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Old August 17th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #2381
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A New House in an Old District
By Local Architects Neri & Hu Design and Research Office




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Location: Shanghai, China
Area: 193 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute


The magical lane houses, which were once the dominant fabric that made urban Shanghai the intoxicating place that it was in the 1930s, are now slowly being demolished, taken over by high-density developments all over the city. Neri&Hu was commissioned to reconstruct a dilapidated lane house left with almost nothing except its glorious shell in the historic and artistic Tianzifang area in Shanghai, and the mission was to transform it into three separate apartment units.

Neri&Hu’s strategy was to rethink the typology of the lane house–keeping the split level formation, a typical trait to lane houses in this city, and add spatial interest through new insertions and skylights to accentuate the architectural integrity of such a typology, contemporizing it for today’s lifestyle.

Historically the lane houses are separated with two distinct spaces–a longer and often rectangular space with a smaller room half a level above that creates a split section connected by a winding stairway in between. These lane houses which were often occupied by single families during the turn of the century, have changed over the course of the city’s economic history. They are now typically occupied by three or more families, sharing the public stair case and landings, so that neighbors living on different levels or rooms have a chance to interact as they move in and out of their personal units.

To keep the spirit of this typology alive, a new continuous metal stair was inserted to replace the old decaying wooden stair that was not to code. It also serves to act both as a vertical connection to the three levels and at the same time a lock for the frontal room and room half a level above to be intact in its configuration. To keep these spaces pure and rigorous, all toilets were inserted into the stair spaces. The bathrooms, conceivably the most intimate spaces of each apartment, are inserted next to the most public stairway separated only with a sandblasted glass divider. Above this stairway, a clearstory skylight was added to bring light to the darkest space and also to the frontal room, the room half a level above, and the staircase space itself. The blurring of both the private and the public acts as the central concept that binds the split level together, and at the same time, bring life to the middle and darkest portion of the lane house.

Architecturally, the decorative elements added over the last 60 years were stripped off, and large openings were created on the frontal section to improve light qualities to the public spaces of each apartment. The color black was selected to make the building “disappear”, in hoping that one would experience the split-section connected by a public stairway that is so vital to Shanghai’s urban life in the 30’s. By capturing the spirit of the historic past and making new abstract insertions to meet modern needs, Neri&Hu infused life into a lane house in a neighborhood whose original fabric is dissolving too fast, too soon.











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Old August 24th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #2382
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Bund historic building becomes fashion center
August 23, 2013
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ONE of the oldest buildings on the Bund has been renovated into a fashion and boutique center and held a wine appreciation party this week, officials said today.

The Bund 22, originally built in 1906 for foreign banking institution Swire Pacific, has been renovated and reopened to include tailored brands, “arty cultures” and restaurants. A grand opening of many stores in the building will be held late this month.

The wine party hosted by world class sommelier Andy Chen introduced visitors to tasting wines and basic drinking etiquette.

Designers from a high-end, custom-made gowns brand, Guo Pei, made design drafts for some of the visitors.

More fashion and cultural activities will be held in the historic building next month after the grand opening, an official with the Bund 22 said today.

The historic building was originally designed by Davies and Thomas, Civil Engineers and was originally constructed by Swire Pacific Limited of England. It is the only century-old red-brick building on the Bund.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #2383
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New York University (Shanghai) Construction Updates / 上海纽约大学
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New York University Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) is the third degree-granting campus established by New York University, after New York City and Abu Dhabi.




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Old August 25th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #2384
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Design Republic Design Commune

By Shanghai-based Local Architects Neri&Hu Design and Research Office / 如恩设计研究室




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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: Shanghai, China
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Design Team: Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
Area: 2,400 sqm
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute
Product Team: Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Nicolas Fardet, Chen Xiaowen
Graphic Team: Christine Neri, Hao Zhou, Evelyn Chiu, Siwei Ren



Design Republic Design Commune, located in the center of Shanghai, envisions itself as a design hub, a gathering space for designers and design patrons alike to admire, ponder, exchange, learn, and consume. It houses the new flagship store for Design Republic, a modern furniture retailer, alongside a mixture of design-focused retail concepts, including books, fashion, lighting, accessories and flowers. The Commune will also have a design gallery, an event space, a café, a restaurant by Michelin-Starred Chef Jason Atherton, and a one-bedroom Design Republic apartment.

Situated within the historic relic of the Police Headquarters built by the British in the 1910s, the project takes a surgical approach to renovation. First, gently removing the decaying wood and plaster, then carefully restoring the still vibrant red brick work, while grafting on skin, joints, and organs onto parts that needed reconstruction. And finally with the attachment of a brand new appendage which, like a prosthetic, enables the existing building to perform new functions, the nearly abandoned building begins its life again.

Replacing the rather dilapidated row-shops on the street front, Neri&Hu introduced a modern glassy insertion onto the brick façade. To accentuate the historic nature of the main building, the street level periphery is enveloped by transparent glazing to reveal the existing brick work and rough concrete structures. Breathing new life into a traditional colonial building plan, Neri&Hu strategically removed certain floor plates, walls, as well as ceiling panels, to allow a renewed experience of the existing building, one that is fitting for the new functions to which the building now needs to respond.

Various small and precise incisions have been made in the interior architecture to reveal the building’s history and integrity while creating experiential intersections for a coherent experience when moving through the building. Contrasting with the exterior which has mostly been left intact due to historic preservation guidelines, the interior has been completely transformed. The starkly modern white rooms are juxtaposed with untouched remnants of brick walls, and in some cases, exposed wood laths underneath crumbling plaster walls. The clear intentionality behind the detailing of connections between the old and the new creates a visually and spatially tectonic balance in relation to the building as a whole.















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Old August 25th, 2013, 08:36 AM   #2385
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Work set to begin on iconic tower
Shanghai Daily
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SHANGHAI'S landmark meteorological signal tower on the Bund, most recently a cafe with scenic views, is being restored to its original weather station function.

The 50-meter tall tower can still be used to record and deliver weather information and will release weather alerts or emergency warnings after renovations, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau announced yesterday.

Work will begin within the week and should be finished by September 25.

This will be the second major renovation of the tower in the past 20 years.

Built in 1907, the meteorological signal tower was once the tallest structure on the Bund, and the tallest tower in Far East, providing weather forecasts for navigation.

Signal flags on the tower gave mariners information on whether to go to sea.

With the technological advances, the signal tower was gradually phased out and in 1953 it was handed over to the city river police.

Now new instruments, including an automatic meteorological station, will be installed in the tower.

Its original role helping sailors on the Huangpu River won't be forgotten either.

"Meteorological signal balls will be hung on the tower to give weather warnings, restoring the tower's original function after 60 years," the bureau official said.

The Atanu Cafe, the most recent occupant of the building, has closed as preparations for renovations proceed.

The tower underwent its first major renovation in 1995, when it was moved 22 meters and had its facade restored.
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A photo shows the meteorological tower being revamped on the Bund. Renovation of the meteorological tower is expected to be complete at the end of September. It will be able to better record and release weather information and alerts after the renovations are completed. The tower was set up in 1884, functioning as a signal beacon. It later reported weather information through radio after renovation and expansion.
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A New House in an Old District
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 05:33 AM   #2388
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Elevated road to reopen after face-lift
27 August 2013
Shanghai Daily

Repair works on a major road that connects to the Hongqiao Transport Hub are expected to be completed and ready for use by the end of next month.

Broken road surface was a regular occurrence on the Humin elevated road that links Shanghai’s downtown to the transport hub of Hongqiao airport and Hongqiao railway station in the city’s west. Shanghai construction and traffic authorities have blamed an increase in traffic volume for the cracks on the road, which has been in service for 10 years.

About 40,000 square meters of surface area has been renovated and reconstructed along the 5.4-kilometer stretch of the road.

Builders also said that new technology has been used in the reconstruction to limit the pollution of asphalt.

The warm-mixed asphalt cuts down the smoke during the reconstruction by 90 percent, as well as limiting the PM2.5, a standard for evaluating particulates in the air, by 80 to 90 percent.

“It will have little impact on environment,” said Huang Zhending, a project engineer.

Cao Yadong, the chief engineer of Shanghai airport road construction company, said the new technology drastically cuts down emissions and decreases dust and smoke.

Similar green technology was used during road construction for World Expo 2010 Shanghai, officials said.

The new technology drove up the costs of the repairs by 6 to 8 percent, they said.

Much of the paving work is done in the night since work started on it in May, leaving much of the day traffic at ease.
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Oriental Pearl tower set to get new look

September 12, 2013,
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Shanghai’s landmark Oriental Pearl TV Tower will have a fresh new look after the National Day holidays next month when elaborate repairs and renovation works are carried out for the first time in 19 years, its operator said yesterday.

The tower is turning yellow and grey with stains following years of exposure. There are small cracks on the surface that also needs to be fixed. The primary purpose however is to return it to its former glory.

The renovation is expected for just over 7 months and will mainly cover the exterior below 254 meters. The Shanghai Construction Group has been tasked with the job.

The normal operation of the tower will not be affected, said Guo Yifeng, deputy general manager of Oriental Pearl Radio and TV Tower Co, which manages the tower.

Guo said minor cleanup work had already started in the lower deck of the tower, but the whole project will officially start after the holiday.

The 468-meter high tower, one of the city’s landmarks in the Pudong New Area’s Lujiazui financial hub, is one of the most popular attractions in the city.

The tower consists of three big columns which are nine meters in diameter, the space module, the upper sphere, the lower sphere, five small spheres, tower base and the square.

It costs 150 yuan to enjoy a view of both the Bund and Pudong skyline from the tower.
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China must plan scientifically for "high-quality" urbanization that is human-oriented and energy-saving, a senior official at the country's top economic planning agency said in remarks published on Thursday.

China's leaders have an ambitious plan to boost the urban population by 400 million over the next decade, a key plank in a reform effort to restructure the economy away from credit and export growth to one where consumers provide the main impetus.

Zhang Xiaoqiang, vice head of the National Development and Reform Commission, also said China's urbanization level, at about 52 percent of the population, still has a long way to catch up with that of developed economies and even some Asian countries.

"Our urbanization should embody the concepts of green, intensive, intelligent and low-carbon and it does not mean simply building things or enclosing land," he said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in the northeastern port city of Dalian that was posted on the NDRC's website.

His remarks echo those of Premier Li Keqiang, who told a recent meeting of experts on the subject that urbanization should focus on quality of life and the environment and should be driven by job creation.

The NDRC has said it will unveil an urbanization plan in the second half of this year.

Zhang added that China has the necessary means to maintain a relatively high growth rate in the future, considering the domestic demand potential to be released from urbanization.

He also reiterated that Beijing would speed up efforts to deepen reforms in energy prices, the financial sector and fiscal and tax systems to better allocate resources and narrow the wealth gap in the country.
Only about 30-40 years late, but they finally realized how horrible that most of their urban planning is. Could this mean more pedestrian friendly developments and less freeways? Only time will tell.
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Only about 30-40 years late, but they finally realized how horrible that most of their urban planning is. Could this mean more pedestrian friendly developments and less freeways? Only time will tell.
It will mean [re]consolidation in many areas...Hopefully, they'll figure out a way to push development - and appreciate land/rents - while simultaneously not pricing out the vast majority of middle-income residents.
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iapm is a great addition to huaihai road! cant wait til i visit it this winter. Is it developed by SHK?

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iapm is a great addition to huaihai road! cant wait til i visit it this winter. Is it developed by SHK?
Yes, it is developed by SHKP as part of their ICC development (these parallel names are starting to confuse me).

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1 October 2013
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Huge boom in shopping centers predicted across the nation

The booming shopping mall construction across the world's second-largest economy will take the total amount of malls in China to more than 10,000 by 2025.

It comes from a belief that shopping centers will exceed office and residential projects to become the cash cow for developers.

The glitzy and trendy Huaihai Road in Shanghai has provided a snapshot of the ongoing retail construction frenzy. As one of the busiest streets in China's financial hub, Huaihai Road's profile and retail space rental have both increased after revamping and reopening of shopping malls owned by the Hong Kong developers of New World China Land Ltd, Sun Hung Kai Properties and Wharf (Holdings) Ltd, said analysts.

Nationwide, there are about 3,100 shopping malls scattered across the country. This figure is estimated to exceed more than 10,000 by 2025, Guo Zengli, director of Mall China, which is affiliated to the China Commercial Real Estate Commission, was quoted as saying by Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News.

"In spite of the changing economic environment, the wealth of the nation's middle class keeps growing steadily, but their demand to buy things is far from being sufficiently met," said Joe Zhou, head of research for Jones Lang LaSalle East China.

A recent HSBC forecast shows that 93 million Chinese households will join the middle class - the main driving force behind national purchasing power - by 2015. According to Forbes' Chinese Mass Affluent Group Report 2013, the country's middle class is defined as a group of people having financial assets worth between $100,000 and $1 million.

"Over the past four years, the total financial assets of the Chinese middle class remained at 1.33 million yuan per capita," said Shi Guowei, research director of Forbes China and joint writer of the report.

The fast-growing middle class and their burgeoning buying power are making the idea of opening shopping centers on the Chinese mainland increasingly attractive. The China Chain Store and Franchise Association expects the number of mainland malls to jump 40 per cent to more than 4,000 by 2015.

The construction of shopping malls will exceed office buildings and residential properties as the most profitable type of property investment on the mainland over the next two to five years, reported the South China Morning Post, citing research by ARA Asset Management, a property investment firm partly owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing.

Ng Beng Tiong, the chief executive of ARA Private Funds, said district shopping centers with a gross floor area of 1 million square feet (92,900 square meters) or bigger and a high number of visitors will offer the biggest upside with limited risks for private funds in the coming years on the mainland.

Ng, a former investment banker, is targeting an internal rate of return of 20 percent from the building and operating of shopping centers on the mainland. The projects will be funded by a newly raised $441 million formed by Asia Dragon Fund II.

In contrast with residential developments that are easily affected by government policy, shopping centers will experience a robust growth in China because domestic buying power is still being viewed as a main driver of the country's economic growth, said Zhou.

A report jointly compiled by Knight Frank and Holdways shows that in 2012 the total value of retail sales and per capita consumption expenditure of urban households rose 14.3 percent and 10 percent on an annual basis, respectively.

Analysts said retail projects will outshine other commercial properties in the long term. In Shanghai, the average gross yield of prime retail projects is above 6 percent, while prime offices are between 5 and 6 percent. Residential property has remained between 3 and 4 percent, said Regina Yang, head of research and consultancy with Knight Frank, Shanghai.

Although shopping malls may bring higher returns on investment for developers than residential or office projects, the fierce competition in the market means development experience and the expertise to manage these projects will be highly demanding, said analysts.

Also, the mall-construction race may lead to a short-term glut and high vacancy if their locations are not well chosen or the tenants are not attractive enough to pull in customers.

The total shopping mall space in China's seven major cities will more than double in five years to 87 million square meters, while the supply in Beijing and Shanghai each will exceed 14 million sq m, according to research by Shenzhen World Union Properties Consultancy Co Ltd, a listed real estate consulting services company.

A loose planning regime with good availability of sites available for shopping centers, are key reasons for the high volumes of ongoing development, according to James Hawkey, managing director of retail services at Cushman & Wakefield Asia-Pacific.

Hawkey suggested potential oversupply exists in eight out of 10 major cities on the Chinese mainland, a result of rapid development.

Per capita shopping center space in the United States is more than 2 square meters. In major European Union countries where high streets play a bigger role in retail, per capita space is often between 0.5 sq m and 0.7 sq m. In major cities in China, per capita shopping center space is fast approaching EU levels, according to Hawkey.

"But it is happening too fast," said Hawkey, adding that a large proportion of the new supply is being built by inexperienced developers. As a result there may be significant problems in terms of location, design and management.

Returns for successful shopping centers can be very high, added Hawkey. However, less successful centers have poor returns and, as the shopping center market in many cities is now intensely competitive, some will fail.

In the next few years, a lot of retail supply is scheduled to come into the market, according to James Macdonald, head of Savills Research China.

Beijing and Shanghai may see their retail stock increase by 14 percent and 30 percent from the end of 2012 to the end of 2014, while Chengdu in Sichuan province, Shenyang in Liaoning province and Chongqing are expected to expand their retail stockpiles by 88 percent, 50 percent and 53 percent respectively during the same period, said Macdonald.

Inexperienced retail developers are a worse problem than oversupply, said Annie Lei, national director of retail services at Cushman & Wakefield China. Lack of experience leads to a vicious circle, with poor planning and positioning, leading to problems with design and brand mixture and, ultimately, problems with long-term operations," she added.

Chen Zhongwei, head of research at CBRE China, said his company was aware of such a tendency and suggested property developers should be cautious in investing in shopping malls.

A successful shopping mall needs a professional team with capabilities of operation, management, proper position and tenant recruiting, said Chen.

Chen advised domestic developers to stay focused on their core business.

"In spite of consistent policy curbs toward the residential market, homebuyers' demand remains firm and we do not see the home market collapsing within the next five years," he said.

More than 90 percent of listed developers have their profits generated from the residential sector, suggesting a great contribution from house building, added Chen.

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Shanghai subway service extends to Jiangsu Province next week
Shanghai Daily
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Shanghai residents can take Metro Line 11 to Kunshan City in neighboring Jiangsu Province beginning next Wednesday, the Kunshan Transportation Management Office said.

However, Shanghai Shentong Group, the Metro operator, said they are waiting for government approval to announce the opening date of the extension even though the Huaqiao section of the line has passed an appraisal by experts.

Line 11 currently ends at Anting Station. The six-kilometer extension will feature three elevated stations — Zhaofeng Road Station, Guangming Road Station and Huaqiao Station in Kunshan.

Kunshan transport officials said they will add new bus routes starting from Huaqiao Station so that Shanghai visitors will be able to conveniently access the city's scenic spots.

Line 11 is the longest subway line in Shanghai at 65 kilometers. It connects Jiading District to the Pudong New Area.
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Hong Kong in the heart of Shanghai offers city a new retail beat
1 November 2013
South China Morning Post

A woman walks past the towering ICC complex then attends a class at Pure Yoga. After the workout, she grabs something to eat at city'super before heading to browse at Lane Crawford in Times Square. You might assume from the names that this is taking place in Hong Kong. But it is in fact Shanghai.

Already a rival to Hong Kong for clout as a global finance centre, Shanghai is stepping up its offerings as a shopping capital, too. Carbon copies of Hong Kong shopping landmarks have popped up in the city, replicating Hong Kong's retail scene from the names right down to the design of the buildings.

Gleaming new mall iAPM, which houses well-known Hong Kong brand city'super and has a Pure Yoga studio, opened in August. The Sun Hung Kai Properties development is anchored by a two-storey Prada store and sister brand Miu Miu, and more than a dozen other luxury brands. The soaring ceilings and curves of shop windows mimic its sister project in Kwun Tong.

"I live next door to iAPM and it's literally like having Hong Kong right there," says Jacqueline Kwok, a Hongkonger who has been working in Shanghai for the past three years.

Shanghai native Cai Renbin says the malls are an exciting development, which cements Shanghai's status as a world-class city. "I really like those modern buildings. As a local Shanghainese, I'm actually quite proud of seeing the construction because it can prove Shanghai is an international city," he says. "Shanghai will be more like Hong Kong in the future."

The cloning of Hong Kong shopping malls in the commercial capital of the mainland goes back to 1999 when Wharf (Holdings) opened a replica of its Causeway Bay Times Square mall on Huaihai Lu. That was followed three years ago by SHKP's IFC centre in Pudong.

This year in particular, Shanghai experienced a spurt of development by Hong Kong retailers and mall developers.

Last week, Lane Crawford celebrated the opening of its flagship Shanghai store, the luxury department store's largest to date. Besides iAPM, the K11 mall opened in May, and like its counterpart in Tsim Sha Tsui, it appeals to consumers' tastes for shopping and art.

There's also the new Jing An Kerry Centre. Although there's no direct parallel for that in Hong Kong, it oozes the style and sophistication of a Hong Kong mall and boasts many of the city's most prominent brands, like Pye by socialite Dee Poon and b+ab from fashion mogul Shum Kar-wai. The only thing retailers and mall developers haven't been able to replicate is a tax-free shopping environment.

It's early days yet at these malls. Several of the tenants within the complexes are not yet launched. However, three months after iAPM opened its doors, the only real bustle of activity on a Friday night is a queue outside Jesse's, a restaurant known for serving authentic Shanghainese food.

The stores at the Kerry Centre on a Saturday afternoon are eerily quiet - the mall's hi-tech motion sensor escalators stay still and shop staff idle around.

"My friends and I, we don't really go there," says Summer Zhang Shoufeng, who works as an account manager for a hotel supplier. "If we want to buy something, we still prefer to go to Hong Kong or abroad because it's cheaper there."

Originally from Shandong, Zhang has been living in Shanghai for eight years. Well-travelled and well-heeled, she's been to Hong Kong, Japan and all over Southeast Asia and Europe, spending most of her money on shopping when she travels.

If she sees a certain style of luxury-brand product she wants now, she can just ask one of her friends to bring it back from abroad, she says. Chances are one of them will be travelling overseas and she won't have to wait too long. "If I really want it, they will buy it for me and I can just give them money," Zhang says. "I go [to those malls] for dinner, to watch a movie, that's it. Not for shopping."

Even Cai, as proud as he is that his hometown now boasts these topnotch malls, says he doubts local Shanghainese will buy luxury goods there because of the price difference.

Andrea Fenn, managing director at Fireworks, a luxury brand consultancy on the mainland, said: "Consumers are extremely shrewd. Even if it's a Ferrari, they don't want to pay 100 kuai than what they know it's worth. If they know they can buy it somewhere else for cheaper, they will. A lot of Chinese luxury consumption is based outside China. They send someone to Paris or Hong Kong because they know it's cheaper."

To get an idea of the mark-up, a men's shirt costs 1,180 yuan (HK$1,490) in the Kerry Centre Pye store, compared with just HK$1,080 at the brand's outlet in Pacific Place. This premium is common among foreign brands and, after taking the strong yuan into account, mainland consumers are often paying upwards of 20 per cent more than customers elsewhere.

That may alienate Shanghai residents, but property developers are counting on shoppers from second- or third-tier cities, for whom paying 20 per cent extra is a more agreeable option than the costs and hassles of a flight and permit to visit Hong Kong.

"We expect these malls will attract people from the inland. They don't have a chance to go to Hong Kong because it's not easy for them to apply for a permit. It's easier for them to go to Beijing and Shanghai and it gives them a new kind of shopping experience," says Wesley Wu, a luxury and retail analyst with Ipsos.

"SHKP is building complexes with the same names and designs to give it the prestige that Hong Kong already has. It's just like Shui On is doing that with Xintiandi around China," says one mainland property developer, referring to the Hong Kong company's retail and entertainment projects modelled on its developments in the upmarket Shanghai precinct.

"It's so hard to get the brand name out to the public. I think it's a great strategy for them. Everybody talks about going to IFC in Central or Times Square in Causeway Bay. It's a symbol."

Glitzy building designs and luxurious labels aside, Shanghai may also be signing itself up for the same problems as Hong Kong. Just as Hongkongers have long complained that Hong Kong malls do not cater to locals, Shanghai malls may no longer be for Shanghai shoppers.
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