No stranger to record-breaking projects, China has now completed one of the largest airports ever conceived – the USD $12BN Daxing International in Beijing.
With one of the world’s largest economies, the demand for air travel in and out of China is extreme. As the nation’s centre of political power – and as the second-largest city in a country of more than 1.3BN people – the pressure on Beijing is particularly intense.
Plans for a second international airport were first proposed in 2008, while the existing Beijing Capital International was undergoing a USD $3.5BN expansion ahead of the summer Olympic Games.
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Footage and images courtesy of Foster + Partners, AirportStudio, Yi Yuan Xinju, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), VCG, Google Maps, Quakesafe, Xiaodong Qui, Thomas Peter, Jason Lee, Kevin Frayer, Gopi Adusumilli, SentinelHub and Zhou Rougu Photography. Narrated by Fred Mills.