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Old November 7th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #2401
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Metro operator gears up for construction of Line 9 extension
Shanghai Daily
November 4, 2013

Construction of the eastern extension of Metro Line 9 will begin soon.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, adding another 17 kilometers of track and 10 stations.

Pudong New Area’s Jinqiao area will be covered by the extension, which will start from Yanggao Road M. Station and end at Caolu Railway Station.

According to an earlier blueprint, the extension will pass through Luoshan Road and Jinqiao Road viaducts, the Outer Ring Road in Pudong and the Pudong canal. The 10 new stations will link with lines 12, 14 and the yet to be approved Line 19.

Line 9 currently connects Pudong to downtown Madang Road, Xujiahui and Yishan Road before veering southwest to Songjiang District.

Meanwhile, new standards have been established for the trial operation of new subway lines.

A new line should have at least a 3-month testing period before opening to the public, according to the new standards. In the first 90 days of operation, the interval between trains should be no more than 15 minutes, and no more than 10 minutes in rush hours on downtown area routes. Trains should also operate at least 12 hours a day during trial operations.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 05:29 PM   #2402
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4th runway ready for take-off in Pudong
Shanghai Daily
November 12, 2013

WORK has finished on the fourth runway at the Pudong International Airport, which will be put into service next year, officials with the Shanghai Airport Authority said yesterday.

The new runway will provide a testing ground for the much-anticipated Chinese-made C919 jumbo jet. It will also be used to conduct test flights of China’s ARJ21 regional jet.

With the new runway, the Pudong airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers a year, said Li Derun, deputy president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

At 3,800 meters long, the fourth runway can cope with the world’s largest commercial plane — the Airbus 380.

Also under construction is a 3,400-meter fifth runway, which will be used for C919 test flights.

Once that is complete, Shanghai will have seven runways — five at Pudong and two at the Hongqiao International Airport.

The cost of the two new runways at the Pudong airport, operated by Shanghai International Airport Co Ltd, will be 9.4 billion yuan (US$1.54 billion).

“The Pudong airport will be important to Shanghai’s free trade zone, while the establishment of the zone also provides an opportunity for the airport to upgrade its facilities,” Li said.

In addition to the new runways, a new satellite terminal will be built at the Pudong airport by 2015, the city’s top planning body said yesterday.

Aircraft will be able to park around the entire circumference of the new S1 Terminal, said the Civil Aviation Development Outline 2011-2015, issued by the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission.

Renovations of Terminal 1 at the Pudong airport will also begin soon, including an expansion and upgrade to the luggage system, Li said.

The work, expected to be complete by the end of next year, will benefit Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines, which will become the largest occupant of the terminal, said the airport operator.

Capacity of the terminal, which opened in 1999, will grow from 20 million to 36.8 million passengers a year, following the 1.2 billion yuan renovation.

The revamped terminal will be expanded by one story to seven floors, and new areas added to make transfers faster and easier, said authorities.

Shanghai plans for its two airports to handle 100 million passengers and 5.5 million tons of cargo a year by 2015.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #2403
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Metro Line 16 on track for opening next month
November 16, 2013
Shanghai Daily

FINAL tests are taking place on the new Metro Line 16, which runs to Lingang New City in the Pudong New Area and is set to go into service next month.

The Metro operator said yesterday that it had finished primary debugging on the 12 trains that will run on the route.

Trains will have three carriages initially, and in the future the number may increase to six, depending on passenger volumes on the new line.

The 58-kilometer route connects Lingang New City to Luoshan Road, where Line 11 terminates, and Longyang Road on Line 2.

An 11-stop section from Luoshan Road Station to Dishui Lake Station will open first, with Longyang Road and Huaxia Road M. stations coming into use later.

Seats on Line 16 trains will be arranged differently to those on other Metro lines.

Instead of a row of seats along each side of a carriage, Line 16 train seats will be arranged like those in trains, to make the comparatively long ride more comfortable.

The line will have three running modes: stop at large stations; stop at every station; and non-stop.

The operator said this takes into account that some communities are not fully developed, while others are relatively mature.

Lingang New City is about 75 kilometers from downtown Shanghai.
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Glass office SOHO China

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Location: Shanghai, China
Architects: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jerry Yin


An entirely glass and mirrored interior exposes the infrastructure of SOHO’s new office building in Shanghai. The glass creates a multitude of reflections of the sales models and meeting rooms, while leaving the original height and structure visible, thus creating a ‘double reality’ that merges with the stunning views of downtown Shanghai.

Membrane ceilings create extra attention for the models. Light and surfaces reflect throughout the space, even further diffused by half see through mirrors. Some of the floors are islands of stone or carpet, to create static moments to offset this sea of reflectivity.

As SOHO rents out the offices in this building in bare shell state, the main design idea is to show the customers what they are actually getting, and simultaneously adding a layer of luxury.

The full glass approach allows us to create a complexity that emerges from a simple choice, which makes this project bold, with the layering effect and spatially exciting.

This project by AIM Architecture is part of Fuxing Plaza, a large mixed-use complex (140.000m2) that hopefully will boost more energy and surprises for the city.



























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Huaxin Business Center

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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Guilin Road, Tianlin, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
Design Team: Zhu Xiaofeng (Design Principal), Ding Penghua (Project Designer), Cai Mian, Yang Hong, Li Haoran, Du Shigang
Area: 730 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang


I expect that this building could enlighten us to think the relevance among human, nature and society. Huaxin office complex locates to the west of Guilin road, with a green land at the south of its entry. This green land owns 6 old camphor trees and opens to the urban main road — these two facts become the starting point of the design, and hence to lead to two basic strategies of the business center: One is to elevate the main body of building up to second floor in order to maximize the open green space on the ground; Second is to establish an intimate and interactive relationship with 6 trees while protecting them in the site.

The completed building is composed by four independently suspended structures that are linked by bridges. 10 pieces of combined steel and concrete walls support the upper structures, they are all covered by reflective stainless steel panels, which contain all the vertical ducts and reflect the surrounding green environment. These walls are thus cleared up and help the suspension effect of the upper volumes. A ground floor atrium is enclosed by transparent glasses in-between three structures. It introduces sceneries and natural light by all-around transparency and skylight, and makes the spatial interaction between inside and outside.

Approaching second floor through the stair in the atrium, a new spatial order will be unfolded along the path. Four suspended volumes that were realized by steel trusses stretch themselves horizontally with “Y” or “L” shapes among the old trees. The twisted and tensioned aluminum strips assembled the translucent walls of these volumes, which present the truss structure in an indistinct way and become containers and boundaries of a series of interior and exterior spaces. When wandering across these translucent walls, the visitor will alternatively encounter rooms, courtyards, bridges and different sceneries guided by them. The branches and leafs of the trees traverse the building freely and become touchable friends.

Here the structure, its adherent material, and the branches and leafs of trees interweave together to present atmosphere of each space. It is under the organization of time(or path) that these spaces(room and courtyard) realize an environmental experience where time and space interact. It is a work collaborated by both architecture and nature.

We might never expect kind feedbacks from nature unless we treat nature in a kind and positive way. The architecture of 21st century shall not only respond to human’s needs, but also act as a positive media between human and environment. The essential goal of future architecture is to establish balanced and dynamic relevance among human, nature and society.






















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Old December 16th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #2406
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Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions

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Location: Shanghai, China
Area: 240 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects


The contribution of schmidt hammer lassen architects consists of an art installation pavilion, The Cloud, and a composition of pavilions containing support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop. The pavilions are placed adjacent to one of two industrial cranes on the Xuhui West Bank Riverside. The tall crane stands as an icon that people all over the world can recognize and relate to and symbolizes balance, performance and gravity. The aim of the art installation pavilion, The Cloud, is to amplify and contrast these qualities.

“The Cloud pavilion is the quintessence of lightness, immateriality and fuzziness,” explained Kristian Lars Ahlmark, partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “By hanging hundreds of white ropes from the pavilion’s ceiling, an effect is created where The Cloud is always changing. Visitors moving or a light breeze creates a subtle movement of the ropes, underlining the organic nature of the installation and the immateriality of the space. In Chinese culture, a cloud is an important symbol and a sign of good fortune.” By following the path along the riverside, visitors are led to The Cloud and can walk through it as part of their stroll through the biennial area.

A clear visual connection to the history and the industrial nature of the site is created by the support facility pavilions. These are clad in Corten steel. Their colour and texture underline the pavilions’ relation to the industrial heritage. The shape and orientation of the pavilions were determined by the views towards the nearby bridge, the crane and the river. While The Cloud is intended for experience, interaction and activity, the support facility pavilions are for contemplation, rest and relaxation.

“We have collaborated with the client, Xuhui Development Corporation, on a number of projects in and around the West Bank site in Shanghai and these projects are all still in design development. The biennial pavilions, however, were conceived, designed and built in only three months, which is a massive achievement and a sign of good collaboration between the client, Tongji University and schmidt hammer lassen architects,” stated Chris Hardie, associate partner and head of schmidt hammer lassen architects’ Shanghai office.

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art is promoting Shanghai as a centre for architecture and fine art. Yung Ho Chang (Zhang Yonghe), former head of the Department of Architecture at MIT and one of China’s most respected architects, is the overall curator for the biennial, which will run from 19 October to 19 December 2013.

schmidt hammer lassen architects has just relocated to larger office facilities in Shanghai and has experienced an increasing success in Asia. Current projects include Green Valley, a sustainable regeneration project on the former Shanghai World Expo site, a headquarters for the Ningbo Daily Media Group and a redevelopment of a former coal storage building, which will become a new art gallery and museum for an international art dealer.






















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Developer pulls down part of M50 graffiti wall
Shanghai Daily
December 13, 2013


Part of a graffiti wall on Moganshan Road is torn down yesterday. — Dong Jun

A graffiti wall that was a giant canvas for the city’s artists was partially torn down yesterday.

Pictures of the demolished wall at the M50 creative hub on Moganshan Road immediately surfaced online, fueling concern among artists and netizens alike with some suggesting that it would be all gone in a week’s time.

“I’m sad that it’s finally gone because we all had a great time there and it became a unique site of the city,” said T.G.R, a local graffiti artist.

“I’m not totally surprised. We all knew it would be gone one day, so every extra day was a gift. When it was said the wall would be gone by end of 2011, we already started working on other walls in the city.”

But the owner of the wall, a local real estate developer, told Shanghai Daily they would not demolish the entire stretch of the wall — at least for now.

“We are doing some piping works at the empty land now, that’s why we took down a small portion of the wall, which was originally built to prevent intruders,” the company spokesperson said.

“Whether we will keep the wall or demolish it depends on the development plan, which we don’t have as yet.”

Workers on the site confirmed they were only told to take down part of the wall to build an entrance into the undeveloped land where construction will begin next year. No other instruction about the wall was given to them.

The long stretch of road has been the epicenter of street art for the last five to six years. There have been many reports before when property developers said it would be torn down, but artists, both locals and foreigners, pleaded that it should remain a wall of art.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:33 PM   #2409
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Mall boss makes space for big ideas
11 January 2014
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Innovation is key for SHKP’s Maureen Fung, who has taken the firm’s midnight mall concept to Shanghai, where it is building up its portfolio

As general manager of Sun Hung Kai Properties’ leasing department, Maureen Fung Sai-ying has seen the development of a string of new shopping malls over the past decade, each one bigger than the last.

She was one of the key people behind Hong Kong’s first midnight mall, the 630,000 square foot APM mall in Kwun Tong in 2005. Then, four years later, she took up the challenge of pre-leasing the 1.1 million sq ft, high-end Shanghai IFC mall project in Lujiazui, Pudong.

When that was opened in 2011, she began pre-leasing another luxury complex, the 1.3 million sq ft iAPM, on Shanghai’s busiest shopping strip at 999 Huai Hai Zhong Road. Today, iAPM is fully let, with 10 per cent of its 238 tenants, including Gucci Café, making their mainland debuts.

Fung, founding chairwoman of the Institute of Shopping Centre Management, has more than two decades’ experience in retail leasing. She entered the property industry as a management trainee at a private developer and then moved to K Wah Properties before getting involved in the leasing of residential, commercial and industrial property during a two-year stint at Cheung Kong. She joined SHKP – Hong Kong’s biggest private mall owner, with a retail portfolio of 10 million square feet – as a senior leasing manager in 1991. SHKP also owns 5.2 million sq ft of retail properties on the mainland, largely from the Shanghai IFC mall and iAPM, with a further 6.6 million sq ft under construction.

In September, SHKP bought an office-retail-hotel plot in Shanghai’s Xujiahui district, which will yield 7.6 million sq ft of gross floor space, for a record 21.77 billion yuan (HK$27.8 billion).

However, the mainland luxury sales market hit a snag when Beijing launched an anti-graft campaign. Sales of luxury goods on the mainland were up just 2 per cent year on year last year, to 116 billion yuan, according to global consultancy Bain & Co. It said the central government’s efforts to curb the wastage of public money and weed out corruption had had a large impact on “gifting luxury”, with watches and menswear having taken the biggest hit.

What is your view on the market outlook for luxury sales on the mainland? How will top-end retailers overcome the challenges?

We remain upbeat about the Shanghai luxury retail market as the growth in personal consumption is exceeding the “gifting market”. Chinese consumers remain the world’s largest shoppers for luxury goods, with more than 300 billion yuan in spending made outside China last year. It will be an enormous market if they decide to spend at home. An increasing number of global brands have come up with different strategies to lure them to spend more domestically, such as offering limited editions of goods exclusively for the mainland market and offering personalisation services to their VIPs. Some global brands will assign image designers to help them shop for their new collection.

Recently, the Italian brand Valentino for the first time outside Europe offered 22 pieces, each priced from 450,000 yuan to more than two million yuan, of its haute couture collection – referring to the creation of exclusive, custom-fitted clothing – for sale when its 7,500 sq ft flagship store opened at iAPM in November. They sold like hot cakes.

How do the growing number of global brands under your leasing portfolio view the mainland retail market?

The mainland luxury market is definitely their top priority. We’ve had nine global brands open their flagship stores in the duplex format at our newly launched iAPM in Shanghai. For instance, Italian luxury brand Prada’s management team has flown to Shanghai six times to visit the site, monitoring the progress of the decoration of its 1,250 square metre, two-level store.

What is the size of your leasing portfolio?

My leasing portfolio comprises 35 shopping centres covering five million square feet in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Mainland China accounts for 40 per cent of the leasing portfolio, with the rest in Hong Kong. They include APM, the Tai Po Mega Mall, the Sun Arcade in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Shanghai IFC mall and iAPM.

How is the sales performance?

In Hong Kong, sales of the five major shopping centres under my portfolio – APM, the Sun Arcade in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tai Po Mega Mall, Yuen Long Plaza and the New Jade Shopping Arcade in Chai Wan – totalled HK$8.5 billion last year, up as much as 15 per cent from 2012. Sales of the five major malls equalled 2 per cent of the city’s retail sales. For the first 11 months of last year, Hong Kong retail sales amounted to HK$444.7 billion.

We’ve set a four billion yuan sales target for iAPM, which had a soft opening in August, in its first year of operation. The Shanghai IFC mall also aimed to achieve four billon yuan of sales last year.

How does SHKP differentiate its shopping malls and outperform rivals in a highly competitive retail industry on the mainland?

To be an industry leader, we have to do more than just discuss the rent with our tenants inside the office. Besides providing first-class hardware for our tenants, we also need to access their business model and brand strategy while conducting tenant selection. We have visited a sheep farm of an apparel brand in Australia and watch makers in Switzerland. The field trips help us to learn more about their business to see if they have potential for further growth for the next five to 10 years.

What made Sun Hung Kai Properties come up with its late-night shopping concept at iAPM – the first midnight mall in Shanghai?

The location of iAPM is on the corner of Xiangyang Road and Huai Hai Zhong Road, the most upmarket commercial street in Shanghai. It is atop the South Shaanxi Road Metro station on Metro lines No 1 and No 10, which makes it easily accessible from across Shanghai. A third Metro line, No 12, will open this year and will greatly enhance the number of visitors to our mall. Previously, only hot-pot restaurants in Shanghai opened around the clock.

Now, iAPM will change the shopping habits of local residents and the expatriate working population. Our shops will stay open to 11pm, with restaurants extending to midnight, with some even staying open until 2am.
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Observatory to open after facelift
Shanghai Daily
January 17, 2014


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The 114-year-old Sheshan Observatory will reopen to the public on the Spring Festival on January 31 after a six-month renovation — the first in a century in an effort to restore it to its original glory.

The major renovation mainly repaired the facade and roof of the observatory that had cracked, said Cao Yongkang, a historic building protection expert with Jiao Tong University who lead the renovation. Some of its former designs were also put in place such as the wooden shutter of the building and stone roads in front of it.
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Combined rail and road bridge to island
By Bob Yang | January 30, 2014, Thursday

A SECOND Donghai Bridge is to be built across to Large Yangshan Island, the city’s urban planning authority said yesterday.

This combined road and rail bridge over the East China Sea will help meet growing transport demands for the Yangshan Deep-Water Port, said officials.

The new bridge will be in addition to the existing 30-kilometer Donghai Bridge, under the Plan for Shanghai’s Key Road Network released yesterday.

While the existing bridge is for road traffic only, the new structure’s railway link will increase the capacity for container transport from Yangshan, the plan says.

The second Donghai Bridge will be linked to the S2 and G1501 highways.

The project is still at the planning stage and officials did not give a start date or cost.

Built in 2005, the existing Donghai Bridge was designed to serve the Yangshan port on Small Yangshan Island. But expansion of the port to Large Yangshan Island has increased demands.

While the current bridge can handle 7 million containers a year, this figure falls way short of the 30 million container annual capacity of the Yangshan Deep-Water Port.
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Trees to be planted to strengthen flood control dams, create riverside parks
By Yang Jian | January 28, 2014, Tuesday

SHANGHAI plans to plant trees on flood control dams along local rivers to improve the city’s environment and stabilize the dams, the city’s water authority said yesterday.

The city government will at first plant trees on the dams in suburb Qingpu this year as part of a test, said Gu Jinshan, director of the Shanghai Water Authority, at a news conference.

“The trees can greatly enhance the anti-flood ability of the dams while increasing the forested rate of the city,” Gu said.

Many of local dams have had cracks appear and were damaged during the city’s heaviest rain in half a century last October. One major reason is many local farmers reclaimed the earth of the dams to plant vegetables, weakening the dams’ foundations, he said.

The water authority will begin making farmlands on the dams into forests and set restricted areas within 15 meters of the dams that cannot be farmed.

“The trees will also make local anti-flood dams into riverside parks for local residents,” he added.

During the test operation, some 5 square meters of forested area along 428 kilometers of dams will be planted along the rivers in Qingpu within three years, when the plan is scheduled to be spread to other areas of the city.

The plan is expected to increase the forest coverage rate of the district to 15 percent by 2016 from currently less than 10 percent, according to the authority.

The Huangpu River rose above the alert level in October after the heaviest rain in more than 50 years battered the city, triggered by typhoons Fitow and Danas. A 15-meter section of a floodwall along the river in Songjiang District collapsed during the rainstorm.

Many downtown roads, including major roads in Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area, were flooded. Cars spluttered to a halt while residents could be seen walking barefoot through water that was up to 20 centimeters deep.

This year, the authority will renovate some 18 sections of local roads that are likely to flood during heavy rainstorms, Gu said. The renovation will be finished by the beginning of the flood season around September.

Drainage systems across the city will also be dredged to ensure accumulated water can be drained in time, he added.

The authority will also train 42 anti-flood and drainage special teams this year. Rescuers and engineers with the team can tackle accumulations of water and ensure the normal operation of telecommunications and the power supply.

Meanwhile, the authority has picked the 10 most beautiful scenic spots with local floodwalls, as nominated by the public. They include the dams of the North Bund area in Hongkou District and the riverside area in Xujiahui in Xuhui District. The dams have become public parks for local residents, the authority said.


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2 tram routes planned for Songjiang residents
Shanghai Daily
March 14, 2014

TWO new tram routes are scheduled to start operating from January 2017 in Songjiang District, the district head said yesterday.

Construction work on the T1 and part of T2 lines will start in October. The tracks will cover a distance of 28.5 kilometers and will connect to Metro Line 9, Yu Taiwei, the district director, said in an online interview.

“The district has planned a total of six tram routes by 2020, featuring a total of 90 kilometers of track, 118 stations and eight junctions,” Yu said.

The electric-powered trams will have four carriages with a capacity of 368 people. They look like a combination of bus and train and will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

They also use less energy than other modes of transport. The wheels will feature rubber shock absorbers to make them quieter than subway trains. Shanghai’s only tram service is in Pudong’s Zhangjiang High-Tech Park.

The district will also have China’s first underground five-star hotel. The hotel, which will open in 2016, will be located in a 100-meter-deep pit near Sheshan Hill, Yu said. It will have two floors above sea-level while the remaining 16 floors will be under water.
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Building starts this year on Metro Line 10 extension
Shanghai Daily
March 17, 2014



CONSTRUCTION will start within the year on the second phase of Metro Line 10, officials said.

The 10.08-kilometer section starts from the New Jiangwan Town Station, the current northeastern end of Line 10’s first phase. A tunnel will take it under the Huangpu River before it reaches Jilong Road Station in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in the Pudong New Area.

The new section will include the following stations: Guofan Road, Shuangjiang Road, West Gaoqiao, Gaoqiao, Gangcheng Road and Jilong Road. Commuters can transfer to Line 6 at Gangcheng Road.

The construction is expected to take three and a half years, and trains with six carriages are expected to run on the section.
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So what lines will break ground this year? Line 10 extension, 14, and 17?
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Laying down the law in former court
Shanghai Daily
March 22, 2014



Dating from the 1910s, the old court and police office in the former French Concession is set to become the new headquarters of Huangpu District prosecutors office later this year. The two century-old buildings at 20 and 22 Jianguo Road will be home to the office from October. Parts of the renovated buildings are set to open to the public for educational purposes on at least two days in a year, said officials. — Wang Rongjiang
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City planting trees near tap water source
Shanghai Daily
March 23, 2014

THE Shanghai Water Authority yesterday began planting sequoia trees in and around the Qingcaosha Reservoir in an effort to curb eutrophication.

The reservoir, which is at the mouth of the Yangtze River delta, is a major source of tap water in Shanghai.

About 700 trees will be planted in three years to stem eutrophication which leads to excessive plant growth and decay, said Shen Yichen, general manager of the Chengtou Raw Water Co, the reservoir’s operator.

“The eutrophication cannot be done away with completely but can be controlled with tree planting and other measures,” Shen told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

A total of 400,000 square meters of trees will be planted on the south bank of the reservoir by 2015, while another 2.4 square kilometers of trees will be planted on the middle island called Qingcaosha, he said.

The trees are expected to reduce the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus materials in the water as well as avoid the growth of algae that threatens water quality, Shen said.

The trees, which can be several meters tall, can also help in preventing pollutants from settling in the reservoir, he added.

The Water Authority is also restoring wetland in and around the reservoir besides introducing algae-eating fish.

Signs of eutrophication were first spotted at the country’s largest reservoir last year, which has been the cleanest source of tap water for more than the 13 million residents. There are also threats of salt tides.

“We face constant pressure mainly triggered by pollution upstream,” said Shen.

The compounds and pollutants at the mouth of Yangtze River mainly come from upstream factories. In addition, the reservoir faces threat from oil spills and ship collisions.
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amazing what I see in Shanghai, I hope Shanghai is also becoming a good place to live for its people.
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