SHIJIAZHUANG, March 10, Xinhua -- The Xiong’an New Area in north China's Hebei Province plans to plant about 6,670 hectares of trees this year.

key program 3.12 Xiongan New Area to plant over 6600 hectares of trees in 2020

The afforestation is to be implemented in spring and autumn, respectively, with the engineering cost for the spring session at 708 million yuan (102 million U.S. dollars), according to China Xiong’an Group.

By the end of 2019, Xiong’an had planted 14 million trees covering an area of 20,700 hectares, said the government-funded company.

In 2017, China announced to establish the Xiong’an New Area to move non-capital functions out of Beijing.

Featuring high technology, smart urban planning and a sound ecological environment, the new area aims to become a significant part of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster and provide a Chinese solution to "big city malaise," including overcrowding, pollution and traffic congestion.

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