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Old January 1st, 2011, 08:38 AM   #1421
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 01:17 AM   #1423
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Europeans can buy an apartment in China legally? If so, where you can buy an apartment in the city? Do you have Internet addresses of real estate agencies?
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Old January 4th, 2011, 02:20 PM   #1424
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yes. you can buy apartment in the city. You can find chongqing's listed apartments for sale at http://esf.cq.soufun.com/
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Buying Property in Chongqing

Yes, you can purchase property in Chongqing, but there are some restrictions on where and how many. I have dealt with many foreigners buying property (am Canadian myself) Feel free to send me an email if you would like some further information. [email protected]

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Old February 13th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #1426
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Chongqing to raise weight of non-fossil energy consumption to 13 percent by 2015

CHONGQING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) – Chongqing, a municipality in southwest China, is planning to vigorously develop low carbon economy during the period of the 12 Five-Year Program and targeted to raise the weight of non-fossil energy consumption to 13 percent of total primary energy consumption by the end of 2015.

In order to develop low carbon economy, Chongqing will promote construction of low carbon buildings, green buses and lightening, and launch clean development mechanism projects.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 07:30 PM   #1427
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Chongqing to launch 10 million square meters of public housing
15:19, February 16, 2011

Starting from Feb. 12, 2011, Chongqing began to receive low-rent public housing applications. It will open 10 million square meters of public housing for applications this year, which is nearly half of the total area of commercial housing sold in Chongqing main city in 2010.

The first batch of low-rent public housing, with an area of about 4 million square meters (about 67,000 sets), will be available on March 2 and the second batch in October 2011. After that, citizens who have handled relevant procedures can gradually move into the homes.

Chongqing started construction on 13 million square meters of public rental housing last year, will begin construction on 13.5 million square meters this year and plans to construct 13.5 million square meters next year. The combined 40 million square meters of public rental housing will solve housing problems for about 2 million people.

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www.CqExpat.com
there is a forum, you can find lots of property agent spreading ads all around.
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Old March 13th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #1431
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I see SOM's old design for Transbay Tower (San Fransisco), a lovely design. Any idea if this is a masterplan of SOM?
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Old March 16th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #1432
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Chongqing leads the way in affordable housing
10 March 2011
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Much is said about China's rise and the implications it will have for all of us, but what has had a greater impact on me, as a resident of the Chinese capital, is "Beijing's rise". By that, I mean quite literally rising, with massive tower blocks sprouting up throughout the city where once sprawling villages with tiny, shoddy housing stood.

It is a phenomenon that has changed the lives of many residents. I live in a part of the city, which, 20 years ago, barely even figured on maps of Beijing, but is now an innovative, industrious and international community.

However, as the city grows outward and upward, so too does the cost of getting a home here.

According to Beijing statistics bureau, the per capita disposable income of urbanites in the municipality was 29,073 yuan ($4,431) in 2010.

The average property price in December in Beijing reached 26,599 yuan per square meter, according to figures released by the Beijing municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development.

The housing reform of the late 1990s, which transformed millions of people from occupants to homeowners, gave many people the chance to move up the property ladder, and kick-started the real estate sector.

But the marketization of housing has led to a situation where the construction of smaller, more affordable homes either for sale or rental is quite rare. After all, if there is no requirement on property developers to build these types of homes, why should they? They are in it for the money, so it stands to reason that they will position themselves toward the medium and high-end market.

That's why government should play a greater role in housing. Only through increased regulation of the sector and statutes mandating that developers build a certain proportion of affordable homes for sale or rent can the less well-off in our society be guaranteed a decent place to live.

In terms of efforts to give people a decent home, Chongqing, the giant municipality in Southwest China, is setting a fine example.

Over the next three years, about 40 million sq m of housing will be built, providing accommodation for 2 million people in the city who either currently do not have a home of their own, or live in substandard housing.

Thanks to the program, the first such large public housing scheme in a major Chinese city, one-third of Chongqing's urban population will have public-rented homes, paying rent 40 percent less than the commercial rate for similar properties.

In addition, a major development took place in January, when the central government signed agreements with provincial-level governments to guarantee that they will meet the target of building 10 million government-subsidized homes this year, an increase of 72.4 percent on the figure in 2010.

These projects, which include the construction of 420,900 government-subsidized apartments in Henan province, 400,000 in Yunnan and 158,700 in Gansu, are slated to begin before the end of October.

If the local leaders fail to do this, they face punishments that include demotion and even dismissal.

It is also encouraging to hear from the central government that another 10 million government-subsidized homes will be built next year and a further 16 million from 2013 to the end of 2015.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 05:18 AM   #1433
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A more generic article on second-tier cities .. won't post this in every relevant city thread though :

Credit Suisse warns of 'value trap' for developers in second-tier cities
10 March 2011
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The conventional wisdom that developers are smart to build in second-tier mainland cities is wrong because many of these areas suffer from oversupply and low development margins, according to Credit Suisse.

Last year, land with a potential gross floor area of 410 million square metres was purchased on the mainland for building private housing, up 28 per cent from 2009.

Of the 30 first- and second-tier cities it monitored, Credit Suisse identified Hefei, Chongqing and Changsha as the top-three cities with the lowest property development margins. Wuhan, Taiyuan, Tianjin and Dalian will face severe oversupply that will take more than seven years to absorb.

"Most developers tend to buy in second- and third-tier cities with the rationale that land is generally cheaper in such cities compared with first-tier cities and the potential for growth in tier-two cities is huge," said Du Jinsong, an analyst at Credit Suisse.

As a result of growing developer interest in second-tier cities, land prices in key areas increased by an average of 23 per cent last year, compared with a drop of 2 per cent in first-tier cities, he said. In fact, the pace of growth in land prices there was much faster than residential prices last year, he said.

Land prices in Haikou, Hainan, rose 93 per cent last year compared with a 45 per cent increase in residential prices. Wuhan land prices grew 28 per cent compared with a meagre 7 per cent gain in residential prices.

In terms of profitability, Chongqing is ranked as the second-worst performer with an estimated gross margin of 6 per cent. This was based on the city's average selling price of 5,151 yuan per square metre against a total development cost of 4,842 yuan per square metre.

Second-tier cities previously had a key advantage. Beijing's policies to cool property markets generally did not apply to them. But that will disappear this year.

The State Council in January ordered 36 cities to implement home-purchase limits, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Dalian, Qingdao, Ningbo, Xiamen, Shenzhen and 27 provincial capital cities. Local residents are barred from buying if they own more than two houses.

In light of these new restrictions on home purchases, Du also ranked each city on the severity of potential oversupply. The top-10 cities to avoid: Wuhan, Shenyang, Jinan, Changchun, Taiyuan, Hefei, Changsha, Haikou, Chongqing and Tianjin.

He listed CC Land, Guangzhou R&F, China Overseas Land and Investment, Longfor Properties and Shui On Land as having the most significant exposure to what he called these "value traps". More than 40 per cent of their land banks were located in such cities.

Xu Tonghui, manager of Chongqing-based developer Longfor Group's customer and corporate branding department admitted that Chongqing's profit margin was relatively low compared with other secondary cities.

"But the city's housing demand is growing much faster than others and will be a stable source of revenue," he said. "It will continue be an important part of the group's investment."

Forty-five per cent of Longfor's land bank is located in what Credit Suisse is calling these "value-trap" cities with 8.24 million square metres in Chongqing or 33 per cent of its total land reserve.

"Prices in second-tier cities will likely come under pressure as demand is constrained by the home-purchase limits," Du said.
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 04:01 AM   #1434
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Chongqing to start building high-speed railway to Changsha
21 April 2011
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The construction of the Chongqing-Changsha special passenger line, with a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour, is expected to begin in 2011. This is the second special passenger line under construction in Chongqing.

According to the Chongqing Development and Reform Commission, as the passenger and freight transport of the currently-running Chongqing-Huaihua railway is extremely saturated, the construction of the Chongqing-Changsha special passenger line has now become even more urgent.

The Chongqing-Changsha railway is divided into three sections, namely the Chongqing-Qianjiang section, the Qianjiang-Zhangjiajie-Changde section and the Changde-Changsha section, which will be constructed in different stages.

Currently, the Ministry of Railways has launched preliminary work for the Qianjiang-Zhangjiajie-Changde section and the Changde-Changsha section, and construction is expected to start in 2011.

The Chongqing-Qianjiang section has currently been included in the Chengdu-Chongqing urban agglomeration inter-city railway network plan as a near-term project. The completion time of the Chongqing-Qianjiang section may be slightly behind the other two sections.

However, passengers from Chongqing to Changsha can still first take the Chongqing-Qianjiang section of the Chongqing-Huaihua railway and then take the Qianjiang-Zhangjiajie-Changde section and the Changde-Changsha section.

According to sources, the Chongqing-Changsha special passenger line will be completed and put into operation by 2015. It will take only three hours from Chongqing to Changsha if the train runs at its designed speed of 200 to 250 kilometers per hour.
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China Official: Luxury Home Sales In Chongqing Fall Due To Real-Estate Tax - Report
26 May 2011

SHANGHAI (Dow Jones)--The launch of the real-estate tax trial in Chongqing in late January has reduced sales of high-end homes in the southwestern Chinese city and led to more reasonable housing consumption patterns, Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday, citing Zhang Dingyu, director of Chongqing's land resources and housing administration.

From Jan. 28-Apr. 30, the average price of taxable housing in the city was CNY13,140 per square meter, 10.5% lower than the average price of CNY14,678 per square meter recorded from Jan. 1-27, Xinhua said, without providing data for individual months.

Sales of luxury homes accounted for 7.8% of all private housing sales during the Jan. 28-Apr. 30 period, down 3.1 percentage points from 2010, Xinhua said.

Zhang didn't say whether the city's home purchase limits had also affected sales of luxury homes.

In a separate report Monday, Xinhua cited Qin Hong, vice director of the policy research center of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, as saying real-estate tax trials in Shanghai and Chongqing, along with restrictions on home purchases, had contributed to a drop in home sales in the first quarter compared with a year earlier.

China has been working to keep property price rises check amid widespread grumbling that the cost of owning a home is out of reach for too many consumers. But most local governments are heavily dependent on land sales and property sales taxes to fund their budgets, and the close ties between major developers and local governments have meant that policies haven't placed overly heavy burdens on the industry.

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Chongqing halts red theme park construction plan
2011-July-11 08:53
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CHONGQING Municipality has halted a plan to build a Red Classic Theme Park that has sparked heated debate.

The park, which was planned to occupy more than 128 hectares in Nanchuan District, would take the shape of China and display sculptures of late Communist Party of China (CPC) leaders, imitations of former leaders’ homes and landmarks in China’s red culture and revolutionary history, according to Chongqing Red Classic Investment Co. Ltd., the main investor.

According to an initial plan, the park would cost 2.5 billion yuan (US$386.5 million) over the next four years. The investment would come from a private enterprise, Chongqing Evening News reported.

“The project was stopped by the municipal government because the authorities thought it was not feasible,” Li Jing, deputy director of the publicity department of Nanchuan District, said Friday.

Li declined to give more details.

The project, which was announced right after the 90th anniversary of the founding of the CPC early this month, had stirred controversy because of its extravagance.

On the Nanchuan district government’s Web site, a resident surnamed Liao said the money should be spent on more urgent needs, such as providing financial support for migrant workers or building more affordable houses.

“The city government should carefully conduct a feasibility study and solicit public opinion before making a decision,” Liao wrote.

Ren Chengmin, 48, said the park was unnecessary because there were already many red tourist sites, memorial squares and monuments in the city.

Experts have also questioned the social and economic benefits of the project.

Wang Guohua, a tourism expert at Beijing University of Technology, said he believed the park would not attract enough visitors to cover expenses.

“Parks are for entertainment and should create a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere for people instead of putting such emphasis on a history of wars and chaos,” Wang said Friday.

He said such a large-scale park would be a waste of land and money, and would also have maintenance difficulties.
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Plan for eyes on the streets arouses debate
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BEIJING, Aug. 11 - Chongqing, China's largest municipality by population, will create a network of surveillance cameras across the city, a municipal official said.

The 500,000 cameras that will make up the network are due to be in place by the end of 2012 at a cost of 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion), Liu Guanglei, secretary of the city's politics and law committee, said at a news conference in Chongqing on Monday.

Liu also announced that Chongqing was crowned the "safest city" in China in 2010.

In a national appraisal conducted by China's Central Committee for Comprehensive Management of Public Security, the city's public security and social stability outperformed any other city in China last year.

The city is well known for its massive crackdown on crime syndicates in 2009. Carried out under the auspices of municipal Party Chief Bo Xilai, which resulted in a series of high-profile trials of the local "dark and evil forces".

Liu said by the end of June, the city had busted 405 gangs and arrested 4,425 suspects.

A number of allegedly corrupt police, government and Party officials, including the former head of the municipal bureau of justice, Wen Qiang, have also been detained and prosecuted.

It was the first time Chongqing had won the title. It was ranked 19th in 2008 and 13th in 2009.

According to Liu, more than half of the municipal government's fiscal expenditures were used to improve people's livelihoods in the past three years, which has helped to make the city more harmonious.

"I have no problem going to shopping centers or residential areas at night, as there are always police patrolling the area around the clock," said Feng Fan, a 27-year-old Chongqing resident.

However, there have been some concerns about the cameras causing invasions of privacy and the cost of implementing them.

"The cameras and police patrols are strong deterrents," said a woman surnamed Hu. "But it will be expensive to install and maintain so many cameras."

The average price of each camera will be about 40,000 yuan, while the per capita net income of urban residents in Chongqing is less than 20,000 yuan a year in 2010.

According to the Chongqing Social Facts & Public Opinion Survey Center, the city's sense of public security index reached a historical high of 95.89 percent in 2010.

"The index has increased steadily in recent years, which reflects the fact that local residents feel safer living in the city," Wang Jun, director of the center, told China Daily.

Wang said the survey was based on a random sampling of 30,000 residents who have lived in the city for more than a year.

Chongqing launched a campaign to improve residents' quality of life in 2008. The five goals of the campaign were to make the city more suitable for living, to build an efficient transportation system, to expand the size of the forest, to lower the crime rate, to improve work safety standards and to create a healthy living environment.
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China's latest municipality provides a hub that serves western regions
Updated: 2011-08-18 08:17

An economic development zone in the mega-city of Chongqing is attracting greater attention from investors in China and abroad because of its position as an economic hub for the western parts of China and competitiveness in many sectors.

The Chongqing Economic and Technological Development Zone opened in 1993 as a State-level development zone, just four years before Chongqing became the latest of China's four municipalities.

The zone is becoming an important area for manufacturing, trade, services, transportation, and logistics, and has a pivotal role in promoting urban growth by providing a base for overseas and domestic investment.

One reason for the zone's success, in getting more investment, is surely the five-day promotion event it sponsored this past February in Hong Kong.

That lead to talks with more than a hundred business leaders there, accompanied by an exhibition to introduce investment projects and the Chongqing business environment.

It also leads to about 15 billion yuan worth of cooperative agreements on 15 large projects in the automobile, warehousing, logistics, information technology, finance, and infrastructure sectors.

According to the zone's administrative committee, more than 40 Fortune 500 companies - including Hutchinson Whampoa, Honda, Suzuki, Ford, Ericsson and Coca Cola - have plants or offices there, along with a large number of other multinationals and Chinese businesses.

Why Chongqing zone?

Well, for one thing, there is its advantageous location and convenient transport. Then there is the infrastructure and industrial base, all of which help. And Chongqing is a hub with connections to China's western and central parts.

The zone's products can easily be moved down the Yangtze River to cities like Yichang, Wuhan and Shanghai and on to other parts of the country or the world.

It also has a number of highways, expressways and railways, as well as Jiangbei Airport, only 15 minutes away.

Inside the city, the zone is accessible through a number of roads and two subway lines. There are also bridges across the Yangtze to other parts of Chongqing, and a new one in the works.

It also has adequate water, power, gas, telecommunications, and sewage treatment facilities.

In two decades, the zone has developed an industrial system covering automobiles, motorcycles, electronic information, biomedicines, fine chemicals, new materials, food processing, and garments.

Its emerging industries in recent years include shipbuilding, numerically controlled machine tools, the Internet-of-things, logistics, and new energy.

Other attractions are the zone's amenities for living and services such as education, from kindergarten to university; health care, from community to top-level hospitals; shopping, entertainment, recreation, and sports.

Expansion plans

Expansion plan in recent years involve greater opportunities to investors, such as a new area in Chayuan, to the south of the Yangtze River. This 59-square-kilometer area is an example of the need for investment in both infrastructure and industrial development.

Local authorities expect the economic and technological development zone to be an important force in the municipality's growth.

The administrative committee has predicted that projects over the next four years will need 200 billion yuan in backing and will have an output worth 100 billion yuan by 2015.

The goal is to turn the zone into a high-level industrial base for advanced manufacturing, modern services, logistics, and high-tech R&D.

The committee has said they expect the zone to have more than 80 high-tech R&D companies by 2015, with annual revenues above 20 billion yuan.

They have also estimated that they will have around 50 multinationals, including 20 Fortune 500 companies, by the same year.

And protecting the environment and improving the standard of living are major concerns. Their plan calls for 60 percent of the zone to be covered by trees and grass, and a per capita green space of 22 square meters, by 2015.

The local government is getting involved by trying to improve air quality in the hope that they can have more than 320 days a year meeting national healthy-level standards.

In addition, it plans to improve public security, social welfare, and health care to make certain that its people live better, happier lives.

The Chongqing Economic and Technological Development Zone now covers a 90-sq-km area. In 2010, it reported total revenues of 96 billion yuan, an increase of 23 percent over 2009.

Its foreign trade volume was worth $2 billion the same year, a growth of 31 percent from the previous year.
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