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Xi'an International Airport T5 Business District Master Plan

Xi’an International Airport (XIY) is building a new terminal (T5) to accommodate the outburst in passenger traffic. G-SaaN won an international competition to master plan a business district for Xi’an new gateway. G-SaaN's winning scheme is an integrated system of roads, expressways, rails, walkways and green belts and parks. A mega multifunctional mixed-use complex is planned in front of T5 and is connected with the ground transportation center (GTC). This reflects G-SaaN's concept of “extended landslide” with needed facilities such as hotels, retail shops, restaurants, and other public spaces serving the gateway. The road system is designed to ensure high-speed uni-directional airport traffic while maintaining a smooth non-terminal-bound traffic. Underground walkways will link terminal with the ancient tomb park only 1.5 kilometers away, and residents working in other neighboring parcels can walk or bike to the portal hub without crossing roads or bridges. Functions planned for these parcels include offices, hotels, corporate headquarters, government agencies and conference centers. It is expected to be the new vibrant gateway hub for the upcoming Xi'an airport city. 

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