Lin'an will formally become the 10th district of the city tomorrow.
The government aims to make Lin'an a new urban district featuring scientific innovations, ecological environment and scenic landscapes, Lu Chunqiang, Party secretary of Lin'an District, said.
"We firmly believe that Lin'an will play a unique role in constructing Hangzhou into a world famous city with the above mentioned strategy," Lu said.
"In three to five years, Lin'an will catch up with the development of Hangzhou through further integration with the city and make people's livelihood a priority."
"We have made preliminary assessment on 39 policies related to people's livelihood, ranging from civil administration to social securities. We estimated that the municipal government will spend 670 million yuan (US$100 million) more on people's livelihood after the new district is formed and local residents will certainly benefit from the increase." Lu said.
Lin'an, a county under Hangzhou bordering Anhui Province, has become the city's 10th district, Hangzhou Vice Mayor Wang Hong announced at a local legislators' meeting on August 24.
On September 8, the construction of 14 key projects with a total investment of 13 billion yuan was launched at Binhu New City beside Qingshan Lake in Lin'an, covering infrastructure, public service, environment protection and commercial building.
Currently the Hangzhou-Anhui Expressway is the only fast access from Lin'an to downtown Hangzhou. In the future, commuters can take Hangzhou-Lin'an Intercity Railway from 2019. Hangzhou-Lin'an-Jixi High-speed Railway will be completed in 2022 and will later be further extended to Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province.
In addition, the construction of the western extension of Liuxiang Road, expansion of Keji Revenue and Southern Ring Road will make it much faster for vehicles.
In Lin'an, the forest coverage rate is 78.2 percent with Tianmushan and Qingliangfeng national natural reserve areas and Qingshan Lake National Forest Park.
The Lin'an District government will be officially established at 398 Yijin Road in Jincheng Sub-District with the approval of the State Council, according to an earlier announcement by the provincial government.
Thus, Hangzhou will have 10 districts, namely Shangcheng, Xiacheng, Jianggan, Gongshu, Xihu, Binjiang, Xiaoshan, Yuhang, Fuyang and Lin'an, and three counties, Tonglu, Chun'an and Jiande.
Lin'an has a permanent population of 529,400 and an area of 3,124 square kilometers. After it becomes a district, Hangzhou will have 5.98 million permanent residents in 10 urban districts.