Beijing approves general city plan

Added On May 19, 2017

Beijing authorities have approved the general plan for the city's development during 2016 to 2030.
The Beijing municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC)  submitted the plan to the CPC Central Committee and the State Council for approval.
The plan outlines a basic development timeframe, goals and tasks, policies, measures, as well as ways to achieve sustainable development for the city.
It also sets limits on population and city development, and pledges to protect Beijing's history and culture, and improve public services.
Beijing also launched a smoking ban at the beginning of this month, which prohibits smoking in taxis.
There are about 71,000 taxis in operation in Beijing, including electric ones in the surburb. 
Authorities said taxi companies will instruct taxi drivers not to smoke while working. "No Smoking" signs will be put in taxis to remind passengers. 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) MR. GENG, Beijing Taxi Driver 
"I support banning smoking in taxis. It is good for one's health."
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) MR. QI, Beijing Taxi Driver 
"Before this ban was launched, when passengers smoked in my taxi, I would ask them not to. And they usually just put out the cigarette immediately."
Beijing's new plans are indicative of developments in the city that are improving residents' lives.