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Old June 26th, 2013, 06:52 AM   #121
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Qingdao gears up for World Leisure Games
Updated: 2013-06-25 14:47
China Daily

Major infrastructure construction projects have started for the 2015 World Leisure Games to be hosted from September 12 to 21 in Laixi, a county-level city in Qingdao. The overall planning process will be completed by the end of August, according to sources at a recent media conference.

The World Leisure Games are launched by the World Leisure Organization (WLO), which appointed Qingdao as the host city for the 2015 games last October.

According to WLO Chairman Derek Casey, the coming event will be comprised of seven international games, including extreme sports, sports climbing, obstacle roller skating, water skiing, street dancing, sports dancing, sailing, electronic sports and six domestic games: golf, roller skating, biking, fishing, aerobic gymnastics, beach rugby and body building.

Apart from the games, the event will also include a World Leisure Summit, the World Leisure Expo, and the Leisure Culture and Arts Festival.

"The games stage a wide range of sports and recreation activities for mass participants and advocates for enhancing quality of life and well-being through leisure," Casey said at the conference. "By promoting leisure sports, urban development will also be facilitated."

The 2015 World Leisure Games will be the second time the Italy-based World Leisure Organization will hold such an event, with the first held in Chuncheon, South Korea, in 2010.

With rapid economic development, people from Asian countries have shown their interest in leisure sports to improve their quality of life. People's livelihood and the life of leisure have drawn concern from the government, Casey said.

"I have never seen a large number of people, in any other part of world, share and practice leisure games in squares every evening as they do in Qingdao, as well as Laixi."

"As the host city of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Games, Qingdao is more than competent to the host the World Leisure Games," he said.

Laixi Deputy Mayor Shang Jie said Qingdao welcomes citizens across the globe to the games, which will be open for free to spectators.

To date, great efforts have been made to set up the infrastructure for the 2015 games.

Shang said the preparation for the leisure games will be integrated with the urbanization of Qingdao, the treatment of the Daguhe River, and the overall development of Laixi. The post event utilization of the sports facility will be taken as a high priority during the planning process.

Venues of the event include the Qingdao Olympic Center, the Laixi Sports Center, Jiangshan Wetland, Laixi Lake, and Daguhe Leisure Sports Park. The Daguhe River treatment project will provide 40 million square meters of water space and a 46 million sq m of river-edge park. A 4-meter-wide bike track will also be built along the river.

Shang said all sports facilities will be utilized for schooling and mass fitness after the games. "With the progress of economic development, tourism has been given increasing attention from common people, and the second world leisure games will have a positive impact on people's lifestyles, helping them balance their work and life with leisure," Shang added.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 05:01 AM   #122
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National deep-sea base under construction

QINGDAO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Construction of China's national deep-sea base kicked off on Friday in the coastal city of Qingdao in eastern Shandong Province.

Liu Feng, director of the administration center of the base, said it will become a multi-functional platform that will enable China to study and explore the ocean.

With an investment of over 500 million yuan (82 million U.S. dollars), the base will cover about 26 hectares of land and 62.7 hectares of sea in Jimo City, serving as a support station for deep-sea facilities, including Jiaolong, China's manned submersible.

The base is designed to include a construction and maintenance workshop, a scientific research building, a large pool for experimental dives, and training facilities, according to Liu.

Approved by the State Council in January 2007, the construction of the base is planned to be finished by the end of 2014, and it should be put into operation in 2015.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:27 AM   #123
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Base wharf in deep sea starts caisson assembly work
Updated: 2014-01-14
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The national deep sea base project of Qingdao, Shanxi province, is currently under construction. The wharf project, built by China State Construction Port Engineering Group, has already completed the dredging part of construction and has started caisson assembly work, which is expected to be finished by mid-2014. The wharf will be put into use by the end of next year.

The national deep sea base project is divided into two parts, including the construction of the wharf and approach embankment. The platform for the wharf is 20 meters long, 50 meters wide and 10 meters deep, housing two 6,000-ton berths. The approach embankment is 393 meters long and 17 meters wide, utilizing the caisson breakwater structure.

Although the earth and stones used in the wharf project exceeds 800,000 cubic meters, the whole design takes the protection of the bay environment in the Aoshanwei area into consideration. The caissons are manufactured elsewhere before being transported more than 100 nautical miles to the assembly location.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 02:07 PM   #124
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The national deep sea base project of Qingdao, Shanxi province...
Including a tunnel or canal, of course. In China is nothing impossible!
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Atkins and CSWADI secure $5.7bn Qingdao airport contract in China
(Design Build Network, Feb. 18)

UK-based architectural firm Atkins and China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI) have won a contract to provide the conceptual planning and terminal design of the new Qingdao airport.

Atkins said that Qingdao airport is one of the largest of five airports approved by the national development and reform committee (NDRC) for development.

The contract is valued at RMB35bn ($5.7bn), with the total budget for the development of all five airports estimated at around RMB150bn ($24.7bn). Upon its scheduled completion in 2017, Qingdao airport will serve as a main regional hub and enhance the aviation capacity for both passengers and cargos.

Atkins and CSWADI will be responsible for all design aspects, including master planning, airfield design, transport planning, landscaping and water engineering.

Qingdao airport will have the capacity to process 38 million passengers per year in 2025 and 60 million passengers per year in 2045.

Atkins CEO for Asia Pacific Chris Birdsong said the company has been present in China in the planning, architecture and landscape business, for about 20 years.

"Our partnership with CSWADI, one of the leading design institutes in China and the largest in western China, will allow us to unlock opportunities to deliver our multi-disciplinary, high-end engineering services in China," Birdsong said.

CSWADI deputy dean Yang Guo said: "This contract win is the beginning of a productive partnership between CSWADI and Atkins."

link: http://www.designbuild-network.com/n...-china-4179407
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Old March 16th, 2014, 01:19 PM   #126
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Shandong plans global wealth pilot zone
11 March 2014
China Daily

Deputies of the National People's Congress have expressed confidence in the country's financial reform and the implementation of a comprehensive pilot zone for global wealth management in Shandong province.

Guo Shuqing, governor of Shandong province and an NPC deputy, said the province will strengthen legislation and regulation covering the financial sector and establish special courts to deal with financial disputes.

Guo welcomed international financial institutions to invest in Qingdao, a coastal city that's seeking permission to open a free trade zone.

Qingdao obtained central government approval last month for its global wealth management pilot zone.

Shandong's GDP reached 5.47 trillion yuan ($889 billion) last year, third after Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces. But its economic advantages still mostly lie in traditional industries, such as steel, oil and paper, said Yang Yixin, mayor of Dezhou city in Shandong.

The proportion of financial and investment professionals in Shandong in the total population is 2 percent, while the figures for Jiangsu and Zhejiang are at least 7 percent each, according to the Shandong Financial Affairs Office.

Guo said that laws and regulations are crucial when it comes to managing the financial sector and determining how fast and far the local financial industry can develop.

"The complexity of financial laws requires a professional court that will play a crucial role in the financial reform and innovation. Therefore, Qingdao is working on the establishment of courts for finance and intellectual property rights," Guo said.

Under targets for 2017 issued by the Shandong government in January, the province aims to have the added value of finance exceed 5.5 percent of GDP and more than 12 percent of the output value of the service industry.

"Developing the financial services industry in Shandong is considered a major strategy for shifting the economic growth model and adjusting the economic structure, and we hope more multinational financial tycoons can join us, to invest in Qingdao and other cities in province," the governor said

The balance of bank deposits in Shandong has exceeded 6 trillion yuan, which would be a huge sum in any province, and it calls for better management, said Guo.

That's one reason for the establishment of the pilot zone, Guo said. People can invest in other financial products such as insurance and securities to preserve and increase their wealth, he said.

However, Guo noted, Chinese investors aren't very familiar with globally adopted means of wealth management such as insurance and securities. To help change that situation, Shandong will recruit global financial talent, he said.

In Qingdao alone, 34 Chinese and international banks set up branches in the past two years. Zhang Xinqi, mayor of Qingdao, said the city has a geographic advantage in attracting other international banks, since it's one of the nearest areas to South Korea and Japan.

"Shandong is looking forward to seeing the establishment of branches of all asset management companies, securities firms and fund and insurance companies that comply with laws and regulations, no matter whether they're Chinese or multinational," Guo said.

Xie Chuanjiao in Qingdao contributed to this story.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 12:42 AM   #127
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Construction completes on 28,000 sq m UNStudio-designed Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion


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Construction has completed on the UNStudio-designed World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao, China. The firm was selected for the project through a competition in 2011 and worked in collaboration with !melk landscape architecture, Theateradvies bv and Arup.

The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao from April to October 2014 and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the Expo is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge. The Theme Pavilion operates as the platform for monthly programmed and seasonally themed activities, featuring flowers in spring, shading in summer, fruits in autumn and greens in winter.

UNStudio’s Ben van Berkel commented: “The architecture for the Theme Pavilion overflows and interacts with the surrounding landscape. The forms of the pavilion buildings respond to the nearby mountains, with their carefully composed rooftops acting as plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the master plan by different inclination and terracing and providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.”

The 28,000 sq m Theme Pavilion comprises the main Expo hall, a grand performance hall, a conference centre and a media centre. The architectural design gesture for the pavilion is borrowed from the shape of the Chinese rose - the city flower of Qingdao - and converted into the floor plan layout of the design. The four pavilion volumes or ‘petals’ are connected by internal and external walkways and frame a central square which becomes a ‘stage’ for the visitors: a dynamic focal point surrounded by viewpoints on varying levels.

van Berkel continues: “The flowering out concept is integrated into the design of the Theme Pavilion as a gesture of communication. Similarly to how it occurs in nature, the action of flowering out in architecture attracts and invites through the senses. It alludes to the notion that that a building can open itself up and encourage public interaction.”

‘Rainbow Ribbons’ provide the routing and infrastructure for the expo and permeate the surrounding landscape. This colour concept is further reflected in the facade elements which are constructed from vertically folded aluminium panels. The four theme colours (green, yellow, orange and blue) are applied along the lengths of the vertical folds, appearing and disappearing depending on the viewpoint.
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Modern sectors expected to grow
10 February 2015
China Daily

Due to its solid industrial and commercial foundation, Qingdao city planners have listed 10 industries set to grow in line with its financial sector.

Cruise lines

The city's ongoing cruise line home port project is expected to drive growth in a number of sectors including hotels, restaurants, shopping and banking.

Yachting

With a number of yacht clubs and marinas in Qingdao, city planners will also facilitate the development of yacht leasing and manufacturing to extend the value chain.

Commercial aircraft

Construction on Qingdao Aviation Industrial Park is underway. When finished it is expected to attract top aircraft manufacturers including Boeing, Gulfstream and Bombardier.

Automobiles

As Shandong province's only port known for automobile imports, Qingdao plans to boost the industry with car importing, manufacturing, trading, exhibitions and racing.

Advanced consumer goods

Qingdao officials said the city will continue to support existing shopping malls to expand their scope and scale while exploring ways to develop the online luxury business and artwork auctions market.

Healthcare and pensions

Qingdao will focus on upscale medical and health institutions, comprehensive Chinese medicine therapy, medical tourism, marine pharmaceuticals, retirement facilities and financial planning.

Upscale exhibitions and conventions

Already a city famed for its trade shows and festivities, Qingdao continues to improve its signature events such as the well-known annual international beer festival while fostering an array of leading professional exhibition organizers.

Education, sports, culture and film

Qingdao plans to continue to develop international schools, upscale business schools, leisure sports facilities and maritime sports events and work to become a locale for international film shoots.

Professional brokerage services

Plans call for agents and brokers to play a significant role in the development of Qingdao's wealth management industry, so the city will encourage brokers with chain operations as well as private capital and foreign investment.

Charity and philanthropy

Qingdao plans to reform its charity administration - including legal staff, access and taxation - and foster charity events in cooperation with celebrities and religious organizations.
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Not sure if this is a rejected competition entry or a entry in an ongoing competition, but its a proposal by Snøhetta, nicknamed "Iceberg". Since it has not been mentioned by the architect yet i guess this is a upcoming project we'll know more about soon.


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Firms line up to move into China Resources Building
11 September 2015
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In May, Alibaba Group Holding signed a deal to move into the China Resources Building in the heart of Qingdao to tap into the dynamic economy of the port city.

The China Resources Building is located in the City Crossing complex, completed in August at the cost of 20 billion yuan ($3.13 billion). The City Crossing complex comprises the China Resources Building - an automated office building - a shopping mall, serviced apartments and a luxury residential building.

After Alibaba Group completed its move, a number of financial institutions and industrial giants have taken up spots at the city center.

The 5A-class office building is expected to lead to the construction of more world-class business office buildings in Qingdao and further the city's economic development by attracting major corporations to establish regional offices.

The first China Resources Building, built in Hong Kong in 1983, is the company's flagship for office buildings across China and Asia and features a number of high-tech building technologies.

The building is located next to one city hall, with two subway line stops in the pipeline and an ever-expanding vista of skyscrapers around it. China Resources bought the plot on Shandong Road in 2009 for 6.7 billion yuan, the highest land auction price in Qingdao at the time.

The 200-meter-high building has 12 high-speed elevators and 6,000 parking spaces to ensure smooth traffic within the building.

The lobby is impressive, measuring 10 meters high and spreads across 900 sq m. Offices in the building are currently sold at 20,500 yuan per square meter.

Business leaders and office employees can take an elevator down to the Mixc Shopping Mall, the highlight development of the project, which sprawls across 450,000 square meters and has seven levels and three basement floors.
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Qingdao to build new airport expressway
Oct. 16, 2015
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Qingdao in Shandong province will build a 40-km expressway for its new airport, the Qingdao Morning News reported on Oct 16.

With a design speed of 120 kilometers per hour, the project is planned to start construction in 2016 and open to traffic in 2019. The total investment is expected to reach 12.3 billion yuan ($1.9 billion).

The new airport, located to the west of the Dagu River, northwest Qingdao, is scheduled to start operations at the same time as the new expressway opening in 2019.
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High-end office buildings redefine Shinan cityscape
7 January 2016
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As Qingdao, a coastal city in East China's Shandong province, becomes more attractive as a base of operations for regional enterprises, the high-end commercial real estate market is flourishing in Shinan district, in the south of the city.

The market development is also driving a new boom in the service sector.

Responding to market demand for high-quality office space, Shinan has built 14 Class-5A buildings.

Class-5A buildings rank among the top in China in terms of scale and construction standards, and those in Shinan account for 70 percent of Qingdao's total.

"High-rises don't only mean high prices, but stand for high-quality facilities and services," said Fu Jingde, a sales director at the HNA Building, a tower located in the district.

Fu said the Class-5A buildings are all in prime locations, with higher standards for power supply, air-conditioning, intelligent systems, communications, security, parking systems and property management services.

"During rush periods, it doesn't take more than 30 seconds to wait for an elevator," he said.

With the upgrade of office buildings, international leading companies including Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered, PwC, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Savills Aston Martin are setting up management offices in Shinan, which brings in high tax revenue for the government.

So far, there are 21,000 enterprises operating in the high-end office buildings in Shinan, of which the service sector accounts for 67 percent of the total. Twenty-four buildings in the district generate annual tax contributions of more than 100 million yuan ($15.3 million).
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China state planner approves $16.4-bln urban rail project in Qingdao

BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) - China's top economic planner on Wednesday approved a 107.2 billion yuan ($16.41 billion) urban rail project in Qingdao, a port city in the eastern province of Shandong, a move to hasten infrastructure projects to boost economic growth.

The rail project is the second phase of the city's urban rail construction, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on its website.

The project, with a total construction of 181.7 km (112.9 miles) of rail line, is expected to finish in 2021, it added. ($1=6.5340 Chinese yuan renminbi)
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Massive upgrades turn coastal stretch into gold star international tourist resort
2 August 2016
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Boasting a newly recognized "national tourism and resort zone", the Phoenix Peninsula in Qingdao West Coast New Area is heading towards being among China's top resort destinations.

Phoenix Peninsula covers 21 square kilometers and stretches out over 54 km of coastline that includes the 3.5-km long Golden Beach, which is a national-level 4A scenic spot, China's second-highest such ranking.

With cautious protection of its natural environment, tourism products in the zone have diversified in recent years, including the addition of several high-end hotels, such as a Wyndam, The Lalu and a Hilton, entertainment parks, yacht and cruise ship ports, sports centers and museums.

A private shell museum in the zone displays the area's natural history with about 4,260 kinds of shell samples and more than 130 varieties of shell fossils. The museum's collections come from over 60 countries.

Riocarnival, a mixed functional commercial compound, features an ultra-large indoor water sports theme park, luxury hotels, restaurants, and villa condos.

Traditionally a fishing area, the peninsula is strewn with seaborne angling programs and seafood restaurants along the coastline to its affiliated island, Zhuchadao.

It is also home to three famous mountains - Langyatai, an ancient sea worshipping site graced by China's first emperor, Qinshihuang, Zhushan Hill and Cangmashan Hill.

The Zhushan National Forest Park, dubbed as the area's green lung, has recently undergone expansion of its green coverage by 50,000 square meters.

The park has also enhanced infrastructure with 19 new bathrooms, 550 dust bins and 45 km of newly built roads.

It will also accommodate Wanda Group's $4.5 billion film studios which are under construction.

From last summer, Phoenix Peninsula has been the venue for the Qingdao International Beer Festival, and has China's largest coastal beer plaza.
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Qingdao-Rongcheng high-speed rail gets rolling
18 November 2016
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A high-speed railway connecting the three major cities of Qingdao, Yantai, and Weihai, across the Shandong Peninsula opened on Nov 16, forming a one-hour city-to-city loop.

With construction starting in 2011, and costing 37 billion yuan ($5.5 billion), the railway runs for 300 kilometers, traversed by trains at an average speed of 250 kilometers per hour, peaking out at 300 kph.

Starting at Qingdao North Railway Station, the line goes northeast through Jiaodong Peninsula and ends at Rongcheng Railway Station in Weihai, stopping at 14 stations.

Journey times between Qingdao and Yantai will be reduced from four and a half hours to just one, according to an official from Yantai railway bureau.

Travel times between Qingdao and Weihai will also be cut to less than two hours.

Nearly 20 million people will benefit from the new service, which covers an area of 30,000 square kilometers.

The railway will help to eliminate the transport bottlenecks in the northeastern area of Shandong Peninsula, improving regional cooperation and boosting economic development.

"The speed of transport is key to allowing labor markets to function effectively in ever-expanding cities," said one expert on urban studies.
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