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China to build $2.8bn arts district near Beijing

The development of a 400-hectare arts district in the Hebei province of China, was announced at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Art Newspaper reports. Valley XL, which was unveiled by Guangdong Yuegang Investment Development, has been termed an ‘eco-city’ and is set to include a modern and contemporary art museum, space for artists’ studios, an art education district and commercial and residential areas. The $2.8bn project, to be built around 97km northeast of Beijing, has been linked to President Xi Jinxing’s project for integrating Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei into a single megalopolis.

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