Inside China’s New $17 Billion Mega Airport – Beijing Daxing


– New mega airport, the
Beijing Daxing Airport. – At one point there were up
to 40,000 workers working here. – Whoa! (upbeat music) The airport here has became
a major tourist site. It’s an incredible
feature at Daxing Airport. So I wanna take you guys for
a visit to Chinese Garden. So here we’re at the top of
the airport, the garden here. (air whooshing) (mellow electronic music) Look at us, behind. This is Chinese high speed train. Every seat here just looks
like a first class seat on the aeroplane, don’t you agree? (upbeat music) So today I am going to take you to explore China’s new mega airport. The Beijing Daxing Airport. At least 46 kilometres
south of Beijing city. And, there are two ways
to get there by train. One is on a high speed rail like this, the Chinese fast bullet train. And, it costs about 90 Yuan. You get a seat in
business class like this, or 25 yuan in the second class. And the second way is by
a dedicated metro line, and it’s about 25 minutes
by the metro line. There’s one button on
the chair you push down. It convert to a flat bed. Just as good as first class
seats on the aeroplanes . I have the whole cabin here, myself. Business class, only five seats available. It’s incredibly quiet on this train. And, you couldn’t hear much noise. And it’s very little vibration as well. So now we’re gonna speed
up all the way to Daxing. (lighthearted guitar music) So I arrived China yesterday, and I have to be honest, there’s something bothers me. I couldn’t check my Google mail, I couldn’t watch YouTube, Netflix. I couldn’t commenting on Instagram. And, Internet censorship is
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seats around 180 degrees when they change track and
go to the other directions. Here I come, Beijing Daxing. (lighthearted music) British Airways the flight behind me is the first to arrive. A foreign airline, first
arrival at Daxing Airport today, at 9:10 AM. – Here we are, Sam. Beijing Daxing (speaking
in foreign language). The new Daxing International Airport. – [Sam] Hello, Christiano.
We’ve been waiting for you! – Hey. – [Sam] How are you (laughs)? – Good to see you. Finally here. And it’s a great pleasure
to be here with you guys, for the opening of the new Daxing Airport. The end of eights years of work in great collaboration with our
French and Chinese partners. – [Sam] Welcome to Beijing.
– Hello. – [Sam] Welcome to Daxing. – Ah! Hi, hello! – [Sam] Welcome to
Beijing. Welcome, welcome. – Hello, ni hao. – [Sam] First crew ever,
welcome to Daxing Airport. Welcome to Beijing. – [Woman] Ni hao! – This point right here, between my feet, is the
absolute centre of the building. So, it’s a six-armed star. South here’s international,
the other four are domestic, and then the north is the railway station. Everything comes together
geometrically right in this point. – [Sam] Wow, look at this – [Christiano] Right in
the centre of the building. – [Sam] Mirrors on the ground. – At one point, there were up to 40,000
workers working here– – [Sam] Whoa! – Uh, three times eight,
so 24 hour shifts. We had, at one point, 80 tower cranes. Manoeuvring things on the site. I think, rightly the people in China are very very proud of this building because it is, only possible
to do something like this amazing in China. And one of the things that’s really nice about one of the design
features that we have here is that you can stand
here, on the land side, right up until the edge of
the central, unifying space. That brings people together. So, one of the things that we have here, which I wanted to briefly explain is the vertically stacked design of the building. So, we have, we’re standing right up here on this mezzanine with
some restaurants and bars on the land side. And you look down into
this main central canyon, which is the big domestic departure canyon with all the domestic retail. Above it, you have
international departures. So, passengers cross the canyon and they go over to emigration, where they take their passport control and go out to the international,
up here to the south. And then down below in this big oculus, this big elliptical hole, you have the immigration,
where people are arriving. The first thing they can do is look up and see this wonderful space that is quite uplifting and relaxing after a long flight. You see this central dome here, where we have the national flag hanging, it’s a big dome, which brings in light. You’re coming through from the land side, over to the air side,
into the central dome, and it’s a space where
you orientate yourself. And then you can see there’s
different strips of light that go down the individual piers, so it becomes very intuitive, the way you find your way to the gate. And if you look down the piers, you will see that you
can see all the way down to the pier ends, you can see all the individual gates. So, suddenly the airport is a sign. Even though it’s a very large building. It’s one of the largest, single volume passenger terminals in the world. It’s not intimidating. It’s still on a human scale. It uses this idea of courtyards, which is something that
comes out of traditional Chinese architecture. It uses this idea of layering of spaces, which is also quite an urban feeling. And makes people feel comfortable. And, it also makes people feel like they’re in control of their journey. So it’s eight and a half, nine minutes, from the central part of the building to the furthest gate on the pier, which is quite, quite remarkable for an airport of this size. And also, we do it all
without the so called, APM. We don’t need one of those airport trains. One of those airport people movers. Everything is done on foot, which makes it very sustainable also. Here around the central space, we have these six mega columns. You can see here, one, two, three, four, and fix and six are behind us. Just with these six mega columns and a space frame technology, which is very large space frame technology using steel-welding spheres and hollow, round sections, so tubes. Which has developed now, and now over the last
several decades in China. It’s now quite a sophisticated technology that lets us span, you know, these incredibly long
distances, column free. And so, what that means is all the things you see inside here, including where we’re standing, the retail pods,
everything here in theory, could be moved around. Over the next 50 to 70 years, which is kind of a lifespan
of a project like this. Things could move around
and be replaced here without changing the
character of the building, or having to gut it, or having to kind of rip it apart. – The airport here has
became a major tourist site. Look at the people continuously, like a river coming in,
taking photo and selfies. They’re not flyers, but
they just coming to enjoy the environment. The brand new China’s mega airport. (lively music) – [Sam] (speaking in foreign language) – [Woman] (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – [Sam] (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – Here we are in level four, which is the traditional
full service check-in level with traditional check-in desks. Both for international and
domestic travel passengers. But also, what this airport has, which is a huge innovation, is the level below which is dedicated to self-processing passengers who arrive already with a boarding
pass and have no bags where they can drop a
bag through an automatic bag drop chest. Frequent domestic travellers
have their own level below. And that really expedites
passenger throughput. – Coming out of the train
station on the ground floor here, I already see a lot of check-in counter. This is the beauty of Daxing Airport. A feature is a transportation hub, seamlessly connected to the airport. So, when you come out from the train, you go straight to check-in, go up third, fourth floor, go through the security checkpoint and go straight to the boarding gates. The whole experience will be seamless. Wow, when you arrive at
the airport, straight away, you felt the architecture
is just wonderful, amazing. There’s lots of curve here. You can see the whole
airport is curved around, and it just felt very
spacious, very bright. (upbeat music) It’s an incredible
feature at Daxing Airport where this here, a straight
line, at 44 kilometre, you could get through
to Tian’anmen Square, and then to the Bell
Tower, to the Drum Tower, to the National Stadium. It is all a straight line. They call the centre axe of Beijing and I encourage you guys
to come to see the landmark here on the fourth
floor of Daxing Airport. So I just passed through the security in the air side, international side, here. You can cross the two bridges, then you get to the custom, then after that it will be the gate area. (upbeat music) So I am at the international
pier at Daxing Airport, a separate, is for domestic pier and the international pier here. And right in front of me,
there’s actually a very nice Chinese garden. So, I wanna take you guys for
a visit the Chinese garden. (upbeat music) – Yeah, it’s nice, it’s really nice. – Wow, who doesn’t like
to have a beautiful, quiet, tranquil moment
before your long haul flight? (uplifting instrumental) So this is located in the
international pier towards the end of the pier. If you guys have a few hours, then come out here. Have some fresh air. So here we’re at the top of
the airport, the garden here. Yay! (birds chirping) (uplifting instrumental) I haven’t exercised long time. As I’ve shown you here, you
can actually do some exercise, before or after your
flight here in the lounge. – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – Oh! This is a bunk bed. So there’s actually two lounges in the international
side of Daxing Airport. This one I’m sitting at is
called East Pacific Lounge. It’s actually a pay lounge. And they expecting priority
pass to come later on. The other lounge is BCS.
It’s also partially open. (upbeat music) What’s impressive is actually
the bridge behind me. You can kind of board
direct from the lounge and onto the aeroplane. So when you compare Daxing with Istanbul, which opened in April this year, they’re both mega
airports projected to have 100 million passengers due time. In my opinion, both Istanbul
and Daxing are brand new, built on a clean sheet,
21st century airport with a lot of good connectivity technology and good features. The new Istanbul airport is
actually a long, rectangular shape built like a Turkish palace. It is very grand, however I
think it is very long walking from one end to the other end. The starfish shape, Daxing
Airport, is actually quite smart. From one end to the other
end, I walked around no more than 10 minutes in total. Because of that five pier
shape, like a starfish. But, what I really want you
guys come out to experience both of the airport
and share your opinion. Which one do you like more. – [Announcer] (muffled speaking) Your flight, BA38, from Beijing to London. – So British Airways is
the first foreign airline to depart out of Daxing here. So, at 12:10 the flight depart for London. (upbeat music) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – (speaking in foreign language) – Hello! Welcome aboard. May I have a look at your boarding pass? This way please. This cabin, the last to second row. – I’m not flying today
I’m sending off you guys. You guys are making history here. (laughs) First international airline– – Yes, we are. – Arriving and departing Beijing. – We are. We’d love to have you onboard, sir. – Ah, man.
– (laughs) – Love you. Thank you.
– Love you too. – Thank you.
– Thank you very much. – Bye-bye.
– Bye-bye. – [Flight Attendant On
Left side] Fantastic. (aeroplane whirring) (upbeat music) (aeroplane whirring) (upbeat music) (air whoosh) (bell ring)

100 thoughts on “Inside China’s New $17 Billion Mega Airport – Beijing Daxing

  1. Bro is it just me who is wondering how the hell he got the footage of the plane taking off and landing if he wasn't even on it?????????!!!!!!!!!

  2. All the chinese modern things are low quality or duplicate. I don't like so… But admire with Japan. Japan must conquer china once more but not kill but to teach them how to produce everything with better quality and also to make them more mannered…

  3. All the groveling to the corrupt Chinese dictatorship really makes me sick. These people are monsters, that harvest organs, and control every aspect of there people’s life.

  4. By far the grandest looking airport in the world. Unfortunately, it’s in one of the most oppressive Nations in the world. As a result, I’ll only see it in videos.

  5. That specific metro line actually let you drop off your luggage and check them in before getting on it, like a actual checkin booth in airport

  6. Communist China is still in the dark ages. All this ego marketing highlights the a dying system. Zero respect… Honk Kong is gonna be your downfall… bet on it!

  7. About 2 decades plus ago when I was a flight steward with SQ, I flew to Beijing in 1989 when China opens its door to the world, back then, we traveled from the airport to our hotel ( Holiday Inn) on mud road, I swear!! The airport was like a military compound with Guards in green uniform standing raised plat form, see how China has arrive!? Best Wishes!

  8. That's a great project. And I really hope that all construction workers who participated in this project have been fairly paid.

  9. One hell-of-a beautiful design Sam – there you have form, functionality and beauty all in one the ultimate in yin-&-yan. Thinking back to when I was a small child in the late 70's its amazing to see the speedy progress of China in so many aspects of advancing forward such as bringing the best of west to the masses and of course a better quality of life to the people. As Mr Cristiano Ceccato stated 'the airport design isn't intimidating going by its sheer scale' we should fully understand that because its a true work-of-art with so many breathtaking features, designs, curves and a total uniqueness to its architecture what more could you say, absolutely superb! Well, thanks again Sam that's another A+ & 10/10 so as always Keep On Keeping On Man…

  10. Chinese sure can build things, things look great and grand but the physical touch is sooo cheap like all the things they make

  11. uhhh so this is like the fucking coolest most beautiful airport I've ever seen. This should be the new standard for airports and I'm super jealous, being from the US dealing with our crappy dilapidated airports.

  12. It’s called Beijing DA XING airport because in Chinese, DA XING 大新means big new which is kinda why they named the airport that.

  13. I'm curious how Sam got the footage of the British Airways Landing and departing when he didn't even flew with them 🤔

  14. it's incredible luxury and amazing airport and people suffering from unaffordable daily pork consumption meanwhile.
    Guess what the people choose if they have the rights to choose– new airport? daily pork and other consumption?
    So, obviously China leaders choose airport while the people choose affordable daily consumption and safe products as well as the clean air–not airPORT.

  15. Beautiful airport congrats to China…but not better than Istanbul New Airport, which is bigger in size and more beautiful architecture.

  16. As a Chinese local. I am sooooooooo proud on this amaing accomplishment!!!
    谢谢你sam 把我们中国的机场拍的这么好 让更多世界的人看到中国的超级工程!

  17. The best airport in the world is Sydney int. as its been building, expandind, renovating, traffic disrupting in the last 3 decades and still onging. Sydney airport design is so amazing i just felt like at home cause it just like my 2 bedroom home.

  18. Love that you highlighted the rail connection to the airport by using the train and talking about it at the beginning.

    Almost no airport in the world is this well connected. (With some European exceptions)

  19. Beautiful,stunning,amazing, truly a work of man made art and engineering Sam Chui you never disappoint with you amazing videos love the TWA Hotel one to much love from the middle of the United States Kansas 🛬✈️🛫

  20. 以为从小到大在国外长大的华裔uper, 结果冒一句汉语那个纯正啊!台湾出生还是大陆?

  21. Sam I have a question about the architecture. I didn't see any corners or right angles anywhere. Here in Canada our Museum of Civilization was built that way to honour the Inuit's belief that evil spirits hide in corners. Solution? No corners anywhere. The whole building's construction was heavy on calculus.
    Is there any sort of thing like that in the design of Daxing or is it design preference by the architects and the Chinese partners?

    Istanbul or Daxing? Saw a program on Istanbul's new airport. Daxing wins hands down for beauty in particular and practicality and ease of use along side it.

    Zaha Hadid Architects and ADP Ingeniérie did fabulous work! I take my hat off to them and the many others who built this beauty. It is a timeless design.

  22. For 1.4 billion people, happiness, wealth, prosperity, freedom, security, hope, living and working in peace, are always more important than false and oral human rights concepts.

  23. 14:32..UUUGGHHHH that HORRID BA Business class that really cramped premium economy. FUCKING HATE IT!

  24. Looks incredible, guess it'll be trying take the top spot from the very beautiful Singapore Jewel Changi airport. Sam, you could do a vlog on that as it's still rated the best 👍

  25. As a spectator of Germany, I am ashamed when I see how long they have with us with the small Berlin airport problems and in China, such a large airport within 4.5 years completed. Respect! Good job

  26. Sam knows the best in how to do this kind of stuff. This airport got a lot of official propaganda, but people still need a review like this. The woman at the beginning said it the best, “pride”.

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