City last April, the two sides will build a logistics zone and wholesale market in Langfang, after President Xi Jinping called for integrated development of the regions around Beijing last February.

Although more than 20,000 commercial tenants in the Beijing Zoo wholesale market zone contributed 60 million yuan (about 9.8 million U.S. dollars) in annual revenue to Xicheng District, it costs the government nearly 100 million yuan to handle its transportation and environment issues, said Wang Ning, chief of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) district committee.

In 2014, the number of booths in the zone was slashed by 1,300, or 10 percent. In 2015, more than 1,000 commercial tenants will be encouraged to move.

Beijing is home to elite universities, renowned hospitals and major state-owned enterprises, Tianjin and Hebei both trail behind the capital in this respect.

If the planned integration is to succeed, the huge gap in public resources and services must be filled, said Zhao Jimin, an associate researcher with the Beijing Academy of Social Sciences.

It is necessary to provide neighboring regions with talent so they can enjoy similar levels of education, health care and social security, Zhao said.

The capital can benefit a lot from regional cooperation. It should not only slim down, but also shape up, Zhao added.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING  |   2015-01-19 15:07:37

 

Beijing downtown clean up,

markets given the boot first

 

By Fang Ning

 

Another market in downtown Beijing shut up shop, for good, on January 1, 2016.

The closure of the sprawling Yuyuantan Pet Market, one of the largest of its kind in Beijing that covered more than 2,000 square meters, is the most recent market, within Beijing’s second ring road, to be forced to cease trading.

“Over the past few years, cool markets have slowly begun to disappear from Beijing’s downtown area. It is a pity that this one could not escape the same fate,” said one aquarist who had been a regular customer at the market for over two decades.

The municipal government, for its part, cited traffic and population pressures as the main drivers behind the closure of these markets. However, observers say this urban planning measure has its downside and will result in increased living costs for residents.

Gao Wei, secretary general of the Beijing Folk Custom Society, said those commercial tenants forced to vacate wholesale markets would have to open new stores and pay higher rental fees, which would eventually effect customers, as prices would increase.

“A city as big as Beijing should keep some of its low-cost business areas in the downtown area,” he said.

Beijing’s neighbors, including Hebei Province and Tianjin municipality have shown interest in welcoming Beijing’s ousted commercial tenants. But Gao said that Beijing was a more attractive location as they had established a network of patrons and were guaranteed a constant flow of human traffic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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