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Old December 28th, 2016, 05:24 PM   #2701
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High-speed Kunming rail link opens
Shanghai Daily Excerpt
December 27, 2016

THE first high-speed train services from Shanghai to Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, will begin next Thursday, the Shanghai Railway Bureau said yesterday.

The recently-completed Shanghai-Kunming high speed line will cut the travel time between the two cities by two thirds to only 10 hours and 36 minutes — a big relief to many local travelers going to the popular travel resort city famous for its beautiful scenery.

Kunming is also known as the Spring City due to its nice weather.

The journey on regular trains previously took 35 hours and 34 minutes.

The first three high-speed train services from Shanghai are scheduled to depart next Thursday and Friday from Hongqiao Railway Station.

Ticket sales were launched last night, priced at 879 yuan (US$126) for second class seats and 1,475 yuan for first class seats.

Running through six provinces — Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan — the 2,252-kilometer railway is the longest east-west high-speed railroad and covers more provinces than any other service.
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Ambitious blueprint for Chongming Island released
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December 31, 2016



CHONGMING Island will be developed into a “world-class ecological island” by 2020, the Shanghai government announced yesterday.

To achieve the target, forest coverage of the island will rise to 30 percent, while natural wetlands will account for 43 percent of the island’s territory.

A Metro line to connect the island with other city districts will be built, while studies will be done on building an expressway in the west of the island to connect Chongming with the city, according to the city government’s master plan for the island released yesterday.

Chongming, which lies near the mouth of the Yangtze, is China’s third largest island after Taiwan and Hainan, and accounts for 20 percent of the city’s total territory. The city government yesterday described the island as the “ecological barrier” to the city as well as the Yangtze River Delta Region.

By 2020, 95 percent of ground water on the island will reach the good quality standard, while 95 percent of the sewage in the island’s towns will be collected and well-treated. All agricultural sewage will be processed before being discharged into rivers.

The population on the island will be kept to about 700,000 by 2020, and the average income will be doubled from that of 2010, the plan stated. Action will be taken to attract professionals from both home and abroad to live and work on the island.

Changxing Island, which is under Chongming’s jurisdiction, will become a key manufacturing base for high-end environmentally friendly industries.

This island is also expected to facilitate Shanghai’s ambition to become an innovation center in science and technology with global influence.
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Trial run soon for Yan’an Road bus lanes
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December 31, 2016



A bus station under the Yan’an Elevated Road in the nearly finished “medium-capacity bus-only lanes” yesterday. The two red 17.5-kilometer bus lanes will start a trial run in February. — IC

THE city’s “medium-capacity traffic project” — two 17.5-kilometer bus-only lanes under the Yan’an Elevated Road — is set to go on a trial run after the Spring Festival.

Shanghai Transportation Commission made the announcement yesterday.

The lanes, in the middle of the road, have been painted red and drivers are not allowed to turn left or right.

But this has confused some drivers, causing congestion in the past few days.

A police officer on duty by where the elevated road runs by People’s Square said that drivers who were trying to turn off the bus lane were receiving warnings, but were not being fined.

Chai Jingwen, an official in charge of road administration at Shanghai traffic police, said the bus stations along the route were being furnished, and police were now testing signals for the bus lanes, which operated differently to other lanes.

“The whole bus route is expected to start running in February,” he added. Until then any motor vehicle can use any lanes.

“We will make adjustments later as we will keep assessing the impact of the project to traffic in other lanes,” said Feng Jianli, vice director of Shanghai Transportation Commission.

According to current traffic rules, bus-only lanes can be used by legal school buses and passenger buses capable of carrying more than 20 people. The lanes are open to all vehicles all day long on weekends and national holidays.

Construction of the trunk road in the project, which connects Huangpu, Jing’an, Minhang and Changning districts in Puxi through the heart of Shanghai in the east-west direction, started last June.
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City plans makeover for 2 rare shikumen
January 13, 2017
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THE city government will renovate and preserve two rare shikumen neighborhoods near downtown Nanjing Road and has invited designers to submit proposals for the projects.

The stone-gate buildings in Aimin Lane and 500 Tianjin Road Lane in the city’s most popular commercial zone are among the few small-block style shikumen neighborhoods remaining, the Shanghai Planning, Land and Resources Administration said yesterday.

They have been listed as shikumen neighborhoods that “should be rescued and protected urgently,” the administration said.

The neighborhoods, which are about 1 kilometer from People’s Square and the Bund, are densely occupied by senior citizens and migrant families.

The buildings’ infrastructure and living environment needs to be significantly improved, the administration said.

Many illegal structures have been set up in both neighborhoods, including some that block entrances.

Clothes are hung across public areas and streets to dry, many motorcycles and bicycles are disorderly parked and private vehicles have nowhere to park.

In the 500 Tianjin Road Lane neighborhood, residents complain of smoke from restaurants and shops along the street.

Exercise facilities are clogged with piles of goods and some residents have even planted vegetables in the public garden.

Chinese and foreign designers are being invited to redesign the neighborhoods, including entrances and public areas and come up with innovative ways to fit many vehicles into the limited space.

They will be asked to incorporate public seats, exercise facilities, jogging tracks, garbage storage sheds and “useful and beautiful” drying racks.
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Park that boasts a huge history
February 4, 2017
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THE Guangfulin Relics Park in Songjiang District — where Shanghai’s earliest known residents lived some 4,000 years ago — will open in May, the district government said.

The park built on the Guangfulin archeological site about 4 kilometers from Sheshan Hill will include museums, exhibition halls and farmlands. A water town outside the park will provide traditional Chinese style accommodation.

The east part of the park will initially open in May while the whole site will be open around October, according to the government.

The archeology site was first discovered in 1958 by farmers dredging a new waterway for irrigation. Archeologists began excavating the site in 1961, finding a large volume of pottery vases, spinning wheels, cooking vessels, weapons and tools.

A 24-centimeter-high bronze ritual vessel from the Western Zhou Dynasty (around 11th century-770 BC) was discovered a few years ago.

Chen Jie, an official with Shanghai Museum who has led the digging, said the Guangfulin site has proved the city was a cultural center thousands of years ago rather than a fishing village with a history only stretching back a few hundred years.

The new park will have about 20 museums and memorial halls, including a Museum of Guangfulin Archeological Remains.
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Classic library restored to its former glory
February 4, 2017
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RESTORATION of the former Shanghai Library in Yangpu District has been completed.

Officials said yesterday that expansion work would continue to realize the original vision of its architect Dong Dayou (1899-1973).

The exterior of the 80-year-old library on Heishan Road was damaged by decades of weathering and has now been cleaned and repainted.

The yellow glazed tiles on the roof were restored in Yixing in neighboring Jiangsu Province where they were originally manufactured, an official with the district culture bureau said.

Experts have also renovated the iron gate at the library’s main hall, known as “the peacock gate” due to its elegant patterns.

The paintings on the ceiling of the 156-square-meter hall have also been restored, helped by finding details of the works in a hidden cabinet in the library.

The paintings on many 1-square-meter panels have traditional Chinese double happiness and lucky symbols as well as intricate corner designs, said Ma Lili, the lead restorer.

A further expansion work will extend the 3,900-square- meter library to 15,000 square meters, following the original design charts created by Dong, who studied at the University of Minnesota and Cornell University. Dong was also renowned for his works on an earlier Shanghai city hall in 1931 and many Spanish-style houses on Wukang Road.

Upon its completion, the restored and expanded building in the Jiangwan area will serve as the Yangpu District Library with about 650,000 book and seating for 650 people.

“If the expansion goes smoothly, the new library will open to public by the end of the year,” an official with the culture bureau told Shanghai Daily yesterday.
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I'm very happy to see that, besides having the most spectacular and modern buildings in the world, Shanghai also takes care of its gorgeous historic heritage!
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Busy Metro station gets a makeover
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February 9, 2017


Workers put some final touches to Shanghai’s renovated People’s Square Metro Station as the major transfer station is set to open to passengers on Saturday. — Wang Rongjiang

PEOPLE’S Square Metro Station is about to become more user-friendly.

From Saturday, people will find it more convenient and quicker at the city’s biggest transferring Metro Station as a result of more escalators and signs being installed.

Shendu Highway station on Line 8 and Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park station on Line 2 will also reopen — from today in both cases. (Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park station was originally scheduled to reopen from Saturday.)

Metro Lines 1 and 8 at People’s Square had suspended operations from January 17 because of the renovation project, during which trains on the lines did not stop at the station. Line 2, which shares the station, was not affected by the revamp.

Eight escalators have been added to the station — four to the hall of Line 1 and four to that of Line 8. Some staircases have been removed and some turnstiles changed.

“The adjustments are set up to increase evacuation efficiency of the station,” Huang Yufei, assistant director of the Metro station told Shanghai Daily. “It will also help to avoid conflicting flow of traffic on staircases as the escalators have a clearer guidance on direction.”

An elevator has also been set up in the hall in Metro Line 1 for the first time.

“Line 1 is the oldest line of the city,” Huang said. “Before, disabled passengers or people carrying large luggage would have to contact the station staffers and walk to a different place to use an elevator. With the new elevator installed in the hall, passengers can easily use the elevator themselves.”
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New villages planned to help farmers thrive
Feb. 16, 2017
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THE city wants more villages to help farmers and to boost tourism.

Shanghai is to reconstruct villages covering 750,000 households of local farmers and set up 100 model villages. Infrastructure will be built, the local environment improved and public services provided.

Aside from improving the living environment of local farmers and promoting rural tourism, the project aims to better preserve traditional culture. It is also part of a national campaign to build up “beautiful countryside” in China.

By the end of last year, villages of more than 500,000 households had been reconstructed in Shanghai, with 45 model villages set up.

The measures include improving the ecological environment, particularly with regard to rivers, upgrading sewage treatment systems, reconstructing old roads and bridges, and renovating dangerous housing.

The project received 1.1 billion yuan (US$160 million) from various levels of governmental budgets in 2016.

Rural tourism is a key feature in the construction of “beautiful countryside.”

For example in suburban Jinshan District, some villagers have leased their homes to local management companies to be renovated as bed and breakfast style residences for tourists.
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Facelift for historic airport villa
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February 21, 2017



THE East China air traffic authority will renovate a historic villa it owns near Hongqiao international airport after local housing authority said it was in shabby condition.

The East China Air Traffic Management Bureau under the Civil Aviation Administration of China has invited Mingyue Architectural Designing Institute to renovate the villa on 1 Konggang No.3 Road, the housing management bureau of Changning District said.

The institute has been allocated about 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) for renovation.

The villa, which was originally owned by a British diplomat in the 1920s, was listed as a protected cultural relic unit in 2004.

“The air traffic authority has submitted a renovation plan to the local cultural heritage authority for approval,” an official with the housing bureau said.

The 350-square meter villa near Hongqiao Airport combines Beijing-style architecture with British countryside layout.

The blue brick-structured and tile-roofed house has a traditional courtyard. Two stone lions sit in front of the gate. Several windows were built on the rooftop — a traditional design style known as the “tiger window.”

It later served as an activity center for retired local air traffic bureau officials but was then abandoned for years.

Part of the structure was damaged due to lack of protection, an official with the housing bureau said.
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Museums, galleries in one place
March 10, 2017
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BUILDING will start on Shanghai’s first “museum complex” of dozens of museums and art galleries in Jiading District by the end of the year, officials said yesterday.

The Haishang Cultural Museum Complex, to cover 67,000 square meters, will be finished by about 2020 and become a new cultural landmark in the area on the city’s outskirts, said Yao Qiang, deputy director of the district bureau of culture, radio, film and TV.

The district government has been developing a batch of cultural venues in recent years as most major museums and theaters are downtown region, requiring an inconvenient commute for residents.

The recent developments include the Han Tianheng Art Museum, Shanghai Poly Grand Theater and the Jiading Library.

The museum complex in the south of Jiading Old Town will be close to the Jiading Exit of the S5 Hujia Highway.

Designed by Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira, the complex will have a minimalist style and will include various museums and galleries in three storys, along with cafes, teahouses, a calligraphy training room and a park.

The complex will be divided into more than 30 individual exhibition rooms, ranging from 500-3,000 square meters, with space for workshops and seminars.
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Portuguese architect to build dynamic museum complex in Jiading
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March 10, 2017

Shanghai's Jiading district unveiled the design plans for stunning museum complex in Shanghai, on March 8.

The complex, designed by Portuguese architects Alvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira, will become an important cultural landscape. Using minimalist accents for which Siza is famed, the museum covers an overall area of about 67,000 square meters. Its construction is slated to start at the end of this year and finish by 2020.

The museum complex will be located opposite Han Tianheng Art Museum and Nanshuiguan Park, near the Jiading exit of Shanghai-Jiading Highway.

The design, combining traditional and modern elements, will consist of two museums and a communal public space. While one museum will exhibit traditional works of art by established collectors, both Chinese and foreign, the other museum will display more contemporary work.

The communal space will house cafes, teahouses, calligraphy training rooms, and other entertainment facilities to cater for a wide range of visitor's needs.

The museums will be divided into more than 30 exhibition halls with areas ranging from 500 square meters to 3,000 square meters.

Jiading has struck deals with 25 domestic and international private collectors who will display their collections in the complex. The collections cover traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, oil painting, and sculpture.
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Chongming’s Metro link coming soon
March 10, 2017
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CONSTRUCTION will begin on the Metro line linking Chongming Island with the city by the end of the year, the island’s district authority said yesterday.

The line will run from Pudong’s Jinqiao area to Chongming’s Chenjia Town.

It has been approved by the city government and is awaiting approval by the National Development and Reform Commission, Chongming District director Tang Hailong said yesterday.

The district authorities will build and upgrade roads to connect with the new line.

The line will have four stops — on Fuxing Island and three in Chenjia Town.

The main transport link for residents is the Yangtze River tunnel. But the trip can often take hours due to congestion, especially on public holidays.
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Hongqiao airport gets its biggest facelift since its opening in 1921
March 21, 2017
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A newly renovated Terminal 1 building at Hongqiao International Airport will open to the public on Sunday, while the old T1 building will be closed for a reconstruction, the airport authority said yesterday.

All domestic and international flights at T1, mainly with China Eastern and Spring Airlines, will be moved to the newly open Building A terminal from Sunday.

The renovation project was launched in 2014 — the airport’s largest renovation since opening in 1921.

The building’s floor area had been expanded by almost 40 percent, said Dai Xiaojian, deputy president of the Shanghai Airport Authority.

“The higher ceilings will give the terminal a roomier and more welcoming feel,” Dai told a press conference. Moreover, passengers would be able to pass security checks and customs inspections more quickly, Dai said.

The T1 building has 42 international flights and 68 domestic flights daily.
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Alert issued for airport’s big day on Sunday
Shanghai Daily
March 24, 2017

PASSENGERS flying out from Terminal 1 building at Hongqiao International Airport on Sunday are advised to be early.

The newly renovated building opens to the public that day and passengers should allow for at least two hours before take-off to become familiar with changes at the terminal, Shanghai Airport Authority said.

All domestic and international flights at T1 will be moved to the newly open Building A terminal from Sunday, while the old B building at T1 will be closed for reconstruction.

Passengers can call the airport hotline 96990 to ask for assistance.

China Eastern and Spring airlines, which operate most of the flights in T1, also advised passengers to come earlier. Spring will have extra staff and volunteers on hand to help passengers. It has also promised to offer ticket refunds for anyone who misses their flights due to the opening of the new terminal building on Sunday.

China Eastern said it had sent messages to remind all its passengers to allow more time for flying out from T1 on Sunday.

The T1 building has 42 international flights and 68 domestic flights daily.
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Concert hall for Baoshan
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April 10, 2017



BAOSHAN District will build a landmark concert hall in north Shanghai to cover the shortage of major cultural venues in the area, the district government said.

Shanghai Changtan Concert Hall, which is scheduled to be built next year on a former container dock along the Yangtze River, will host concerts and musical events.

With a total investment of about 500 million yuan (US$72 million), the concert hall has been nicknamed “Crystal,” due to its shape and transparent appearance.

It will have 772 seats at ground level and 258 overhead, said Gao Jianqiang, the official in charge of the concert project. The 260-square-meter stage would be able to accommodate a major symphony orchestra of more than 100 musicians, Gao said.

The stage would also be equipped with an elevating orchestra platform.

Light and music shows would be held on the outside of the building during festivals and major musical events.

The northern district, renowned for its container ports and iron and steel industries, has long lacked cultural venues, especially large theaters. Baoshan Party Secretary Wang Hong has said that residents complained they had to go downtown to watch dramas or attend concerts.
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Shanghai plans to build airport No. 3
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April 12, 2017

SHANGHAI is planning a new airport for general aviation — which includes private and business jets — to relieve pressure on Pudong and Hongqiao, officials said yesterday.

It will serve both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and be situated away from the two airports, said Jiang Huaiyu, director of the East China regional administration of the national civil aviation watchdog.

The airport will also be used for flight training, agricultural aviation and air ambulance services.

“It is necessary for Shanghai to build a third airport to satisfy demand,” Jiang said on the sidelines of the 2017 Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition at Hongqiao airport. The city government, airport authority and the administration have begun research on the plan, he said.

Jing Yiming, president of Shanghai Airport Authority, also said that “Shanghai is looking for a new site within the city to serve business jets.”
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Paulick exhibition honors the city’s master planner
May 3, 2017
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SHANGHAI Urban Planning Exhibition Hall has launched an exhibition on Richard Paulick (1903-1979), the German architect, who has left a huge footprint on Shanghai.

Paulick served as a leading architect to make the Greater Shanghai Plan — the city’s earliest urban blueprint that was produced in the late 1940s. Paulick flew to Shanghai in 1933 to flee the Nazis.

The Shanghai plan was initiated by the Kuomintang government to develop the city into a global commercial center, using Western urban planning trends.

“Few historians have studied Paulick, but he contributed a lot to Shanghai’s modern development,” said Hou Li, a professor with Tongji University who organized the exhibition. She said Paulick should not be forgotten and deserved to enjoy the same fame as Hungarian architect Laszlo Hudec, who designed many of Shanghai’s landmarks.

After arriving in Shanghai, Paulick was taken under the wing of Sir Victor Sassoon, who built the Cathay Hotel (now the Peace Hotel) in 1929.

Paulick became the core architect with the committee for the Greater Shanghai Plan in the 1940s and finished the final third edition of the plan in October 1949 before leaving the city for East Germany.

In the plan, Paulick designed the Hongqiao area into a “Hungjao new town.” He incorporated the design standards of a European garden city and set a population density of 10,000 residents per square kilometer — the population standard remains a key reference for China’s urban planning.

He designed Shanghai Zhabei Railway Station, and although that wasn’t built, many of its designs were later implemented in the modern renovation of Shanghai Railway Station in the 1980s.

He predicted the city’s population would surge to 15 million by 2000 and suggested developing satellite towns in outskirt districts, Hou added.

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