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Old July 13th, 2010, 12:33 PM   #321
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Reclamation threatens last of Shenzhen's coastline
13 July 2010
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Shenzhen's city government has reclaimed 60 square kilometres of land from the sea since the 1990s, with little public consultation. It plans to reclaim another 50 square kilometres in the next 10 years.

Wang Yongjun , former head of the city's Futian Mangrove and Birds Nature Reserve, says 80 per cent of Shenzhen's 270 kilometres of natural coastline has disappeared in the past 30 years. A reclamation project in the east is now destroying 24 of the remaining 54 kilometres.

At least 16 reclamation projects are under way along Shenzhen's coast, spread over the Baoan, Nanshan and Yantian districts. They include plans for expressways, airport extensions, new container terminals, a power plant, logistics park, business districts and luxury properties. Mountains near the coast have been razed to fill the sea.

The rush to reclaim has environmental and economic consequences, putting further pressure on the city's remaining mangrove habitat, adding to concerns about marine pollution and lowering the value of properties thrown up too rapidly and now subsiding.

Last month, thousands of owners of flats in a glitzy west Shenzhen neighbourhood found their luxury homes were sinking again, just a few weeks after the authorities filled cracks in foundations with concrete.

Householders in the leaning towers of Baoan, otherwise known as Shum Yip New Shoreline, said they were worried about potential safety risks and the sinking value of their properties, down 10 per cent to 18,000 yuan (HK$20,600) per square metre since cracks began opening up all over buildings and pavements.

"The cracks are huge and people can put their fists inside," one owner said. "We don't know what to do and feel the authorities have tried to cover up the scandal without thinking about our safety."

Structural engineers blame the government for cutting corners on reclamation and selling the newly formed land to developers before the ground had settled properly in its rush to recoup its investment.

State media say one mu (666 square metres) of land costs 200,000 to 300,000 yuan to reclaim from the sea but the government can sell it for more than 1 million yuan. That's a tempting scenario for governments worn down by compensation negotiations with owners of small properties in central neighbourhoods.

It's not just the rich who are suffering from the Shenzhen government's reclamation projects. In the eastern Yantian district, more than 4,000 villagers from 18 small villages in Baguang have been expelled from their homes recently to make way for a seven square kilometre reclamation project that will turn their beautiful bay into an ocean of chemical plants.

Villager Wu Shaojian , who runs a seafood restaurant, is refusing to move. He says the reclamation project will destroy the city's last clean coastal waters and cost local fishermen their livelihood.

"Seafood caught in the city's east used to be of premium quality ... but the area has been heavily polluted and it's now not suitable for eating because of the government's shortsighted reclamation and industrial development projects," he said.

"Baguang is now one of only two places in Shenzhen where fishermen can catch unpolluted seafood, but Shenzhen announced a plan to reclaim land here even before higher authorities approved the prerequisite environmental impact assessment."

Zhou Wei , founder of Shenzhen's Blue Ocean Preserver Association, a local non-governmental organisation, said the reclamation in Baguang would destroy a natural habitat with 20 hectares of rare looking-glass mangrove trees that could date back 500 years, making them the oldest of their kind on the mainland.

"The Shenzhen government is so eager for quick success and instant benefit that they destroyed the city's spectacular coastlines and mangrove forests within three decades for dozens of reclamation and industrial projects," he said. "Land reclamation is irreversible. We shouldn't deprive the next generations of those spectacular natural gifts just because the government wanted chemical plants to drive up short-term GDP."

The State Oceanic Administration has long rated Shenzhen's seawater among the nation's most polluted, partly because of reclamation. And Wang said Shenzhen Bay reclamation could pollute Hong Kong waters, with sediment in the area rising more than 30 centimetres in 10 years.

"Sediment could destroy the remaining 300 hectares of mangrove forest in Shenzhen within 60 years if it continues to rise at that speed," he said. "Of course sediment will also affect Hong Kong waters. The sea and its ecological system are an entirety, without boundaries."

However, Hong Kong's Environmental Protection Department said its monitoring had found no evidence that reclamation in Shenzhen had polluted Hong Kong waters.

Very few of Shenzhen's land reclamation projects have been preceded by public consultation and some have even gone ahead without the necessary approval from provincial and national watchdogs. And Shenzhen is just part of a reclamation boom on the mainland. Five years ago, Guangdong set itself a target of reclaiming 146 square kilometres of land - more than five times the area of Macau - by the end of this year.

To put that in perspective, construction of Chek Lap Kok Airport in the 1990s involved just over nine square kilometres of reclamation in three and a half years. From the 1850s to 1996, Hong Kong reclaimed 60 square kilometres of land.

Besides Guangdong, dozens of municipalities and provinces, including Tianjin , Guangxi , Hainan , Fujian , Jiangsu , Hebei and Shandong , plan to acquire more land through reclamation. Hainan's capital, Haikou , plans to invest 2.8 billion yuan to build a 108-storey luxury hotel on an artificial island. The Shandong city of Yantai plans to spend 10 billion yuan to build 40 square kilometres of artificial islands.
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Old July 13th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #322
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Old July 15th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #323
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Is there anyone know where to find two shenzhen's shopping mall,Central walk and Kingglory Plaza?is the mall connected to subway? and which station?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 05:03 PM   #324
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Is there anyone know where to find two shenzhen's shopping mall,Central walk and Kingglory Plaza?is the mall connected to subway? and which station?
Central Walk is attached to Convention Ctr station.

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Aside from the expansion of Shenzhen Airport, how many land reclaimation projects has Shenzhen executed?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #326
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Old July 16th, 2010, 07:58 AM   #327
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Central Walk is attached to Convention Ctr station.

thank"s for the info, what about Kingglory plaza?
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Old July 25th, 2010, 05:10 PM   #328
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Aside from the expansion of Shenzhen Airport, how many land reclaimation projects has Shenzhen executed?
Quite a lot on both coasts - along the Pearl River on the west, Shenzhen River on the southern border with Hong Kong, and Yantian port area on the east.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 05:39 AM   #329
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Shenzhen's economic zone will be preserved, Wen says
22 August 2010
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Premier Wen Jiabao has assured Shenzhen that its unique status as a special economic zone will be preserved.

He made the remark during a high-profile visit to Shenzhen from Friday to yesterday in the run-up to the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the special economic zone on Thursday.

"Not only will the Shenzhen special economic zone continue, we should make it even better," Wen said.

His remarks came amid analysts' views that Shenzhen has lost its edge and uniqueness as a special economic zone because other parts of the mainland have also opened up to the world.

Shenzhen was picked by paramount leader Deng Xiaoping as one of the first cities to be opened to the world 30 years ago. As a special economic zone, it was given preferential policies such as tax breaks to attract foreign investors.

Wen, accompanied by Guangdong party secretary Wang Yang , visited enterprises, research institutes and the border checkpoints of Huanggang and Shenzhen Bay. He also inspected a Shenzhen-Hong Kong joint development project in Qianhai .

The premier reiterated that China's future lies in its open door policy and the country should promote "political reform", without which the fruits of economic reform would be lost. He made similar remarks at the National People's Congress in March. Political reform, in Beijing's terminology, usually refers to administrative reform or democracy within the party.

Wen also said that there should be a favourable environment for the public to monitor and criticise the government and help solve the problem of a high concentration of power without restrictions.

Wen also visited an exhibition on Deng's contribution to economic reform and laid flowers at the paramount leader's statue in the exhibition hall. Shenzhen will hold massive celebrations this week.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 09:20 PM   #330
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thank"s for the info, what about Kingglory plaza?
Took a while to find but it's next to Guomao station - 1 stop from the Lowu border checkpoint terminus station.
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Go on, SEZ
24 August 2010
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Many things have been planned to mark the 30th anniversary of China's first four "special economic zones" (SEZs), cities designated to open up to global investment and business partnerships. But Premier Wen Jiabao's weekend visit to Shenzhen, the largest SEZ and now a flourishing business city in South China, was of extraordinary importance.

For the Chinese nation to achieve its future goal and to regain its past glory it will have no choice but to continue its reform and opening to the world.

"Grinding to a halt or backtracking would only prove suicidal in the end," the Premier said.

Guangdong is the province where three of the four initial SEZs were located and they became the driver for the province to provide one quarter of the nation's exports.

Soon enough, that model of change was followed by other cities with similar geographic convenience, allowing foreign investment and export business to spread to virtually the entire China coast.

But the transformation has not been without controversy, with some arguing that the coastal cities' development model, led by export-oriented manufacturing, cannot be applied to all cities and is perhaps no longer as beneficial as before, especially considering environmental constraints.

In the meantime, the SEZs have also been conscious of where their shortcomings are in non-business areas. They are busy matching their economic progress with social services and political initiatives.

It was encouraging to hear Premier Wen promise his support to Shenzhen's efforts to boost residents' confidence and sense of security and take care of the low-income and other disadvantaged groups.

All these will be done, as Wen rightly put it, through continuing the reform process that China embarked upon 30 years ago, under the guidance of Deng Xiaoping and his comrades. And he has full reason to expect the SEZs, which used to show the way forward for the rest of China, to go on and yield fresh, eye-opening experiences.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #332
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Twin Towers for Hong Kong and Shenzhen
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Even though China regained control of Hong Kong a decade ago, the political, social, and economic conditions between the two continue to be very different. There has been an increasing interaction between Hong Kong and the mainland’s nearest city, Shenzhen, which has prompted the construction of numerous checkpoints, factories, and the relocation of entire communities.

This project designed by architect Koren Sin proposes a single community for the two regions -a set of residential towers, one located in each city and linked by a habitable bridge. The Hong Kong tower is designed according to the residential needs of the island while the program for Shenzhen’s development is based on traditional Chinese housing. The residential portion located on the bridge is a fusion of both lifestyles – an experiment on the possibilities of a twin-city that could accommodate both political and economic systems.



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Oh wow .. never heard of that plan from the HK side!
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Oh gosh! someone forgot that this project is in a river? This proposal will never be approved. Unless if they raise the base level.
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Shenzhen to Invest 40 Billion Yuan in Qianhai, Securities Says
The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to invest 40 billion yuan ($5.88 billion) in its Qianhai area to make it the “Manhattan” of the Pearl River Delta, the Securities Times reported today, citing the local government.

The investment in the 15 square kilometer area of the city will be made over the next three years, the Shenzhen-based newspaper reported. The government is looking at the possiblity of offerring a low tax regime similar to Hong Kong’s and of allowing free convertibility of the yuan in the area, according to the report.
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Under the plan, Shenzhen will build a 15-square-km service industrial zone in Qianhai in Nanshan district, said Xu Chongguang, deputy director of the Shenzhen municipal committee of planning, land and resources.

Xu said Shenzhen would invest 40 billion yuan ($5.9 billion) to build the zone that will house financial institutions and logistics, technology, telecommunications, media and commercial companies.

It is estimated that the zone's gross domestic product will grow to 150 billion yuan by 2020.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_11217459.htm
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Shenzhen Futian Stadium pictures taken on sunday 12th:

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China Merchants Securities Headquarters

150m

Located at corner of Fuhua Yilu and Mintian Lu







ARCADIS is consulting this project. They have some information and renderings.

China Merchant Securities Building
When China Merchant Securities first approached RTKL, the securities company communicated two important objectives. First, it needed a headquarters building that would accommodate a challenging urban site in downtown Shenzhen. Second, it needed a space that would embody and project the mission of the organization. RTKL responded with a design that represents the very essence of China Merchant Securities. Using innovative technologies and sustainable design elements, RTKL has crafted a world-class 60,000-SM office building that embodies the best of traditional Chinese design principles, cutting-edge architecture and the client’s corporate identity.

The Class-A office building stands 33 stories, or 150 meters, tall. The building’s sculptural exterior projects an image of stability and security while its monumental internal spaces reflect the dynamic nature of the client’s core business—the fluid flow of the capital. A stunning space altogether, the China Merchant Securities office building will reinforce the client’s strategic objectives and bring a new sense of energy to downtown Shenzhen.

[IMG]http://i52.************/25tbuxu.jpg[/IMG]

So is this a new design, or the previous design?
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Not sure, they are probably still revising the design down to the last minute. Both looks good!
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