“The opening and operation of Xiamen Metro Line 3 has brought me real convenience and a sense of gain, which is simply delightful,” said Chen Lin. Chen Lin lives in Huli Nanshan Apartment in Xiamen City and works in Wuyuan Bay. Talking about the changes in commuting in the past year, before the opening of Metro Line 3 on June 25, 2021, I would go out at 8:00 every morning to catch the No. 843 bus. It would take nearly an hour to get to the company during the morning rush hour, and the traffic jam would be even longer. . Today is not what it used to be. Now, it takes 20 minutes to go from Huli Park Subway Station to Wuyuanwan Subway Station on weekdays, which is fast and comfortable.
After the opening and operation of Xiamen Metro Line 3, Huli Rail Transit has formed a pattern of “radiating from the center and going out of the island in three directions”, ushering in the era of networked operation. At the same time, the integration of subway, bus and BRT is also more convenient, the coverage of public Transportation network is significantly expanded, and the travel of citizens is more convenient. Chen Lin’s voice is the true portrayal of the rapid development of the Huli traffic network in recent years.
Huli District with convenient transportation (Photography：Wang Huoyan)
A veritable “Portal of egret Island”
Through the ages, all industries have prospered, and the first is in traffic. As the central urban area of the island, Huli District has a well-developed transportation network and a convenient three-dimensional transportation network of sea, land and air. Not only the subway density is the highest in the city, but also Gaoqi Airport, Cruise Terminal, Train Freight Station, five ground exits from the island, Xiamen to Kinmen The route, the second west channel, and the second east channel (under construction) are all within HuLi District. The bridge-tunnel traffic has given wings to the construction of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone, and the Huli District has become a veritable “Portal of egret Island”.
All roads lead to Huli District, and all roads lead to home. Also in June 2021, with the opening of the Haicang Tunnel, the “four bridges and one tunnel” familiar to Huli people entered the era of “four bridges and two tunnels”, namely Xiamen Bridge, Haicang Bridge, Xinglin Bridge, Jimei Bridge, Plus Xiang’an Tunnel and Haicang Tunnel. The completion of the Haicang Tunnel facilitates people to travel between Haicang and HuLi, greatly improves the inter-island traffic capacity in Huli District, shortens the distance between the Maluan Bay New City and Huli District, and ensures that Haicang and the HuLi are The “half-hour traffic circle” within the city area has built an efficient and accessible regional transportation network, created high-quality urban transportation, and provided strong support for the construction of a high-quality, high-value, modern international city .
All roads lead to Huli District, and all roads lead to home. Also in June 2021, with the opening of the Haicang Tunnel, the “four bridges and one tunnel” familiar to Huli people entered the era of “four bridges and two tunnels”, namely Xiamen Bridge, Haicang Bridge, Xinglin Bridge, Jimei Bridge, Plus Xiang’an Tunnel and Haicang Tunnel. The completion of the Haicang Tunnel facilitates people to travel between Haicang District and Huli District, greatly improves the cross-island traffic capacity of Huli District, shortens the distance between Maluan Bay New City and Huli District,It ensures the “half-hour traffic circle” within the urban area of Haicang and Huli, and builds an efficient regional traffic network. It has created high-quality urban transportation and provided strong support for the construction of a high-quality, high-value, modern and international city.
A powerful engine for cross-island development
Today, the situation of bridges, tunnels, and rail links is a powerful engine for the development of cross-island development in Huli District. The starting and ending points are located at Fangzhong Road in Huli and the second east passage (Xiang’an Bridge) of Liuwudian in Xiang’an. It is expected to be completed and opened to traffic before the Spring Festival in 2023, which will add a solid impetus for Huli District to become a leader in comprehensive high-quality development.
Traffic has always been one of the important factors in the rise of cities. In the past 20 years, Xiamen has further promoted the strategy of “enhancing the island and developing across the island”. In creating a new pattern of cross-island development with a stable “fan head” on the island and a stretched “fan surface” outside the island, the “fan bone” role of transportation has been further demonstrated.In response to the times, Huli, the birthplace of the special zone, is actively moving forward, making the “egret Island Gateway” bigger and stronger, closely surrounding the city’s expressway network system, and orderly promoting the construction of key traffic projects, greatly improving road evacuation and drainage capabilities, and improving road evacuation and drainage capabilities. It has improved the travel conditions of the people and created a good business environment.
While promoting cross-island development in depth, Xiamen has actively integrated into the backbone of China’s national comprehensive three-dimensional transportation network. The interconnected transportation network facing the world has become increasingly complete, and its status as an international comprehensive transportation hub has become increasingly prominent.
A benchmark area for a country with strong transportation
As a pilot city for the construction of a strong transportation country, during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period, Xiamen will comprehensively accelerate the construction of a modern comprehensive transportation system. Building an international aviation hub with access to the world is one of the important measures for Xiamen to comprehensively build an international comprehensive transportation hub during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period. In terms of railways, shipping, etc., Xiamen has also made simultaneous efforts. At present, the Xiamen section of the Fuzhou-Xiamen high-speed railway is being accelerated, and all key control projects of the project go hand in hand to create favorable conditions for the opening to traffic in 2023. At that time, the travel time from Fuzhou to Xiamen will be shortened to less than 1 hour. Not only that, in the next five years, Xiamen Transportation will basically form a “2.5-hour business circle” in the southwestern Fujian coordination area, a “1-hour living circle” in Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou, and Jinmen, and a “half-hour commuting circle” in Xiamen.
Xiamen has set itself a long-term goal to become a benchmark city in a transportation powerhouse by 2035. For Huli District, which is in an important position, relying on a more powerful transportation network, it is full of confidence in entering a new situation and going international.
The road construction in Huli and Xiamen is just a microcosm of China’s steady progress in building transport infrastructure. Today, China is accelerating the construction of a transportation powerhouse, and the scale, coverage and depth of the comprehensive three-dimensional transportation network have been continuously improved. Today, China has the world’s largest high-speed railway network, expressway network, and world-class port group. Aviation and navigation reach the world. The comprehensive transportation network exceeds 6 million kilometers. China insists on connecting with the world and the times, vigorously promoting transportation connectivity, and better serving the high-quality development of the “Belt and Road”. Transportation construction has become a pioneer in China’s modernization.