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Old August 12th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #161
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French loans help Hubei Province go greener

WUHAN, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, will use 20 million euros (174 million yuan) of French loans to make its buildings more energy efficient over the next four years, the city government said Wednesday.

This is China's first energy-saving building renovation project that involves foreign-government loans, the city government said in a press release.

The project is expected to reduce the power and water usage of 37 buildings by 20 to 30 percent, it said.

The majority of the buildings serve as government offices.

The total cost of the renovation is 199 million yuan, which includes the French Development Agency loans and an additional 25 million yuan from local tax revenue, it said.

The buildings' exteriors, as well as air-conditioning, hot water and lighting systems will be overhauled.

The renovation also features smart power consumption monitoring systems that can send alerts whenever power usage exceeds targets in various units of the buildings.
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Glimpse at Erqi Yangtze River Bridge





Photo taken on Aug. 18, 2011 shows the south main bay of the Erqi Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The two sections of the south main bay of the bridge were joined on Thursday. The 6,507-meter-long bridge with six lanes is expected to open at the end of 2011. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)
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1st subway tunnel crossing Yangtze River under construction



A worker walks towards the tunneling machine used in the subway construction under the Yangtze River in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Aug. 21, 2011. The 3.1-km-long subway tunnel is the first of its kind to cross the Yangtze River, China's longest river, and will start operating at the end of next year. (Xinhua/Hao Tongqian)
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Updated: 2011-10-14 08:46
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Big-ticket infrastructure projects give Wuhan an edge in attracting foreign investment

If city planners have their way, Wuhan could soon be the crown jewel that will channel more foreign investment into China.

The city of more than 9 million people, the capital of Hubei province in Central China, is in the throes of a massive urbanization drive that will soon see it have an entirely new subway system, with nearly more than 200 kilometers of track, two new airport terminals, a new financial district, a cultural district and a riverfront promenade.

Such huge infrastructure plans also call for massive investment and therein the big opportunity for foreign companies. Annual investment on infrastructure in Wuhan jumped from 50 billion yuan ($7.84 billion, 5.85 billion euros) in 2008 to 100 billion yuan last year, while the figure for this year is expected to exceed 120 billion yuan.

Wuhan's infrastructure projects are helping to shore up China's economic growth and reduce the impact of sluggish foreign trade. Wuhan also has a rich legacy, as it was from here that the seeds of a modern China were sown through what is now called the 1911 Revolution.

Ugur Lee Kanbur, general manager of the Westin hotel in Wuhan, says it is these twin factors that prompted the Starwood Group to set up its first hotel in Hubei province in the city.

"Location and right timing are the decisive factors for success in the hospitality business," Kanbur says.

The hotel, which had a grand opening at the end of last month, was fully booked in early October before the centenary celebrations for the 1911 Revolution on Oct 10.

"We are looking to be the market leaders in Wuhan by next year," says Kanbur, adding that Westin is the only Western luxury hotel in Wuhan.
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Kanbur says that the 1911 Revolution is not the only reason for Starwood to be present in Wuhan. "More importantly, it is the rapid development and transformation of the city and the question of being in the right place at the right time."

Today the 1911 Revolution is a distant memory in Wuhan, as several of the historic buildings have made way for new gleaming glass and steel edifices. Apart from subway lines, there are several projects for new roads and road widening. Construction sites throughout the city sport the catchy slogan "Today's inconvenience is for tomorrow's convenience".

Despite the inconveniences, companies are not complaining. "The city can be a little dusty now. But the potential of the city will keep growing as long as it continues to build something," says Kanbur.

"With the kind of development that is going on in the city, I would not be surprised if it stands on par with or overtakes cities such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou in the next five years.

"The icing on the cake for the city will be the slew of investments that will come from multinational companies and foreign investors."

Kanbur says Wuhan will be the top draw for global hotel chains, fashion brands and supermarkets. Justifying such claims has been the buzz in the hospitality business in recent times.

Sheraton Hotel, Westin's sister brand in the United States, and Ritz-Carlton, the luxury brand with no room priced below 2,500 yuan per night in China, are considering luxury hotels in Wuhan.

Big fashion brands such as the Sweden-headquartered H&M and the Spain-based ZARA arrived in Wuhan last year. Yet another biggie in the retail front Marks & Spencer (M&S) is setting up its sixth outlet in China in Wuhan rather than Beijing or Guangzhou.

M&S opened its first store in China in Shanghai in 2008, and now has four outlets in the city and another in Ningbo, Zhejiang province.

Qiu Lei, project director of Langold Real Estate, a Wuhan firm that focuses on developing commercial property projects, such as shopping centers, says Wuhan's business landscape is also fast changing with the infrastructure upgrade.

"Earlier it was not unusual to see middle-class people from Wuhan going to Shanghai, Guangzhou or even Hong Kong for shopping. That has changed now. Before the new shopping centers and modern infrastructure, many foreign brands perceived Wuhan as a third- or fourth-tier city," Qiu says.

As the capital of Hubei province, which is one of the six provinces that make up China's central hinterland, Wuhan is certainly no third- or fourth-tier city. But no one can ignore the economic gap between Wuhan and the first-tier cities in coastal China.

Despite strong growth in the past five years, Wuhan's gross domestic product (GDP) reached only 500 billion yuan last year, whereas Guangzhou in Guangdong province reported GDP of 1 trillion yuan.

But that gap is shrinking. Rising labor and output costs are crimping margins and profits for businesses in the coastal regions and many of them are moving inland. The State Council named Wuhan the center of Central China last year, and hopes to make it a powerhouse and an alternative destination for foreign investment. But the local government of Wuhan has even more ambitious plans. The city wants to be the national economic leader and not just that of Central China during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

"There are 5,000 construction sites in the city, which is more than all the construction sites in Europe put together," says Lan Hongbo, standing vice-director of Wuhan's investment promotion bureau.

The large number of construction sites does bring dust to the city and strain to the traffic system, but improved infrastructure is one of the key elements in attracting future investment, Lan says.

"Investors will evaluate the overall situation of a city, such as location, transport facilities, labor and raw material costs and infrastructure facilities. With a better infrastructure, we can certainly hope to attract more investors," he says, adding that his bureau has witnessed a rapid increase in investment in Wuhan over the past two to three years.

The number of Fortune 500 companies in Wuhan has grown from 60 to 81 in the past five years. Over $13 billion of foreign investment has come into Wuhan during the same period with an average annual increase of 13.6 percent.

Domestic investment has also risen during the period with a record high of 50.6 billion yuan investment in 2010, according to data from the local government. But the crown jewel of all the investment that Wuhan has attracted is undoubtedly real estate, Lan says.

"Can you imagine that Dalian Wanda Group has six plazas in Wuhan? The newly opened Han Street project alone cost 50 billion yuan," he says.

Wanda Group is one of China's top real estate developers with revenues of over 65 billion yuan in 2010. The real estate giant has four projects in Beijing and four in Shanghai, but in Wuhan it plans to develop seven or eight, according to the company's CEO Wang Jianlin.

The 1,500-meter Han Street, opened on Sept 30, is part of Wuhan central culture district, the largest single investment in Wanda Group's history in China. The project located near East Lake is a commercial complex sprawling 1.8 square kilometers, which includes five-star hotels, grade A office buildings, waterfront mansions and Han Street, said to be the longest pedestrian street in the world, which has been designed to become China's Fifth Avenue with not only fashion and luxury brands but also cultural destinations such as museums and theaters.

"It is impossible for first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to offer such huge land parcels at such prime locations. Companies are also not keen on undertaking such mammoth projects in remote cities even if it comes with assurances of huge land parcels. It was therefore inevitable that we chose Wuhan for the project," says Wang from the Wanda group.

Shanghai-based Greenland Group, another big real estate developer, is also coming up with a mega project in Wuhan. The company is setting up two projects, including a 606-meter-high landmark skyscraper, which will be the third tallest building in the world after the 828-m Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and the 632-m Shanghai Tower when completed in 2017.

"We have been following the development of Wuhan since 2000. Back then, we did not think the city was ready," says Lu Zhenxing, marketing director for Hubei province at Greenland Group.

Wuhan's progress in the five past years is what prompted the change in the company strategy. Wuhan's GDP in 2005 was 200 billion yuan and is expected to reach 1 trillion yuan by 2015, according to the local government's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

The Wuhan-centered high-speed rail network, expected to reshape China's transport landscape, is scheduled for completion in 2013. The network will reduce traveling time between Wuhan and major destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to four hours.

"Wuhan is within easy reach of China's major economic powerhouses of Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing, all of which lie within a 1,200 km radius of the city. The high-speed rail network emphasizes Wuhan's locational advantage. We think Wuhan needs and deserves a landmark skyscraper in the near future," says Lu.

Such mega projects and the fast-changing skyline reinforce the confidence of investors.

"Our hotel's rooms are currently priced at least 20 percent to 30 percent lower than other Westin hotels in first-tier cities across China. I believe that we can catch up on the price front in the next five years in tandem with the booming development in Wuhan," Kanbur says.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 08:42 PM   #166
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Work begins on Australian architects' vivid creative industries campus in China

The architects behind the Beijing Watercube have just released a colourful new concept for a creative industries campus in Wuhan entitled China Central Intelligence Valley (CCIV). Signing of contracts for the project was witnessed by the Australian Federal Trade Minister and their Chinese counterparts, recognising the scheme as ‘an innovative Australian landmark green building project in China’.

Immediately apparent is the brave use of colour in this 450,000 sq m campus, with PTW introducing a remarkable 1,280 unique colours based on a 48x25 colour pixel map. This decision was made to reflect the range of tones in digital colour systems used by the creative industries that will find their home at the campus.

Sustainable elements also play a key role in this design, with the architects aiming for a China two star green building rating (the China three star rating system has replaced the previously adopted United States Green Building Council’s LEED system in China). To do so a number of eco-alternatives such as a geothermal energy system and onsite renewable energy system have been introduced, with green roofs employed extensively across the complex.

PTW details: “The design is based on the ‘reuse of existing factory space for creative uses’ metaphor: with the difference that in this case the ‘factory space’ is newly created!’ To inspire a buzzing ecosystem of creative energy the architects have inserted floating bridges to connect otherwise separate areas of the campus, allowing collaboration and social relationships to develop between creative industries. Construction is now underway.













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250,000 video monitors protect Wuhan

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- At the touch of a button, in the Wuhan’s Public Security Bureau can see almost everything happening in public places in the city.

The system, called "Wisdom Eyes", is designed to help them safeguard people’s safety. But according to the Wuhan Police, there’s no need to worry about privacy being violated in the process.

The touch screens at the control center in the Wuhan Public Security Bureau look like giant smart phones. On the electronic map, each sensor is referred to as an eye. Touch any eye, and you can get immediate access to a live video feed of that location. However, if the eye is marked "closed”, that means there’s some problem with the detector.

Road junction video cameras at the entrances to the city automatically keep track of the make and license numbers of all passing vehicles. The police can also direct the cameras themselves, zooming in and out, and surveying the scene in its entirety.

According to Wang Wei, deputy director in charge of the program, the system has 7 types of monitoring devices, most of which are high definition models. 250,000 cameras are spread all over Wuhan City. Within a 1-kilometer area over 500 monitors have been installed in the interests of public safety. Many people think it makes their lives safer, but they are also worried about the infringement on their freedom and privacy.

A Wuhan resident said, "I think there are both advantages and disadvantages. The system can protect us, but at the same time it might infringe some people’s privacy. However, I guess for most Wuhan citizens, their normal life will not be affected. "

Another Wuhan resident said, "I worry about revealing my privacy to some degree. After all, there are lots of videos that get on the Internet. I’m afraid my privacy will be affected."

Wuhan Police said that advanced technology and strict management will guarantee that people’s privacy will not be revealed.

Xu Runan, Director of Information & Communication of Wuhan Public Security Bureau, said,"I don’t think it’s necessary to worry about revealing privacy. At the beginning of the planning for the implementation of the system, protecting people’s privacy was seriously taken into account. First of all, we only set up detectors in public places. Second, the networking of the system is through an independent public security network. It’s completely separate from the Internet."

Xu emphasized that other public departments can only share the video from detectors directly related to their department’s mandate, and even then only once someone registers for a public security digital certificate. All people who want to see any video feeds must have a public security digital certificate, which needs to be approved through their ID card. Once it’s approved, the person is responsible for their certificate for as long as they live. If a video is then circulated privately, that person will bear legal liability.

According to Wuhan Police, the system recently played a major role in resolving a bombing case in the city. And since last year, the system has helped Wuhan Police in over 500 criminal cases.
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Photo taken on Dec. 31, 2011 shows the Erqi Yangtze River Bridge in Wuhan, the capital of central China's Hubei Province. The Erqi Yangtze River Bridge, the seventh Yangtze River Bridge, was completed and opened to traffic on Saturday. The bridge, 6,507 meters in total length with two main 616-meter spans, was both the three-bridgehead cable-stayed and composite-beam cable-stayed bridge with the world's largest span. (Xinhua/Cheng Min)





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Cross-province effort to build economic hub

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (China Daily) -- More than 90 million people will benefit from comprehensive business cooperation jointly launched by Hubei, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces, Li Hongzhong, Party chief of Hubei province, said on Friday.

Addressing a conference in Hubei's provincial capital Wuhan, Li said the agreement reached by leaders of the three provinces is a sign that cooperative efforts to establish a new urban hub in Central China have officially begun.

According to Li, the blueprint will strengthen business cooperation between three capital cities - Wuhan, Changsha and Nanchang - which form a natural triangle where more than 90 million people live, nearly 8 percent of China's population.

The zone had a total economic output of 2.5 trillion yuan ($397 billion) and maintained 7.3 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2010.

More than 129 of the top 500 global companies have either investments or offices in the region, he said.

"The three provinces will work together to build a new urban hub, which will play a significant role in optimizing the region's productive forces," said Lu Xinshe, governor of Jiangxi.

Their cooperation "will greatly promote the economic development of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River", Lu said.

Wang Yuqi, director of the Jiangxi Academy of Social Sciences, said at the conference that the cooperation is expected to build a fourth significant urban hub in China, after the Bohai-Rim Economic Circle (Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan); Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai-Nanjing-Hangzhou), and Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Zhuhai).

"It can be estimated that competition among urban hubs will become more evident," said Wang.

The idea of building an economic zone in Central China was first raised in 2003 by Qin Zunwen, a professor of economics from the Hubei Academy of Social Sciences. "As long as the three provinces work together, a competitive urban hub is well in sight," Qin said.

In 2010, the State Council issued a regulation on the importance of developing urban hubs in the three provinces, providing a foundation for the close cooperation among the provinces.

Hunan and Hubei both contributed more than 1.9 trillion yuan in gross provincial product last year, according to provincial data, both overtaking Shanghai.

Wang Xiang, 29, a real estate project manager in Wuhan, said based on his experience, the investment environment in the city still needs improvement, compared with that in eastern coastal cities.

Wang Yan, 23, a Jiangxi woman who is studying in Wuhan, said that the transport system between the two regions is convenient. "We can travel back and forth within a day."

But some people say the initiative needs further discussion and study.

"Regional development should be in line with national strategy, so we support further discussion (about the cooperation)," said Fan Hengshan, director of the National Development and Reform Commission's regional economy department.

"The central cities are finally getting their chance," said Ye Yonggang, a professor of finance from Wuhan University. "But the success of the plan still depends on different factors."

Ye said effective cooperation is based on more than just an announcement. "The most important job is working out how to have each party get real benefit from the cooperation."
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Japanese retail giant to build shopping malls in central China

WUHAN, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Aeon, a leading Japanese retailing group, plans to build three large shopping malls in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

The three shopping malls, scheduled to be open by 2015, will be located in the Dongxihu development zone, the Wuhan economic and technical development zone and the Jiangan District, sources with the Wuhan municipal government said.

The total retail sales of consumer goods of Wuhan stood at 300 billion yuan (47.64 billion U.S. dollars) last year, government data showed.

A Fortune 500 enterprise, Aeon Group has witnessed a fast expansion in the markets of China, Hong Kong, and southeast Asia in recent years.
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Construction underway on UNStudio's textured Hanjie Wanda Square development

Hanjie Wanda Square is a luxury shopping plaza which will house international luxury brand stores, world-class boutiques, catering outlets and cinemas. UnStudio’s approach considers the Hanjie Wanda Square as a contemporary classic, combining both contemporary and traditional design elements in one concept.

The concept of synergy of flows is key to all of the design components; the fluid articulation of the building envelope, the programming of the dynamic façade lighting and its content design, the pattern and space articulation of the public landscape surrounding the building and the interior pattern language which guides customers from the central atria to the upper levels and throughout the building via linking corridors.

The interior concept is developed around the North and South atria, creating two different, yet integrated atmospheres. Variations in geometry, materials and details define these differing characters. The North atrium is characterised by warm golden and bronze materials reflecting a cultural, traditional identity. In the South atrium Silver and grey nuances with reflective textures reflect the city identity and its urban rhythm. Both atria are crowned by skylights with a funnel structure which connect the roof and the ground floor, in addition to integrating the panorama lifts.

The façade design focuses on achieving a dynamic effect reflecting the handcrafted combination of two materials: polished stainless steel and Alabaster. These two materials are crafted into nine differently shaped, but standardised spheres. Their specific positions in relation to each other recreate the effect of movement and reflection in water, or the sensuous folds of silk fabric.

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Shanghai GM builds production base in Wuhan

WUHAN, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai GM, the joint venture of China's SAIC Motor and General Motors (GM), can expect its new factory in the central Chinese metropolis of Wuhan to add an annual production capacity of 300,000 units by 2014, as the project broke ground Wednesday.

With a projected investment of 7 billion yuan (about 1.1 billion U.S. dollars), the new plant will cover an area of 2.32 square km in the city's Jingang New District.

Ye Yongming, general manager of Shanghai GM, said that by setting foot in Wuhan, the company is expanding its vehicle production activities from China's coastal cities to the country's interior, which is conducive to tapping markets in the country's vast central and western regions.

He said the Wuhan facility will be the company's fourth production base after those in the eastern cities of Shanghai and Yantai and the northeast city of Shenyang.

Shanghai GM has projected an annual output of 2 million units by 2015. In order to realize this goal, its Shanghai plant recently added 240,000 units of production capacity on May 30. An expansion project is also underway in its Shenyang plant.

GM and its Chinese joint ventures sold 231,183 vehicles in the Chinese market in May, up 21 percent year on year.

Home to Chinese truck producer Dongfeng Motor, Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, is vying with the northeast city of Changchun and southwest Chongqing Municipality for the title of "Detroit of the East."

The city has planned to allocate 31.28 square km of land to develop the Jingang New District into an auto industrial zone.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced earlier this year that it is looking to set up a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor in Wuhan to produce electric vehicles.
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Wuhan airport to build new terminal
Updated: 2012-07-06 16:19
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A new terminal will be built in the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport before 2015 to meet increasing passenger demand in Central China's Hubei province, local media reported on Friday.

The project will cost about 16 billion yuan ($2.5 billion), and will occupy an area of 370,000 square meters with a 3,600-meter long and 60-meter wide runway, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported.

The new runway can guarantee the safe takeoff and landing of the Airbus A380, the report said.

The project, already approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, will start construction before October. The terminal will be built in a flying-phoenix shape, representing local culture.

A parking apron with capacity for 60 planes will also be built, the report said.

According to airport data, more than 12 million domestic and foreign passengers arrived at, or left from, the airport last year, only 1 million less than the airport's capacity of 13 million.

The airport is expected to receive about 14 million passengers this year.
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Workers are seen at the Changqing depot of Wuhan Subway Line No. 2 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, July 14, 2012. The Line No. 2 is the first subway line of the city, also the first subway line across the Yangtze River. The construction of the project started in 2006. It is expected to be put into operation in the end of 2012. (Xinhua/Hao Tongqian)



Photo taken on July 14, 2012 shows the Changqing depot of Wuhan Subway Line No. 2 in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The Line No. 2 is the first subway line of the city, also the first subway line across the Yangtze River. The construction of the project started in 2006. It is expected to be put into operation in the end of 2012. (Xinhua/Hao Tongqian)
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China approves plan to boost development of central region

BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The State Council, China's Cabinet, on Wednesday approved a plan to promote the development of the country's central region.

The development of the central region, which includes Shanxi, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan, Hubei and Hunan provinces, is of strategic importance in China's regional development layout, according to a statement released after a State Council meeting presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao.

The meeting outlined seven priority tasks in boosting the rise of the central region, according to the statement.

Energy should be focused on constructing bases for grain production, energy and raw materials, modern equipment manufacturing and high-tech industries in the central region, it said.

Governments should speed up building high-grade waterways and ports on the Yangtze River, the Huai River and their major branches, and more feeder airports should be constructed in order to consolidate the region's status as a comprehensive transportation hub, it said.

Priority will also be given to forming economic belts in regions along the east-west Longhai Railway, the north-south Beijing-Guangzhou Railway and Beijing-Kowloon (in Hong Kong) Railway, as well as the Yangtze River, in an effort to promote the region's development and opening-up, it said.

Moreover, efforts will be directed toward accelerating financial reforms and innovation in the region's provincial capitals, including Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Changsha, it said.

Governments should also support the development of the least-developed areas in the region, improve education and social security networks to safeguard local people's livelihood and increase efforts in energy conservation and local environmental protection, it said.

Meanwhile, the meeting decided to expand the value-added tax (VAT) reform trial to 10 more Chinese regions, including Beijing and Tianjin, during the period from August 1 to the end of the year.

More regions will run the program next year, and trials in some sectors will be expanded across the nation in 2013, according to the meeting.

Aiming to avoid double taxation, China started replacing its turnover tax with the VAT in the transport sector and some service sectors in Shanghai from January 1 this year.

The meeting also studied work on improving the country's minimum subsistence allowances system, asking the government to mend the system's qualification criteria, standardizing the examination and approval process and establishing related verification and supervision mechanisms.
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Cave-in at China construction site, casualties unknown



A construction site after a cave-in is seen in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Sept. 5, 2012. An unknown number of people were trapped following the accident. The city's fire brigade has sent three teams of rescuers with life detectors to search for survivors in the rubble. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

WUHAN, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- A furniture market that was being built in central China's Hubei Province collapsed Wednesday morning, trapping workers in the rubble, witnesses and local authorities said.

It is unknown how many workers are trapped.

The planned market for home furnishings and building materials in Qiaokou district of the provincial capital Wuhan toppled during construction at around 8 a.m., said a source with the city's fire brigade.

Xinhua reporters at the scene saw the cave-in happen in the underground structure, seemingly a garage, that covered about 300 square meters and was two-storey high.

At least two people were seen to be injured after they were pulled out of the rubble, said a witness surnamed Song.

Song, who lives near the construction site, said she felt the tremor when the construction caved in. "It lasted about 10 seconds," she said.

Several residents said they saw more trucks than usual carrying cement to the site Tuesday night, a sign that construction had been accelerated.

Rescuers were still searching for survivors in the rubble with life detectors.
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19 killed after construction lift crashes in central China

WUHAN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- A lift crashed from the 30th floor of an apartment building under construction in central China's Hubei Province Thursday, killing all 19 people aboard, local authorities said.

The accident occurred at around 1:26 p.m. in a community that is being built in the provincial capital of Wuhan, a city government spokesman said.

The victims were mostly construction workers, the spokesman said.

Local authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.





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Five detained over fatal construction elevator crash

WUHAN, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Five people have been detained over a fatal construction elevator accident that killed 19 people on Thursday in central China's Hubei Province, local police said Saturday.

The elevator plummeted from the 30th floor of an apartment building under construction in the provincial capital of Wuhan at 1:26 p.m., killing everyone inside, most of whom were construction workers, municipal police said.

Those being detained are from four companies responsible for the construction or supervision of the apartment building project, or the installation of the elevator, police said.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.
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