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Old October 19th, 2010, 06:11 PM   #361
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Subway line's ok, they say
18 October 2010
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Some doubts about the safety of a certain part of Guangzhou's northern subway extension that were made public in September have now been laid to rest - maybe.

It all has to do with claims of substandard concrete work in a passage in the northern extension of Subway Line 3, which were made over the Internet in mid-September.

The whistleblower was Zhong Jizhang, an engineer at the Guangzhou Huijian Center of Engineering Quality and Safety Monitoring, who claimed there had been a cover-up, which triggered worries about the safety of the city's subway projects.

A spokesman for the city's urban-rural construction commission confirmed Zhong's report on Oct 15, but said that the passage was safe to use and cited a study by a team of experts that the commission had asked to examine it.

The passage in question links two tunnels for work and emergency purposes and is not itself a major tunnel for trains.

The commission's group of experts concluded on Oct14 that the concrete issues would have "no decisive impact on the quality of the entire project" and could meet safety requirements.

But the cause of the flaw is still under investigation, the spokesman added.

Zhong, the whistleblower, is a retired engineer who works for the engineering quality center, and who said in his blog that the tunnels had been given the all clear last year in spite of the substandard quality of the work.

The spokesman confirmed that the Guangzhou Metro Corp (GMC) discovered the flaw in October of last year and asked the project's designer to "evaluate the structural safety".

The design institute concluded that, in spite of the concrete flaw, the passage still met all structural safety requirements.

However, a Guangzhou-based newspaper disputed this in a report on Oct 13 that said tests by two companies hired by the GMC and the construction company found that the concrete in part of the passage failed to meet design specifications.

When the public began expressing doubts about this last week, the city sent a team of experts to do a thorough check of the passage and look for any flaws in construction work and project monitoring. They concluded that it was safe to use.

The construction commission said they would continue to monitor the quality of the northern extension "in a strict way". The line is scheduled for completion this month so that it will be in operation by November, before the Asian Games.

But, on Oct 14, it was reported that Beijing's Chang Cheng Bilfinger Berger Construction Engineering Co Ltd, which handled the extension, has been banned from bidding for any new projects in Guangzhou for six months.

Chang Cheng Bilfinger was established in 1995 as a Sino-German joint venture. The parent companies are Germany's Bilfinger Berger AG and the Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

Guangzhou has plans for its subway network to have eight lines, for a total of 236 km, when the Asian Games open next month. The current six lines handled a record 5.13 million passengers on the national day holiday, Oct 1.
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Here is a summary of all major development plans in Guangzhou. Some is old news, some maybe new.

1. Zhujiang New Town CBD Eastward Extension; Yuancun and Pazhou development 珠江新城CBD 员村-琶洲

Masterplan for the New CBD extension has started in 2008. In 2010 the master plan in black below has been chosen. They are now making a more detailed plan. Yuancun is Divided in three zones the first one next to Zhujiang New Town will be the financial centre (D), next to that one is called the "Creative Island" (E) and the last one on the extreme right a Leisure and Fashion Centre (F). The area is already densly build as it is a cheap and popular residential area. Massive destruction will be done in order to build a better transport network and make space for new and modern residential buildings and office towers.

South of the Zhujiang River, the Pazhou area will be redevelopped as well focusing on office, exhibition, commercial venues and hotel. The area is hosting several old villages, Huangpucun and it's old harbour will be presevered and renewed while others with little architectural and historical value will be destroyed and replaced by new constructions.

Yuancun and Pazhou will be linked by 3 new tunels and a sightseeing bridge and several Subway lines will be build.


Zhujiang New Town is on the upper left corner





You can find more pictures about the old projects here

2. Baietan New CBD 白鹅潭

This project is supposed to start once the Zhujiang New Town area will be completed. It will be located in the south-west of Guangzhou on the border with Foshan.







More pictures here


3. Baiyun New Town RBD, 白云新城 RBD

This project is located north-west of Guangzhou around the old Baiyun Airport, that has been closed in 2004. It will be the RBD (Recreational Business District) of Guangzhou which is supposed to become a major cultural, shopping and entertainment centre in a near future. Construction has started few years ago without much people having heard about it.















Gate 5 Mall, build in old airport's 5th Gate


Wanda Mall

4. Central Axis southers expension

South of the newly build Canton Tower will be extended the central axis. The central axis will go from the Guangzhou East Railway station behind the citic plazza to the the very south of Haizhu District. It's lengh will be doubled and reach 12km in total.



Here some proposal for master plans (I saw others but can't find them back)





5. South Station's Guangzhou New Town

Little information about this project so far. They want to develop the area on the east of the railway station in Panyu.



2015 & 2020 Subway plan







I am living here for a while now, and I didn't expect Guangzhou to have so many major projects. Most people who have been here don't like it. But to those guys I wanna say: It's just a matter of time. Guangzhou is becoming a monster city with multiple centres like Tokyo has. Can't wait to see it in 10 years.
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Old October 31st, 2010, 04:04 AM   #363
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Guangzhou is going to have 3 extensive business districts (Zhujiang, Baientan, and Baiyun) in the future? At this rate, it's going to end up like a second Shanghai. The files are too large, however.

At Zhujiang, why is the ground of the old racecourse being kept? I thought their stands were demolished years ago and I expected the former venue to be wiped out altogether.
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Guangzhou suggested as Expo host in 2025
29 October 2010
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BEIJING - As the Shanghai Expo draws to a close, China is already considering a bid for another and is confident of hosting the global showpiece again in 2025, a senior official said on Thursday.

Currently a number of Chinese cities, including Ningbo and Guangzhou, have offered themselves as potential hosts, said Wan Jifei, deputy director of the Shanghai Expo Organizing Committee and chairman of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

"We are hopeful that China will hold another World Expo, probably in 2025," Wan told China Daily. "I think Guangzhou is the best choice."

The capital of Guangdong province is the host city for the upcoming Asian Games, one of the world's largest sporting events.

"Economic strength is vital for hosting a World Expo," Wan said. "Similar to Shanghai in the Yangtze River Delta, Guangzhou, as the center of the Pearl River Delta, has a vibrant economy and a profound cultural background, which can best represent the country."

An Expo candidate city must have a per capita GDP of $8,000, according to Wan.

Guangzhou's per capita GDP was about $11,700 in 2008 and is on its way to reach $15,000 at the end of this year, official figures show.

Wan also said that it's common practice for a country to host more than one Expo. The United States tops the list with 30 Expos - including eight comprehensive fairs like the one in Shanghai - since the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, considered the forerunner of World Fairs and Expos.

As the Shanghai Expo prepares to draw the final curtain this weekend, Wan has every reason to be proud.

"This is the first time the World Expo was held in a developing country and we can definitely call it a success," Wan said. "It fulfilled its target of being a splendid, successful and unforgettable cultural gala."

The Expo 2010 Shanghai opened on May 1 under the banner of "Better City, Better Life", with 189 countries and 57 international organizations participating.

On Sunday morning, total attendance at the fair surpassed the target of 70 million. The number stood at 71.84 million as of Thursday.

"I was delighted to hear about it and I am amazed that the estimated attendance was correct," Wan said, adding that about 5 percent, or 3.5 million visitors, were overseas tourists.

"The Expo will leave a profound legacy to Shanghai and China as a whole, in terms of the economy, science and technology, as well as society," he said.

Income from tickets, licensed products, and sponsorship show Expo had a "remarkable" impact on the city. The event helped generate more than 80 billion yuan ($12 billion) in tourism revenue for Shanghai and neighboring Yangtze River Delta cities, the China Tourism Academy said.

"The idea of using new energy and developing a low-carbon economy is the most valuable treasure that the Expo leaves for China's economic, technological and social development," Wan said.

For instance, bamboo or zero-carbon homes, chairs made from recycled newspaper, and chopsticks made of biscuits, all on display at the Expo, showcase the innovation of various countries and companies in adopting the Expo's theme.

It can take years between the first bid to host an Expo and final confirmation. The Chinese government officially decided that Shanghai would bid for the 2010 World Expo on Nov 18, 1999, and the city won the bid at the 132nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau on Dec 3, 2002.

"Of course it is too early to confirm the full extent of Expo's influence on China," he said. "We feel a lot of pressure after this success. My colleagues at the CCPIT and I have already started work on future events - the Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, and the 2015 event in Milan, Italy, as well as others. For us, the Expo will never end."

Ding Qingfen contributed to this story.
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Old November 8th, 2010, 05:35 PM   #365
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Loss of way of life angers city's residents
8 November 2010
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Ringson Chen, a 27-year-old financial planner, is no cultural expert. But he resents the disappearance of the Guangzhou he knew as a child.

"There used to be lots of old buildings in the Lingnan architectural style in Guangzhou, but so many have been demolished in preparations for the Asian Games," he sighed. "Now, the city's atmosphere is completely changed. You wouldn't know you're in Guangzhou any more."

Chen is just one of many native Guangzhou residents who are outraged about the demise of their local culture and the disappearance of their original way of life, thanks to the rapid economic development in recent years.

Ironically it is the Asian Games, supposed to promote Guangzhou as one of China's most prestigious and cultural cities, that has helped hasten the erosion of its heritage, residents say.

Even though the demolition of old quarters of the city started long before the Asian Games frenzy began, the event has provided fresh impetus for developers to speed up construction amid a government-led drive to boost the image of the city.

The construction of new underground railway lines ahead of the Games, for example, has meant many old buildings had to go under the wrecking ball. But residents are far angrier at commercial property development projects that destroy the old Guangzhou they loved.

Across Guangzhou, many two-storey houses with Guangdong's signature Lingnan architectural style have been razed and replaced by gleaming skyscrapers. Old stone-paved alleys have been bulldozed to make way for dual-carriageways. Traditional dim-sum restaurants have been vanishing amid the demolition of old residential areas.

The rapid disappearance of the old Guangzhou has left many local residents feeling helpless and insecure, but they say they are powerless to do anything. They say they are often left in the dark about the demolition projects until the last minute and when they are told, they are often given a consultation period of just 15 days.

And some gripe that the modernisation drive - in the name of the Games - has stripped the city of its unique character and created a glossy but bland looking city like any one of dozens on the mainland.

"The streets look completely different now and you can't see a trace of history anywhere," said one 28-year-old marketing executive.

Native Guangdong residents also feel increasingly alienated in their home city by an influx of migrant workers who cannot speak the local dialect.

"Now you walk into a shop, or get into a taxi and they speak Putonghua to you," said 22-year-old Domo Lun. "There are more and more outsiders in Guangzhou and we're forced to speak Putonghua in our own city."

This, against the backdrop of the central government's policy of mandatory use of Putonghua in government, education and virtually all of the state media, is a powerful enough force to threaten the Cantonese dialect, they say.

A number of Guangzhou schools have reportedly threatened children with punishment if they are found speaking Cantonese even at playtime. Many primary school pupils are unable to communicate with Cantonese-speaking grandparents because they have become so used to speaking Putonghua at school.

Linguists point out that Cantonese contains elements of ancient Chinese that can no longer be heard in Putonghua and should be preserved.

Many native Guangzhou residents say they are not averse to speaking Putonghua but resent the fact that it has taken over from Cantonese in everyday life.

Tensions came to a head over the summer after a local official proposed that Cantonese prime-time television programming be replaced by shows broadcast in Putonghua to make Guangzhou a more attractive place for Asian Games visitors.

Hundreds attended two Guangzhou rallies to defend Cantonese in July and August. Observers say these were manifestations of long bottled-up resentment against the marginalisation of their once-thriving local culture and language.

"That was the last straw. [The rallies] were a collective venting of anger," said Guangdong native writer Ye Du. "The effort to save Cantonese is an expression of our pain over the loss of our traditional culture."

Li Gongming , a professor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, said many local residents, even young ones, simply cannot face the dramatic changes made to their home towns. "When local people see the face of their home city altered beyond recognition, they simply do not know what to do. They are helpless amid all the changes and they have no voice," Li said.

Despite a flurry of official events aimed at promoting Guangdong folk culture ahead of and during the Asian Games, native Guangzhou residents say they would rather the government invest in the preservation of cultural heritage and their dialect to maintain the city's uniqueness and long-term attractiveness.

"I just miss that feeling of the old Guangzhou - the language and the way of life," said Michelle Xie, a 21-year-old hair stylist.
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Subway line rushed for Asian Games 'fails safety standards'
7 November 2010
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Guangzhou authorities have admitted some technical flaws in recently-built infrastructure, but say the rush to prepare the city for the Asian Games has not compromised the safety of its transport network.

Blogger Zhong Jizhang, an engineer at the Guangzhou Huijian Centre of Engineering Quality and Safety Monitoring, who uses the internet nickname "death-defying grandpa", has alleged that its No3 Metro line failed to meet safety standards.

The 67.25 kilometre line, linking Baiyun International Airport with the city's East Railway Station, is the mainland's longest subway line. Although part of the line has been operating for some years, the entire length was only completed on October 30, according to the website of CSR Corporation, a state-owned rolling stock manufacturer. Trains made by CSR operating on the No3 line are the fastest on the mainland, operating at speeds of up to 120km/h.

"The No3 Metro line that passes Guangzhou Asian Games venues does not meet standards and contains serious hidden safety risks, yet it is still being put to use," Zhong said on his blog.

He added that a section of the line had failed to come up to national construction standards and alleged that some officials had tried to cover the problem up.

Zhong's allegations generated a storm of comments from mainland internet users and then found their way into the mainstream media.

The Southern Metropolis Daily reported that Guangzhou executive vice-mayor Su Zequn had admitted that a section of the line failed to meet cement hardness standards but he said the section in question was not part of the main line and that meant its safety had not been compromised.

The Hong Kong edition of the China Daily reported that a Sino-German joint venture, Beijing Chang Cheng Bilfinger Berger Construction Engineering, that built the section of line concerned was blacklisted and banned from bidding for further projects in Guangzhou for six months. Beijing Bilfinger is a joint venture between Bilfinger Berger of Germany and Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

But Beijing Bilfinger told the South China Morning Post it had not received notification about any such ban. The company said that just because a part of the line did not meet a specification did not mean the line had failed to meet standards.

"The No3 line is safe and has met quality standards. This matter is currently being addressed by the authorities," it said. "We are fully co-operating with the authorities in their investigation."

Zhong wrote on his micro-blog on October 20 that the Guangzhou Metro Corporation, the state-owned firm in charge of the city's subway network, had told him that the provincial government had ordered a new inspection of the line. However, he was reluctant to go into further detail.

"It's better not to discuss this sensitive matter before the Asian Games," he told the South China Morning Post. "We should consider the public good."

Professor Zheng Tianxiang, a transport specialist at Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University, says China regularly runs the risk of sacrificing safety for speed in meeting construction project deadlines because state-owned enterprises involved in such projects follow orders instead of taking a scientific approach.

"If Chinese companies adopted a scientific approach, the safety risk would be much lower," he said. "Quality must not be sacrificed for the sake of speed. Safety is more important than economic efficiency."

Guangzhou now has 236 kilometres of subway line, up from just one 18 kilometre line eight years ago. The city's metro lines are part of the 109 billion yuan which Guangzhou has so far invested in infrastructure projects and upgrading the city's environment.

Zheng said inefficiency and poor planning had been evident in the frenetic expansion. For instance, the No4 line between Nansha and some Asian Games venues served a sparsely populated area. Priority should rather have been given to building rail lines to serve densely populated areas first, he said.

"Many sports facilities have been built for the Asian Games, but most of them will probably not be used after the Games," Zheng said. "There won't be so many sports events to justify the use of so many facilities."
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Old January 9th, 2011, 08:08 PM   #367
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Pazhou will have a 80 floors building

New details about the Pazhou development plan have been revealed 2 weeks ago.



They mention a 80-floor office building to be build. This might be around the 400m if I'm not mistaking. According to the picture I guess this will be on the east of the Pazhou Pagoda Park (east of Pazhou Exhibition Centre). They also speak about several other residential buildings of 18 floors and also one of 43 floors.

The picture doesn't show anything that looks like 400m. Renders will show up soon probably.

Here the source, all in chinese though. I probably didn't get all the information in it as my chinese is just average. Maybe some of you will find some other interesting information.
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Some projects in Pazhou

According to some chinese officials, Pazhou is supposed to become the Manhattan of Guangzhou. Here are some projects I've found on the web.
All low rises but with interesting design though.

Here below probably a shopping mall







Another one with weird design, under construction





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Great find Shiruba!!! Please give us more!!!
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400-STORE MALL TO COME IN GUANGZHOU
13 January 2011
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HONG KONG - Lan Kwai Fong Holdings Ltd, developer of Hong Kong's iconic stretch of bars and restaurants, will expand in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, to tap growing domestic consumption.

As many as 70 bars and restaurants will be opened in a 148,000-square-meter shopping mall in the southern Chinese city later this year, Lan Kwai Fong Chairman Allan Zeman said, without giving an investment amount.

The "Mall of the World" project will be a joint venture with the government and have 400 shops.

Tea houses and hot-pot restaurants were opened for the company's Chengdu expansion to cater to Chinese tastes and a similar plan will be adopted for Guangzhou, he said.

"If you want to do well in China, you have to fit in with the culture," said Zeman, who is studying a third expansion in Hangzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

"Consumer spending is huge in China, it's absolutely amazing," Zeman said.

Retail sales in China grew an average of 18.4 percent in the first 11 months last year.

Retailers, including LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and Salvatore Ferragamo SpA, are seeing rising sales in China and some are planning expansions in the world's fastest-growing major economy.

Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong's central business district contains more than 100 restaurants and bars. A two-year redevelopment plan of the stretch, which includes building a 28-story block designed with terraces on every floor for smokers, who are banned from lighting up indoors, is expected to be completed by 2013, Zeman said.
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Nine cities to be linked in Delta megalopolis
24 January 2011
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An ambitious urbanisation project aims to turn the Pearl River Delta, the factory of the world, into a super-size metropolis similar to Tokyo's sprawl.

In just a few years' time, it will no longer be just a concept, as the Guangdong government is planning the project at a cost of nearly 2 trillion yuan (HK$2.36 trillion) to merge nine cities and the rural area inbetween.

The Pearl River Delta Reform and Development planning framework is a priority of the province's 12th five-year plan.

The merged megalopolis will encompass about 40,000 sq km with a population of 42 million.

About 150 major infrastructural projects will integrate transport, energy, water works, information and telecommunications in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan , Dongguan , Zhongshan , Zhuhai , Jiangmen , Huizhou and Zhaoqing .

Together, they now comprise about 10 per cent of the national gross domestic product.

The plan, endorsed by the State Council in 2009, essentially turns the delta into an experiment in the mainland's attempt to deepen economic reform.

Although the State Council chose the area to be the forefront of the reform and opening-up campaign, which has made the delta prosperous for the past 30 years, it has lost its competitive advantage to city groupings in the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, southern Jiangsu and northern Zhejiang ) and the Bohai Economic Rim (surrounding Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang ).

Officials say they hope the Pearl River Delta region will be forged into a "globally competitive" and "vigorous area in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020".

Under the framework, an efficient intercity rail network comparable to that of greater London or Tokyo will connect the Delta cities.

Twenty-nine rail or light rail lines totalling 5,000 kilometres will be constructed, and the result will cut travel times to a maximum of one hour.

In addition, residents anywhere in the province will get to pay transport fares using a single smart card.

Phone bills could also be 85 per cent lower in a few years as long-distance charges within the merged area will be slashed. Public services such as education, health and social welfare will be unified.

Pollution - the price the Pearl River Delta has paid for being the former vanguard of China's economic reform - will also be addressed together. By 2020, the promise is that people will be closer, the water will be cleaner and the air will be fresher.

The plan has also outlined comprehensive development for the delta including industrial upgrades, technology innovation, environmental protection and social welfare until 2020. The prices of petrol, electricity, telecommunication services and other public necessities in those cities would also become unified.

The blueprint also identifies 30 key industries that are intellectual property and technology-intensive.

Authorities expect hi-tech manufacturing to make up 30 per cent of the province's industrial growth in the next decade, with service industries, including financial, 60 per cent.

By the end of next year, people with low incomes will be free to move around the delta, as their qualification for subsidised housing will be recognised no matter where they go.

Hong Kong and Macau are not included in the blueprint but could benefit from the integration if they become more actively involved in the region's infrastructure and industrial development, analysts say.

A light railway in Macau, to be completed by the end of 2014, will help connect public transport users throughout the city as well as with the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway. Passengers could then travel from Macau to Guangzhou in one hour.

When the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link is finished by the end of 2016, it will whisk passengers from West Kowloon to Futian station in central Shenzhen in just 14 minutes, with the ride to Guangzhou lasting 36 minutes, compared to about two hours currently.

But Professor Lin Jiang, of the Centre for Hong Kong, Macau and Pearl River Delta Studies at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, said both Hong Kong and Macau would find it difficult to integrate with the region.

Michael Tien Puk-sun, a member of Guangdong People's Political Consultative Conference and former chairman of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, said the essence of the Pearl River Delta integration would be about connecting people.

But he said Hong Kong was not doing too well in this department.

"If people are not able to move around freely, all talk of integration is simply meaningless. Just look at how much red tape one has to go through to cross the border. The Kowloon-Guangzhou through train runs only once an hour.

"If we are merging Hong Kong with the Pearl River Delta, the train service should really be once every several minutes." He added: "The current transportation mode from Hong Kong to the rest of the Pearl River Delta is very inconvenient. Constant traffic jams on the roads directly reduce our productivity."

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge - a series of bridges connecting the three cities - is due to be completed around 2015, but Tien it was a shame the project had neglected the railway element.

He said if the bridges could have been equipped with rail lines, the entire Pearl River Delta would form a nice, closely-connected circle.

"For railway construction, the key is linking," Tien said. "It's a real shame to see the bridge stop at Macau with no further link to the mainland.

"There is no turning back now, as things have already been planned. We can only rely on road transport for the time being.
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above information had been denied. Information is relying on wrong reports.
I will try to find the source back and post it here.
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South China metropolis may impose strict rules to ease congestion
Xinhua News Agency
1 February 2011

GUANGZHOU -- The capital city of south China's Guangdong Province is considering collecting higher road-use fees from motorists in an effort to alleviate congestion.

Guangzhou's traffic committee is soliciting public opinions on a draft of measures involving congestion fees similar to those imposed in Singapore and London.

The traffic department is accepting public submissions up to March 5.

The proposals published on January 23 also include parking fees designed to redirect vehicles to quieter parts of the city and encourage more people to use the public transport system.

The city will begin construction of 11 new rail routes over the next five years and 3,000 buses will be added to downtown services, boosting the public transport proportion of the city's traffic volume to 70 percent from 59.6 percent last year.

Guangzhou also plans to further reform the use of official cars, which contribute to traffic jams on Guangzhou's roads.

Guangzhou has almost 2.15 million registered vehicles. The city's traffic department granted more than 300,000 license plates to new car owners last year.

The number of private cars in Guangzhou has grown at an annual average rate of 22.1 percent over the past five years. The figure is 20.9 percent in Beijing and 21.5 percent in Shanghai.

Guangzhou has more than 90 cars for every 1,000 residents.

Beijing, with 20 million people and 4.8 million vehicles, has imposed a tough congestion-tackling measure, in which issuance of new car license plates this year is reduced to 240,000, a third the number in 2010.

From Jan. 1, applications by car buyers in Beijing were subjected to a lottery-style selection method to choose who could buy a new car.

However, Guangdong would not copy Beijing's practice of limiting vehicle registrations, because allowing more residents to own private cars was part of the provincial government's campaign to build a "happy Guangdong Province," Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua has said. (XBW)
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Whistleblower fired for sounding off on subway
9 February 2011
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

GUANGZHOU - A whistleblower is looking for a new job after he blogged about shoddy subway construction in this Guangdong provincial capital.

On Aug 30, two and a half months before the opening of the Guangzhou Asian Games, 69-year-old engineer Zhong Jizhang wrote that the intensity of the concrete used in the construction of the subway's Line 3 northern extension failed to meet national standards.

He further claimed that the concrete's inferiority and possible hazards were intentionally covered up by the contractor.

Zhong, a former engineer at the Guangzhou Suijian Center of Engineering Quality and Safety Monitoring, was the deputy chief of an inspection team examining the quality of the project.

His revelation later attracted attention from the media and sparked a host of coverage.

Zhang said he found the substandard concrete intensity as early as October 2009, and accused his boss of concealing the problems after taking a bribe from the contractor, according to Guangzhou-based New Express Daily.

After Zhong made the claim, Guangzhou Mayor Wan Qingliang urged relevant government departments to launch a thorough investigation on the city's metro projects.

As a result, the project's contractor was blacklisted and banned from bidding for any project in Guangzhou in the near future.

The Guangzhou urban-rural construction committee then established an independent panel of experts to evaluate and inspect the project's construction. The experts said the construction quality met the safety standards and no reinforcement work was needed.

However, the experts' verdict did not convince Zhong, who insisted the national standard must be strictly implemented.

After his online disclosure, Zhong's company notified him that his contract would expire at the end of December and would not be extended.

Zhong, a graduate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a veteran engineer of bridges and tunnels, said he is now busy looking for employment, the New Express Daily reported.

"I never regret (exposing the safety problems) as I told the truth and satisfied my conscience," Zhong was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

It was worth doing and he did not hate his employer, he added.

The Guangzhou Suijian Center of Engineering Quality and Safety Monitoring refused to comment on the case on Tuesday.

Zhong quickly became a hero among local netizens, once earning the nickname Maosiye, or "Death-defying Grandpa".

Chen Fanghong, a Guangzhou white-collar worker, said Zhong should not face retaliation by his employer just because he spoke the truth.

"Zhong dared to tell the truth under pressure and his behavior should be respected and encouraged," Chen said.
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Secretary for Development visits Guangzhou urban development projects
Hong Kong Government Press Release
19 February 2011

The Secretary for Development, Mrs Carrie Lam, today (February 19) continued her visit to Guangzhou to learn more about the urban development in the province.

In the morning, Mrs Lam visited a creative arts centre, the Redtory. Originally a canning factory in the Soviet style, the abandoned factory compound has been converted into a creative art centre with units available for renting by individual artists.

Mrs Lam then visited Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Centre (Pazhou Complex) and Asian Games Town. Pazhou Complex is the hosting venue of the annual China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair). Asia Games Town is located in the southern part of Guangzhou. Now that the Asian Games has taken place, the area will undergo further construction work to convert it into a residential area accommodating up to 100,000 people, in the process assisting the further development of adjacent cities.

In the afternoon, Mrs Lam toured Guangzhou South Railway Station in Panyu. Operational since January 2010, Guangzhou South Railway Station serves as a composite transport interchange where passengers can conveniently switch between express rail link, metro, taxi and bus services.

Having completed her two-day visit to Guangzhou, Mrs Lam returned to Hong Kong this evening.
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Guangzhou to invest 63b yuan in rail network
22 February 2011
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Guangzhou plans to spend 63 billion yuan (HK$74.58 billion) to expand its railway system in the next five years, the city's reform and development commission says.

A draft plan revealed at the annual meeting of the city's people's congress, which opened yesterday, said it would build three more metro lines - taking its total to 11 - and push ahead with constructing intercity rail links.

It is part of Guangzhou's plan to improve public transport and people's livelihoods in the next five years.

Guangdong party boss Wang Yang said it was time for people in the province - many struggling with high inflation, exorbitant taxes and unaffordable homes - to feel happy and he recently pledged to slow down Guangdong's annual economic growth rate from 12.5 to 8 per cent during the 12th five-year plan.

Speaking at the meeting's opening ceremony yesterday, Guangzhou mayor Wan Qingliang set 10 specific goals for improving people's living standards as the city works to boost residents' incomes, fight inflation and provide more affordable housing. The provincial capital's gross domestic product increased by 13 per cent last year and it is targeting growth of 11 per cent this year.

Guangzhou also plans to alleviate poverty in eight towns and 206 villages in the city's north, aiming to lift average annual incomes to at least 5,000 yuan by next year.

Meanwhile, the city will complete 68,700 low-cost, subsidised homes and begin building another 43,000. By the end of this year, the city government says the scheme should have helped solve the housing problems of 77,177 low-income families who registered with it in 2008.

In expanding the railway system over the next five years, Guangzhou will begin the first-phase construction of its seventh metro line, at a cost of about 7.8 billion yuan, and the first phase of its ninth metro line, at a cost of about 11.3 billion yuan. About 11.4 billion yuan of the funds will come from bank loans. Phase-two construction of the sixth metro line, costing around 11 billion yuan, will also begin by 2013. The city's existing eight-line metro system is not numbered sequentially.

The city will also begin work on the Guangzhou section of an intercity railway linking Dongguan and Shenzhen. Total investment in the Guangzhou section will be 1.5 billion yuan. Another railway linking Guangzhou to Shantou in eastern Guangdong, running for about 250 kilometres and costing 23 billion yuan, will also begin within the next five years. The Guangzhou government is also planning a line in Nansha, linking the district with Jiangmen , Foshan and Zhongshan . The 94-kilometre line will cost 9.2 billion yuan.

Meanwhile, the nation's top planning body in Beijing has approved a high-speed railway project along the coast of western Guangdong, local media reported. The 372-kilometre project - linking northern Shenzhen, Guangzhou's Nansha district, Zhongshan and Jiangmen to Yangjiang and Maoming in western Guangdong - will cost more than 45.8 billion yuan.
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Guangzhou is doing well in the development but i dont hope the traffic as worse as in Beijing (for me Mumbai is the worse)

Also, this city is changing her face everday, hope to see more awesome building stand in Guangzhou.
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China Southern Air to Build Aviation City with CNY10bn
25 February 2011

GUANGHZOU, February 25, SinoCast -- China Southern Air Holding Company will invest CNY 10 billion in building the aviation industrial city project in Guangzhou, the transportation hub in southern China.

The project will form an industrial chain with the focus on air transportation and also be the home of supporting industries. It will include such operations as the aviation financial center, in addition to the headquarters base of China Southern Air, one of China's three largest airline groups.

The Guangzhou Mayor Wan Qingliang pointed out that the development of China Southern Air reinforced Guangzhou's position as a central city in the country and enhanced its function as a comprehensive city. The city, in return, will further support the growth of the airline group and accelerate the airport economy.

In late 2010, China Southern Air announced that it would recruit 30-50 foreign aircraft commanders in a bid to expand its human resources.

It wants to seek commanders below the age of 55 in Oceania, America, and Europe, all of whom are expected to fly the A330 aircraft, disclosed an executive for the state-owned company.
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Are there any links or photos of the new opera house?
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