A new northern powerhouse envisaged by Chinese state planners will have a population of 130 million.As envisaged by Chinese state planners, the new urban area would combine the cultural and hi-tech industries of Beijing – which has just announced its part of the strategy – with Tianjin’s port facilities and the resources of the surrounding province of Hebei – or Ji as it is known. Hence Jing-jin-ji.
Currently the area has a population of approximately 130 million people – which is about the same as Britain and France combined or 41% of the United States. Its area of 212,379 sq km is difficult to comprehend so traditionalists might like to think of it as just over the size of 10 Waleses.
Or to put it another way Jing-jin-ji will be about the same size as Scotland and England stuck together.