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Old August 22nd, 2010, 06:27 PM   #81
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CADREG's proposal for Qingdao Ocean Center (seven star hotel). The project was added to the website in July 2009. 298m, 78 floors. This project has been on the boards for many years, but it used to be just a 215m proposal.
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Wow ... did they get the inspiration from Dubai?
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CALM WATERS AHEAD FOR QINGDAO PORT EXPANSION
11 November 2010
China Daily

GUANGZHOU - The Port of Qingdao, the world's ninth-largest, will triple its annual investment from more than 3 billion yuan ($452.17 million) to 10 billion yuan in 2011, said Chang Dechuan, president of Qingdao Port (Group) Co Ltd, on Tuesday.

He added that Qingdao will also construct a 300,000 ton oil dock and a 250,000 ton coal dock.

"Next year will be crucial for the port's extension," he told reporters during the World Shipping (China) Summit.

The port will realize a container throughput of more than 12 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and total throughput of more than 350 million tons in 2010, Chang said.

He expected a year-on-year increase of 8 percent for total throughput and 10 percent for container throughput in 2011.

"The port capacity is less than the actual throughput, that's why we are accelerating investment to expand the docks to accommodate larger ships," he said.

It is also considering preparing further dock construction for Chinamax, a domestically manufactured ship of 400,000 tons, which will be delivered in the first quarter of next year.

In 2010, the port invested more than 3 billion yuan to construct an iron ore dock of 300,000 tons.

Chang said the increased investment will be raised by the port itself. Apart from dock construction, the money will also be used to introduce new technologies and restructure work processes.

Annually, Qingdao Port will spend about 30 million yuan on clean and green operations to reduce energy consumption and environmental pollution.

Since 2009, the port has been tweaking its business strategy to focus more on the import side by reducing the momentum on its more export-oriented container business and focusing on more profitable iron ore and oil imports.

As the nation's largest iron ore and crude oil port, it has focused on the container sector in recent years, and is expected to surpass South Korea's Busan Port to become Northeast Asia's market leader in one or two years.

In 2009, the port finalized a total throughput of 315 million tons. The revenue was more than 12 billion yuan, and profit rose 6 percent year-on-year to 2.8 billion yuan.

Chang said revenue will further increase this year, and profits will rise by more than 10 percent year-on-year to more than 3 billion yuan.

He added that he is confident that profit growth for 2011 will maintain a strong momentum by exceeding 10 percent.

The port now has gross capital of more than 37 billion yuan, and has already cleared all debts this year.

It is gearing up to become the international freight center of Northeast Asia, constructing a series of new docks and developing a newly approved bonded area.

"Actually, we are building another Qingdao Port," said Tian Guangwen, vice-president of the group, in an earlier interview, referring to the new construction project in Dongjiakou, south of the port's 117-year-old base in Jiaozhou Bay.

"How huge a ship can be depends on how huge a dock we have," said Wang Baosheng, vice-chairman of the group's business department.

Wang said the new dock at Dongjiakou will be the first in China to accommodate ships big enough to carry 400,000 tons.

The port will build four docks for ships with a 400,000 ton capacity, two for ships with a 200,000 ton capacity and five docks for ships with a 100,000 ton capacity.

According to the construction plan, 112 berths will be constructed at Dongjiakou, 21 more than at the existing port.

Tian said the capacity of the new docks will be about 40 million tons in three to five years, exceeding the traffic of the existing Qingdao Port.

As part of its expansion project, Qingdao is also developing a bonded port area to attract more domestic and international resources.

Approved on Sept 1, 2009, the first phase of a 9.7-square-kilometer bonded area in Qianwan consists of eight container berths, two multifunctional berths, and dock operations for comprehensive logistics, international logistics and export machinery.

The port expects to take advantage of the convenient customs procedures and favorable tax policies within the area, and to increase container quantity first, then attract cargo from Busan Port with better service.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:30 AM   #84
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Qingdao: One of China's top 10 most competitive cities
08:18, November 29, 2010

The East coast city of Qingdao, in Shandong province, has seen a period of "extraordinary growth" and "unprecedented challenges and opportunities" over the past five years, according to its mayor.

The city's GDP was more than 398.19 billion yuan in the first three quarters of this year, Mayor Xia Geng told China Daily. Per capita GDP is close to $ 10,000.

That was an increase of 13.3 percent over the same period of last year. And it is expected to exceed 500 billion yuan by year's end, or double the 2005 figure.

Revenues are expected to rise by an average annual growth of 20 percent, to 450 billion yuan, by the end of this year.

The city has ranked among China's top 10 most competitive, for the past two years, according to a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences report.

Great changes have taken place in the past five years in the urban profile, with more than 1 trillion yuan spent on fixed assets.

There are a number of far-reaching construction projects, such as the tunnel across Kiaochow Bay. And the high-tech industrial zone and near port areas have seen robust development.

"The local authorities are people-oriented and try solving problems that both the urbanites and rural people care most about. There are employment, social security, medical, education, and housing systems," Xia said.

In the past five years, the city has spent 37 billion yuan on welfare, he explained. That accounted for 60 percent of the local government budget. In 2010, it is expected to exceed 11 billion yuan, or 3.7 times the 2005 amount.

The "Civilized Qingdao" project has added some new landmarks, with the Qingdao Grand Theater, Qingdao Sports Center, and Olympic Sailing Museum.

The Beijing Olympics of 2008 held the sailing competition in Qingdao, and the city is now a stopover on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and Volvo Ocean Race, making it the sailing capital in China.

Source : China Daily
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Old March 25th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #85
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Qingdao ambitious to be exemplary city
14 March 2011
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

BEIJING - Shandong province plans to invest 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) in Qingdao Port to double its throughput capacity to 600 million tons by 2015, according to Chang Dechuan, president of Qingdao Port (Group) Co Ltd.

The port, currently the world's seventh largest, will play a leading role in the development of the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone, one of three regional ocean economic zones approved by the central government in January as pilot zones for the development of the country's marine economy, Chang, an NPC deputy, said during the two sessions.

"Qingdao Port is currently not big enough to support regional economic development, the transport capacities for mineral, coal and oil especially are not strong," he said.

As the nation's largest iron ore and crude oil port, Qingdao Port has focused on the container sector in recent years, and it is expected to surpass South Korea's Busan Port to become the leading container port in Northeast Asia in one or two years.

Exports from the marine economic zone contributed 78 percent of the total volume of exports in Shandong last year, and attracted 63.5 percent of foreign direct investment in the area.

By constructing a series of new docks and developing a newly approved bonded area, the port is expected to play a more important role in boosting the marine economy in the region.

"Our national economic plan used to focus on the development of land resources," said Fei Yunliang, head of the construction office for the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone.

"We are the first national marine strategy, which shows the new trend for China's economic development."

According to Fei, Shandong is aiming to build up its primary marine industries such as ocean farming, secondary industries such as marine equipment manufacturing and new energy, and tertiary industries such as tourism.

A package of deals valued at 255 billion yuan, including new energy, international logistics, tourism and culture, was signed as part of the new marine economic development strategy in the coastal province last month.

"All development programs are set out according to their local situation and handling capacity," Fei said.

"We will never sacrifice nature for temporary development," he added.

More than half of the national oceanic scientific research programs and many ocean research institutions are located in Qingdao.

"We will bring our scientific research advantages into full play," said Xia Geng, mayor of Qingdao.

In 2011, a national program for studying deep-sea science will be set up in Qingdao, which aims to enhance research capability in developing ocean resources and protecting marine environments.

National marine conservation areas, wetland nature reserves and protected islands will be marked out. Qingdao will also hold the Blue Economic International Forum this year.

"Qingdao will be the model city for a harmonious society between people and the ocean," said Xia.
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Plan to boost city's vitality
5 April 2011
Shanghai Daily

PROPOSALS made in the 12th Five-Year Plan look set to transform Qingdao into a thriving business and tourist destination, while taking measures to protect the environment. Fei Lai looks at the scheme.

In the next five years, Qingdao will shift its orientation from manufacturing to the service industry. By 2015, more than 70 percent of the city's new jobs will be created within the service industry, whose added value will account for 57 percent of the city's total output value.

The 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) of Qingdao will bring the city new vitality both to business and to city life.

Wang Haodong, chief of the development and planning department of Qingdao Development and Reform Commission, interpreted the plan to Shanghai Daily by first showcasing the key characteristics.

The plan puts an emphasis on livelihood issues. More goals and measures concern employment, income, housing, education, medical services and social security.

"With less pursuit of GDP goals, the city government is now focusing more on economic growth and puts public welfare at a new height," Wang said.

"Qingdao people will share the fruit of development. The government will raise the income of farmers and reform the huji (residence permit system) policy to encourage the farmers to move to the city."

The plan puts an emphasis on industries which can boost the market. Taking opportunity of the national strategy, the Shandong Peninsula Blue Economic Zone in Qingdao will accelerate the development of its ocean industry and service industry.

The proposal attaches similar importance to ecology and environmental protection. It will build Qingdao as an inhabitable city with a harmonious relationship between humans and nature, with measures on protecting the ocean and ecology.

To ensure the formation of a culture-oriented Qingdao, efforts will be made to raise the city people's living quality.

To ensure rural and urban residents live a better life, with dignity and happiness, an effective mechanism will be developed to deal with disputes and protect people's rights.

Fourteen key construction projects concerning modern agriculture, service industry, strategic emerging industries and social security will be developed. Among them, the construction of a new airport is under consideration. The airport is planned to become a gateway to Qingdao and a regional transport hub. The site of the new airport is not decided yet.

"New airport planning is important to a coastal city like Qingdao. It's good for introducing enterprises and foreign trade to do business here," Wang said.

"Few investors would prefer a place without sound transport and logistic facilities."

Wang said Qingdao would become a hub well-connected to airports in Japan and South Korea. Meanwhile, "more international routes will be launched."

While the city government continues to keep an eye on developing Qingdao into an inhabitable city by environmental protection, major efforts will be made to develop industries including finance, logistics, science and technology, information and intermediary services.

It aims to improve the interaction between the service industry and the manufacturing industry.

To improve people's living quality and promote consumption, the city government will also spare no effort to develop tourism, trade, real estate and housekeeping services.

The same emphasis will be put on emerging services including the headquarters economy, outsourcing, the creative industry and the exhibition economy.

In the next five years, 500 city-level key projects within the service industry, which reaches a total investment of 600 billion yuan (US$91.63 billion), will be promoted by the local government. Great support will be given to leading enterprises within the service industry.

Adjustments on taxation and prices for land, water and natural gas will be made to create a better business environment for the industry.

Similar measures will be implemented to support small and medium-sized companies. It is a way to support urban and rural residents to start businesses, in order to expand the scale of private-owned economy.

Financial Industry

By the end of 2010, the city's total deposits in RMB and foreign currency reached 789.55 billion yuan (US$119.63 billion), and the loan balances reached 636.52 billion yuan. During the last five years, they achieved an average annual growth of 22.7 percent and 23.8 percent respectively.

Qingdao was home to 143 financial institutes by the end of last year, among which 44 are banks, 54 securities and futures institutions, and 45 insurances institutions.

The industry has created more than 60,000 jobs and made great contributions to the local taxation - reaching 4.22 billion yuan.

Tourism Industry

The number of foreign visitors to Qingdao hit 1.08 million last year. The number for domestic visitors reached 43.3 million. Both have increased by 61 percent and 77 percent respectively from the 2005 figures. The total tourism revenue last year reached 58 billion yuan, up 126 percent from 2005.

Tourism has become a major pillar industry for the city. It was listed as one of the World's Most Beautiful Bays by the World Tourism Organization. It has also won titles such as "the best recreational city in China" and "the most energetic tourism city." Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center has become the only demonstration national seaside scenic spot.

By the end of 2010, the city boasted 160 hotels, among which six are five-star and 30 four-star. It also features 344 travel agents and more than 10,000 guides. Scenic spots in Qingdao total 188.

People visiting Qingdao nowadays are doing so for a variety of experiences - holiday, sightseeing, meeting and sports. The time a visitor now spends in Qingdao for each visit has reached 3.6 days, 40 percent longer than a visit in 2005.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #87
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China's record-breaking Jiaozhou bridge 'is safe'
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The chief engineer of the world's longest sea-bridge, in China, has denied claims that its construction was rushed to allow it to open on schedule.

Shao Xinpeng told state media that the Jiaozhou bridge, opened last Thursday, was safe and ready for traffic.

Chinese media reported finding incomplete crash-barriers, missing lighting and loose nuts on guard-rails.

Reports blamed workers' haste to finish the bridge in time for the Communist Party's 90th anniversary.

In a report earlier this week, a journalist from the state-run CCTV news channel unscrewed pieces of the guard-rails and showed that the lighting system was not working properly.

Construction workers told CCTV that it would take two months before finishing all of the projects related to the bridge.

But Mr Shao said the problems highlighted in the reports were not major.

"The status of secondary features does not affect the main project or the opening of the bridge," he told the state-run Xinhua news agency.

He added that the lighting system was only aesthetic.

The structure spans 42.4km (26.3 miles), connecting the eastern coastal city of Qingdao to the suburb of Huangdao, in Jiaozhou Bay.

State media say the bridge passed construction tests last Monday and it opened to traffic on Thursday.

It is 4km longer than the previous world record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the US state of Louisiana.
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China sets up base to speed up study of deep-sea energy resources
Xinhua
2010-08-26 23:54:02

China will build a multi-million dollar research base on its east coast to accelerate the study and exploration of deep-sea energy resources, officials said Thursday.

The base covers 26 hectars of the ground and 62.72 hectares of the sea in the coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong Province, and will serve as a ground support station for China's manned submersible vehicle "Jiaolong".

Engineers have started to design the research base whose initial construction cost is estimated to reach 495 million yuan (around 72.8 million U.S. dollars), said officials from Ministry of Science and Technology and State Oceanic Administration.

Scientists believe sea beds at a depth of 4,000 to 6,000 meters hold abundant deposits of rare metals and methane hydrate, a solidified form of natural gas bound into ice that can serve as a new energy source.

The submersible, designed to dive to a depth of 7,000 meters, managed to reach 3,759 meters beneath the sea level at test runs conducted in this May and June. Its name "Jiaolong" is a mythical sea dragon in Chinese.

China is the fifth country in the world to have conducted a manned dive to more than 3,500 meters below the sea level, after the United States, France, Russia and Japan.

China's ambitious ocean exploration program began in 2002 and has involved more than 100 research institutes and companies, officials said.

The development of the submersible and its support vessel, as well as the selection and training of the crew took six years, oceanic administration officials previously said.

The submersible "Jiaolong" would be used for deep-sea natural resources inspections, as well as research and tests of equipment designed for deep-sea use.
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Zones to enhance oceanic economy
2011-09-02
China Daily

Ren Zhengang, director of the construction office at the Qingdao Blue Economic Zone, said a number of zones will be developed to expedite the city's marine economy.

Ren told China Daily the areas will focus on port logistics, modern fisheries, coastal industries, seashore tourism, marine biology and seawater utilization.

The zones are located at Dongjiakou Port, Jiaozhou Bay and Aoshan, Ren said.

"We will also focus on constructing four bases for emerging marine industries, modern fisheries, marine manufacturing and marine services," he said.

"We will mainly develop modern services including port logistics, coastal tourism, sports and cultural creativity," said Ren.

A world-class marine research and development center, a comprehensive equipment manufacturing base and national new material industry base are also expected to begin work, according to Ren.

The city will also speed up introduction and cultivation of high-end talent and improve the vocational education to establish a center of international marine science and technology education.

The city also plans to promote construction of parks and projects to improve the influence of blue economic zone. A regional pilot zone between China, Japan and South Korea is under discussion. A Qingdao Sino-German ecological park will also be developed.

"We will put more effort in marine environmental protection to further promote sustainable and healthy development of the economic zone," Ren said.

Local authorities plan to further enhance protection in Jiaozhou Bay, expand protected areas and integrate coastal regulations.

The government of Qingdao is also highlighting cooperation with neighboring coastal cities in industrial planning, introduction and arrangements for new projects, communication with institutes and marine environmental protection.
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Chinese city, German accent
2011-09-04
China Daily



There is more than just that famous malty brew in Qingdao, in fact the former German concession has a charm that is very much all its own, as Li Yao discovers.

A German friend once stepped into a university cafe in Shanghai and confidently ordered a beer. "Tsing-tau, please," he said. The waitress courteously took the order and brought back, well, something he least expected - a pair of scissors. (In Chinese, the words for scissors and Tsingtao sound similar, especially for foreigners who have difficulty articulating the tones.)

Seeing his baffled face, I laughed out loud while correcting his order, but told him I appreciated his polite interest in speaking Mandarin and in tasting a popular Chinese brand. Perhaps there is more than just that. Many German visitors have a soft spot and a remote connection to Qingdao, where the Tsingtao Brewery created by German expatriates in 1903 continues to produce the world-renowned beer.

There is certainly truth in saying that Qingdao is a Chinese city with a German accent. The port city in the eastern part of Shandong province owes much of its charm and quaintness to its German texture, cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, tree-lined avenues, and an out-of-place Bavarian appearance adorned by century-old European architecture.

From 1897 to 1914, Germany administered Qingdao as a concession and expanded its infrastructure and harbor. The occupiers built the railway station and a sewage system, piped in spring water from Laoshan Mountain and set up a brewery to quench the thirst of homesick German soldiers.

Much of the town's original planning has been kept intact, and the architectural heritage eventually evolved into the backbone of Qingdao's booming tourism, and a source of metropolitan pride.

Strolling at leisure is the best way to explore the town, watch the oceanfront sunrise, enjoy the languid beach promenades, and visit the old mansions in the German quarter.

Badaguan, meaning The Eight Great Passes, is the former German residential area. Now filled with cafs and boutiques, the spacious streets each lined with a particular type of tree, offer visitors a lush walk within sight of many European villas built during the German occupation.

Starting from the beautiful train station, people can visit many landmarks on foot, including a commanding catholic cathedral with twin spirals, St. Michael's Church. It remains an active place of worship and holds regular masses. The quiet and sunlit church is a popular site for people taking photographs for their wedding albums.

A few minutes southeast is the protestant church built in 1910 in German art-nouveau style. This elegant structure features a distinctive 39-meter clock tower, sandy yellow walls and red-tiled roof on the exterior.

To the east is Signal Hill, where flags were once raised to direct ships in the harbor. Climbers are rewarded with an idyllic view of the sparkling sea and the two churches nestled in the picturesque German quarter.

The most spectacular of German buildings is the former governor's residence, situated on the edge of the Signal Hill Park. The opulent mansion, built in 1903, uses colors, stones and bricks typical of an ancient Bavarian castle. It once housed the German commander, but is now the Qingdao Guest House.

No extravagance was spared in its majestic layout. It still houses a grand German piano made in 1876. The then German governor had felt he deserved the utmost in luxury, but when Kaiser Wilhelm II saw the excessive bill, the governor was immediately sacked. It is now a museum open to visitors.

The premier shopping street in the old town is Zhongshan Road with many time-honored shops. Since the 1990s, the area has been overshadowed by the emergence of other booming commercial districts, a fate shared by many liyuan, which feature square-shaped homes surrounding a courtyard.

In 2008, the local government re-opened Pichaiyuan, a li-yuan famous for its food and snacks, folk art and entertainment such as opera and cross-talk, as a tourist attraction.

Yet the jewel that crowns Qingdao's integration of Chinese wisdom and German influence is Tsingtao beer, China's proud export to more than 60 countries. With its magic ingredient of mineral water from Laoshan Mountain, it is famed for its delicate foam, crisp clarity and palatable flavor.

Following the tradition of Oktoberfest in Munich, a beer festival has been held in Qingdao every year in late August since 1991. Live performances, parades and seaside firework shows add to the excitement.

The locals seem to share their love for beer wherever they go. They have a famous habit of using plastic bags to take home their beer.

Maybe that is the beauty of this modern metropolis, a charming mix of East and West for those looking for relaxation, exotic diversions, atmospheric walks, sandy beaches, tasty seafood, binge drinking.
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China's largest deepwater harbor to build vessel traffic service

QINGDAO, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- China's largest deepwater harbor Dongjiakou Harbor, which is under construction in the east coastal city of Qingdao, will cooperate with Shandong Provincial Maritime Affairs Bureau to establish a vessel traffic service (VTS), local authorities said Wednesday.

VTS is a marine traffic monitoring system using advanced sensors such as radar, closed-circuit television, and radiotelephony to keep track of vessel movement in a limited geographical area to improve the safety and efficiency of navigation.

Despite three radar stations and a VTS center that have operated in Qingdao Port since 2006, the current service has failed to cover some water areas in and around Dongjiakou Harbor, according to the authorities.

Qingdao Port consists of four areas: Qingdao old port area, Huangdao oil port, Qianwan new port area and the Dongjiakou harbor area. Dongjiakou Harbor covers an area of about 70 square km and is designed for 112 berths with a frontage of 35.7 km.

The construction work of the Dongjiakou harbor area started in May 2009. The annual capacity of the harbor is expected to reach more than 310 million tonnes by 2020.
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Qingdao sees its future of "blue Silicon Valley"
2011-11-15
China Daily


Overall plan of the Qingdao "blue Silicon Valley", an engine behind the city's marine-related industrial development.


Artist's rendering of the National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technologies in Qingdao, which covers 20 hectares of land and is to be completed next month. This will be China's unique marine science and research laboratory and is expected to rank seventh among all the world's marine research institutes.


Qingdao has its sights on being China's "blue Silicon Valley" - an international center for marine science and technology, a national area for marine scientific and technological innovative development, and a power behind the growth of Shandong Peninsula's "Blue Economic Zone".

This is obviously an ambitious goal, so the city needs to be innovative in some key sectors, with greater creativity in marine science and technology, attracting talented people, and improving its industries and institutions.

It wants to make the blue Silicon Valley a cluster of research institutes, technological incubation centers, and offices that promote research findings.

The local government plans to speed up work on building a marine technological innovation area and is throwing its support behind national marine science and technology laboratory and national deep-sea base. It also wants a national biological research and industrial center and national new marine materials base.

It has made an effort to develop a strategic alliance in industrial innovations, with emphasis on marine breeding and instruments and equipment. It hopes to forge them into its national pilot program, so support will be given to technological research and development in emerging marine industries, to increase Qingdao's competitiveness.

It is also planning a service center for trade in marine technologies to help translate theoretical developments into economic profits. It will have favorable policies for risk investment and marketing, to ensure the transition from technological advances to industrial ones.

Building a new zone

The purpose of the New Economic Zone on West Jiaozhou Bay is to build an economic zone at the national level that is a door that opens to the upper reaches of the Yellow River, and is a national shipping and aviation hub, a cluster of international, marine-related industries, and a modern, international city.

It wants to be a new pole of the economy that extends to Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei to the north, the Yangtzi River delta to the south, and the Yellow River delta to the west. This will make Qingdao a capital of the ocean, and more open and livable. The new economic zone's GDP is expected to reach 500 billion yuan ($78.7 billion), by 2015, and more than 1 trillion yuan, by 2020.

There will also be plans to support the Jiaozhou Bay industrial equipment zone, Dongjiakou heavy industrial and chemical zone, the Qianwan seaside economic zone, and an ecologically smart city.

An additional effort will be made to develop marine engineering equipment, petrochemicals, marine biomedicine, and modern services. All the above efforts will help make the west coast of Jiaozhou Bay the most vibrant part of Qingdao and an international navigation hub and trade center for the Northeast.

This particular economic zone was first delineated in the Development Plan for the Blue Economic Zone of Shandong Peninsular, which was approved by the State Council in January 2011.

It has a planned area of 2,096 square kilometers.

The developers want to introduce newer global industries and technologies and upgrade the industrial chain. A key marine base will be built for biomedicine, marine energy, and deep-sea equipment.
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New meets old in vision for future campus


Perkins Eastman, in collaboration with Shandong Design Institute, has designed a constructible master plan for the new Qingdao branch of Shandong University (SDU). 1.2 million sq m of buildings will be constructed in a single phase on the 202-hectare campus, breaking ground in late 2011 with estimated completion in 2016.

Situated on the Yellow Sea overlooking Aoshan Bay near Qingdao, the campus will expand Shandong University's international presence by providing world-class teaching, living, and research and development facilities. Cultural facilities on the campus also will serve the local Qingdao community.

In tribute to the original master plan for Shandong University Medical School at Qilu, China, this master plan combines traditional and modern campus planning and architectural and landscape principles to create a campus environment that advances the university's international reputation.

Taking inspiration from Western models of planning for higher education campuses, the campus will foster non-traditional learning through the integration of student centres and dining facilities within the residential buildings. The campus is also defined by its pedestrian-friendly environment with a walkable scale.

The overall master plan is informed by a comprehensive sustainability plan that heralds SDU's status as a distinguished institution for higher learning, most notably including the use of ground source heat pumps; supplementary tidal energy generation; grey water treatment for site irrigation and toilet flushing; and a green roof covering below-grade parking for 1,500 vehicles.







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Foundation stone ceremony held for Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao


An ecologically designed city quarter for living and working is currently being developed in China’s Qingdao, on the coast of the Yellow Sea, to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The foundation stone will be laid on 6th December by Ernst Burgbacher, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Wang Chao, the Chinese Vice-Minister of Economics.

The construction of the Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao goes back to an agreement between the two countries, which was signed by the Federal Ministry for Economics and the Federal Ministry for the Environment during Angela Merkel’s state visit in July 2010; it is scheduled for completion in 2015.

With support from the German Society for Sustainable Building (DGNB) and Transsolar Consultants, gmp developed a list of criteria and measures integrating the highest possible proportion of regenerative energy sources into the master plan: in addition to wind and water power, as well as geothermal energy, the Eco-Park focuses particularly on solar energy. The conditions for this are very good in Qingdao as it has an above-average number of days of sunshine.

With around 10 sq km, the size of the new urban quarter is almost that of the Berlin Mitte district. The site extends from a mountain ridge in the south to the bay in the northeast. In their design, the architects mirror the landscape features of Qingdao – its rock formations and green plains.

The new development features eight quarters which resemble individual rock formations and, with their soft contours, form flowing nature corridors. The short distances between the quarters, the mixed uses and the density and type of buildings, which are up to eight storeys high, support energy conservation in this urban development.









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Tha'ts so very un-Chinese, looks like something they would build in Europe instead. I dont like it. It's good that they are trying to incorporate more eco-friendly projects here in China, but please come on.... Look at the height and style of it.
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Looks like an antigreen project to me.
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WTO membership has given Qingdao some new growth power
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The city of Qingdao, Shandong province has made a historical leap in output and opening-up and has become an important regional center, 10 years after China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), a city official told China Daily recently.

Most important, it is a manufacturing base and marine science and technology research center, as well as an Olympic city.

The city's gross domestic product (GDP) went from $20.7 billion in 2001, to $88.96 billion last year, and per capita GDP is expected to surpass $10,000 this year.

Liu Mingjun, director general of the municipal development and reform commission, has been a witness to the decade of changes, and explained to China Daily that, "The WTO entry injected new growth power into the city, bringing steady development. It also pushed our industrial adjustment and increased our competitiveness."

Foreign trade has been another beneficiary, with imports and exports worth $56.15 billion in 2010, compared with 2001's $12.36 billion, for an average annual growth rate of 18.3 percent.

The amount of utilized foreign funds reached $2.84 billion in 2010, almost twice the 2001 figure, and Qingdao is now working on projects with 80 global Fortune 500 companies.

Liu said that, despite the challenges China faced with WTO membership, it has faced some serious tests that in fact greatly improved its competitiveness with some international experience and more active involvement in global labor issues.

In the area of structural adjustment of its industries, the city has gradually shifted its focus from its labor-intensive textile and food processing to capital- and technology-intensive areas.

These include ship-building, automobiles, and trains as well as financial and science and technology information services.

To grow in the financial sector, it has worked more closely with other countries and brought in some foreign financial institutions.

By now, it has 24 foreign financial institutions, compared with only eight, 10 years ago. And, seven of its own enterprises have been listed overseas.

"We've closely followed global industrial trends in areas such as information software and service outsourcing," Liu added.

The city now has some major enterprises with great influence not only in China but abroad as well and is cooperating more with international companies. This has further improved the competitiveness of local companies in international markets.

Some of the cooperative relationships involve Haier and Sanyo; Tsingtao, Budweiser and Asahi beer; Hisense and Sumitomo; and the port of Qingdao and Maersk.

Tsingtao is now one of the top 10 brewers in the world, while Haier is China's leading manufacturer of white electrical appliances. At the same time, Hisense is the only Chinese company that holds three prominent trademarks.

"As we implemented a globalization strategy, we made full use of both Chinese and overseas markets and resources, and took innovation very seriously, building brands and developing a number of large transnational companies," Liu went on to explain.

One example of these results is the Haier-Luba economic cooperation zone, the first zone of its kind with a presence abroad. Then there is the Qingdao Construction Group, which ranks among the top 225 companies of its kind in the world.

And, MESNAC has built a rubber and tire research center in Europe, the first such effort for China, while the Double-star Group has 10 overseas branches.
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Qingdao builds itself as an international trade center
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Qingdao, a leading economic city of East China's Shandong province, aims to become an international trade center in the near future. This will take advantage of its booming trade industry and favorable geographical position, according to sources with the municipal commerce department.

The city's imports and exports continued to grow in 2011 with a total value amounting to $71.26 billion. This is an increase of 27.2 percent year-on-year, according to a government work conference held on Feb 6.
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Waterfront complex springs up in Qingdao
Construction begins on Atkins’ mixed-use Pacific Dream Plaza in Qingdao, China
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Construction of the Atkins-designed Pacific Dream Plaza in Qingdao in northern China has begun. The riverside 300,000 sq m mixed use development is centred around a series of landscaped squares and paths and includes a 30-storey five star hotel tower, 1,500 residential units and office and retail space.

Peter Ridley, Atkins’ senior design director, said: “This project presented a fascinating challenge because the area was partially enclosed by a river but it also gave us a great opportunity to create a remarkable quarter in a new urban location. Through rigorous testing of the client’s needs we have created a development that is distinctive, functional and one with value as a new outdoor space amenity to the wider community.”
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