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The first commercial flights from Beijing’s new Daxing International airport took off in September 25 – an airport that cost $63 billion to build, is roughly the size of 100 football fields and is expected to become one of the world’s busiest.

It was hailed as “a new powerful source of national development” at a ceremony overseen by President Xi Jinping.

Shaped like a phoenix – though to some observers it is more reminiscent of a starfish – the airport was designed by famed Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid. It boasts four runways and is expected to handle up to 72 million passengers a year by 2025, eventually reaching 100 million. (Reuters, 25 Sep 2019)