Planning for the China in West Africa
A 6 square mile plot of land in Noumoudjigulia, a border region between Guinea and the Ivory Coast, will be the site of a gigantic Chinese styled city, after closed-door talks with the West African and Qing government garnered results. The Board of Works has announced plans to construct and build a new, modern urban environment, where Chinese diaspora and businesses can interact with the West African country - which could potentially become China's largest foreign market for companies, investment, and a sustainable economic partner.
The Board of Works has christened the area 'Xijing', meaning 'Western Capital', for its location relative to China proper, as well as a plan to construct the Qing Emperor's new Summer Palace there. The aforementioned new Summer Palace, which will be an almost exact replica of the Old Summer Palace of Beijing, will be built in Xijing. Spanning 1.35 square miles, it will be 1.8 times larger than the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The Old Summer Palace, also known as the Yuanmingyuan or the Imperial Gardens, was a complex of palaces and gardens 8 kilometres northwest of the Imperial City. Contrary to popular belief, the Old Summer Palace was the main imperial residence of the Qing Emperor, whereas the Forbidden City was used for formal ceremonies. The Imperial Gardens consisted of the Garden of Perfect Brightness, Garden of Eternal Spring, and the Garden of Elegant Spring. Together, they covered an area of 1.35 square miles, and hosted hundreds of structures: halls, pavilions, temples, galleries, gardens, lakes and bridges, etc.
However, in 1860, an Anglo-French expedition force reached the palace and conducted extensive looting and destruction. The palace was so large that it took 4000 men 3 days of burning to destroy it. Many of its original artworks, such as sculptures, porcelain, jade, silk robes, elaborate textiles, gold objects, etc., were stolen by soldiers, and eventually sold to collections.
The Board of Works has provided blueprints of the Old Summer Palace, as well as recreations based on old historical descriptions and artworks, to construction firms responsible for the construction of Republic City, where it is hoped the exact architectural style will be mimicked to great accuracy. Over $10 billion USD in funds has been pledged to recreating the project, as well as an additional $5 billion USD for the construction of the city, adding onto the $8.55 billion USD the Board of Works has already pledged towards building Republic City.
The New Summer Palace will serve as the Emperor's personal lodging in the months of May to August, and will also serve as the Embassy building for West Africa upon completion. From September to April, the Palace will be open to the public as a museum and tourist spot, wherein visitors can enjoy the splendour of Chinese architecture and culture, and by moving from structure to structure, visitors can view a series of carefully composed scenes, akin to unrolling a scroll of paintings. The concept of a Chinese garden is to show a visitor a series of perfectly composed landscapes, which "hid the vulgar and the common as far as the eye can see, and included the excellent and the splendid." There was also a Western-style palace which was built in the Summer Palace, known as the Haiyantang, which boasted pavilions, aviaries, a maze, fountains, basins, and waterworks as well as perspective paintings. In addition, a fountain which bore twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac that spouted water in turn every 2 hours and in concert at noon, will be replicated and built.
Due to its posting as an Embassy building upon completion, it has been granted some degree of extraterritoriality, with its staff to be granted diplomatic immunity.
The Summer Palace will be separated from the rest of Xijing via a wall. Outside the wall, the Board of Works has announced that it will be imposing a height limit for all buildings of 18 meters within the Chinese plot, as to prevent it from obscuring the view of the New Summer Palace and Imperial Gardens. Preliminary zoning has occurred, setting out areas for stores, residential houses, and other buildings.
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