China is going for all the records these days. It recently completed the world’s longest high-speed rail line, only to follow that up with the world’s fastest train. For an encore, the Chinese are now preparing to create the world’s largest mega-city:
The plan will merge nine existing cities across 16,000 square miles of the Pearl River Delta — creating a new boundary that encompasses China’s manufacturing core and, all told, accounts for almost 10 percent of the country’s economy. Unifying this vast region will take six years and require about 150 “major infrastructure projects,” reports the Telegraph, including 29 new rail lines, exceeding 3,000 miles of track in all, with ridership accessible by universal rail cards.