The plan involves neighboring cities less than 10 km apart — the provincial capital Shenyang and resource-rich Fushun. Both are known as traditional industrial centers.
According to the plan, the two cities will forge closer ties and pool resources in transportation, communication, industrial production, technology, health care, education and financial services.
Shenyang’s edge in industry, human resources and technology complement the raw materials and labor force of Fushun.
Development of an adjoining 605-sq-km area between the two cities is key to the scheme.
With the Hunhe River running through it, the pilot area is divided into two parts — an ecological zone north of the river and an industrial zone to the south. Part of the concept is to establish an eco-friendly urban Shenyang-Fushun corridor.