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G20 Summit spotlights Hangzhou’s urban policies

Overlooking nearby high rises at this week's G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)

The G20 summit shined a spotlight on urban policy in the host city of Hangzhou, China.

The megacity boasts what is widely considered to be the world’s largest bike-share program. Chen Mengwei reports for China Daily that the latest upgrade debuted just before global leaders converged on the city of 9 million.

Customers can now rent bikes by simply scanning a QR (Quick Response) code with a smartphone. The technology offers an alternative to paying with cash or a credit card. According to the article, more than 300,000 people rent bikes daily on average in Hangzhou from 3,500-plus kiosks with just over 84,000 bikes.

Meanwhile, James Areddy reports for the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on the city’s efforts to move farmers and their families into residential towers. The two thousand families relocated to high-rises near the meeting site reflect wider urbanization efforts throughout China, the article says. The families were offered compensation for selling their land and steep discounts on new apartments. 

China Daily and Wall Street Journal

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