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Old July 14th, 2009, 04:15 AM   #1041
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seems shanghai fasten minhang district development. nice of both bridge.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #1042
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Another render of SHK's project at Huaihai Zhong Lu;

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Old July 17th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #1043
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Fantastic buildings, i'm focusing on Shanghai Expo buildings now, they are amazing!
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Old July 17th, 2009, 05:27 PM   #1044
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Top hotels continue to struggle
17 July 2009
Shanghai Daily

Five-star hotels in Shanghai continued to register declining room rates and occupancies during the first five months of this year, extending its southward trend amid the global economic downturn and ample supply.

The average daily room rate of the city's luxury hotels dropped 24 percent year on year to 1,225 yuan (US$180) in the first five months while the occupancy rate dropped 14 percentage points to 45 percent, said hotel investment and advisory firm Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in its Hotel Intelligence Report 2009, released yesterday .

"The weakened global economy and the consequently tightened travel budgets have dramatically affected overseas tourist arrivals to Shanghai,'' said Andreas Flaig, managing director with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels China. "As a result, the city's five-star hotels have started to significantly lower their room rates in a hope to bolster the dwindling occupancy rates.''

Overseas tourist arrivals in Shanghai fell 6.2 percent year on year to 2.04 million between January and May, according to latest statistics.

The global economic crisis began to have a major effect on the local market in the second half of last year, industry analysts said.

Last year, the average daily room rate at Shanghai's five-star hotels fell 4 percent to 1,552 yuan while occupancy rates dropped 10 percentage points to 56 percent, according to Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels research based on a sample of more than 9,700 guest rooms.

Occupancies and room rates at Shanghai's five-star hotels are expected to continue to feel pressure in the near term as a number of new hotels, many of them in Pudong, are expected to open in the next 12 to 18 months, noted Lily Ng, senior vice president with Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels China.

However, the much-hyped World Expo 2010 and the strong conference and exhibition market may help boost tourist numbers and generate hotel demand in the city both during and after the six-months event, Ng said.

Nationwide, nine out of 13 cities monitored by the company still managed to register year-on-year growth in average daily room rates last year, with many second and third-tier cities benefiting from massive infrastructure developments in recent years.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:03 AM   #1045
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Forgot that I had these two pics on my cell phone-- they're taken sometime last week:


Nanjing Xi Lu 1788;
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Another project on Nanjing Xi Lu (top-middle of the photo). Renderings suggest a mushroom-like glass building that has maybe 25 or so floors. Didn't catch the name;
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:34 PM   #1046
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Is someone aware of the date of commencement of this project because I really love it and especially the map of Shanghai where will be located
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Old July 22nd, 2009, 06:35 PM   #1047
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Is someone aware of the date of commencement of this project because I really love it and especially the map of Shanghai where will be located
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 05:45 AM   #1048
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staff,what cell phone do you use? seems better quality than my camera.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 07:33 AM   #1049
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Nokia N85. It's decent for a cell phone I suppose.
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 09:55 AM   #1050
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OMG thats my phone too <3 its pretty good camera
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Old July 23rd, 2009, 11:01 AM   #1051
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China's ugliest skyscraper. By yayaow.

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Old July 24th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #1052
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Shanghai is hosting the 2011 World Aquatics Championships, and for the occasion, a new world-class aquatics centre is being constructed.

Indoor Stadium: 18.000
Swimming Stadium: 5.000
Outdoor Swimming Pool: 5.000
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Old July 24th, 2009, 04:24 PM   #1053
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Nokia N85. It's decent for a cell phone I suppose.
I am not exactly computer savy guy,for year,I have trouble trying to paste my trip to xiamen on this forum,but I do know how,just how do you do it?
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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:28 PM   #1054
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Set to open in December 2009, InterContinental Shanghai Expo is Shanghai’s newest luxury hotel, centrally located just 40 minutes from Pudong International Airport and 45 minutes from Hongqiao Airport. Built on the World Expo site in Pudong, with spectacular views of Shanghai’s skyline and the Hangpu River this hotel is ideally situated and is just eight minutes drive to the heart of Lujiazui, Shanghai’s central business district and numerous shopping areas. Metro stations 4, 6, 7 and 8 are within walking distance and the hotel is close to all city attractions in Puxi and Pudong. Combining the richness of ancient China and excitement of modern China a visit to this city will be an unforgettable experience.

InterContinental Shanghai Expo offers 400 contemporary guestrooms, all of which feature spectacular World Expo views or river views of Shanghai’s skyline. The hotel features 42 suites, including 37 executive suites, four Diplomatic suites with private balconies and a classic Presidential suite occupying half of Level 28.

InterContinental Shanghai Expo offers a spacious Grand Ballroom and Terrace Ballroom with an outdoor area. Both ballrooms are equipped with state of the art technology and have natural light with specially designed breakout areas. An additional 9 meeting rooms with spectacular river views are available with the latest technology, the ultimate place for your next party or private function.

Club InterContinental rooms located on Level 24 to 28 feature automatic coffee machines, special amenities and personalised 24-hour business and concierge butler service. Club InterContinental Lounge on Level 26 and 27 has a 150m2 terrace offering breathtaking views of the Huangpu River and World Expo site.

Spa InterContinental is your personal sanctuary in Shanghai with panoramic views of the city and a full range of Spa treatments combining the best of East and West in 11 oversized treatment rooms. A 25 metre swimming pool, large whirlpool and outdoor deck overlooking the Huangpu River lush garden is the ideal surrounding to stay fit or simply relax. The fully-equipped fitness centre features the latest generation cardio, strength and weight equipment. Spinning and yoga classes are available for all hotel guests.

A variety of dining options include cuisines from around the world as well as local favourites served in a Cosmopolitan or contemporary atmosphere with show kitchens and live cooking stations that add flair to every meal.
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Old July 26th, 2009, 08:06 AM   #1055
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Gemdale secures Shanghai site for record 3.05b yuan
24 July 2009
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A Shanghai land plot has set a year-to-date high for the property market, as increasingly buoyant prices in the mainland's richest city spur developers to replenish land banks.

Local developer Gemdale Group yesterday won the plot of land in Shanghai's western Qingpu district for 3.05 billion yuan (HK$3.46 billion), 222 per cent higher than the reserve price of 946.03 million yuan.

The transaction set a record for the most expensive site in the eastern coastal city for this year.

The site, with a gross floor area of 210,228 square metres and a unit price of 14,498.50 yuan per square metre, is 35.84 per cent more expensive than a neighbouring site bought by Longfor Group in 2007.

Quality villas in the district were now trading at 35,000 yuan to 40,000 yuan per square metre, while some townhouse or mid-rise residential projects fetched 17,000 yuan to 20,000 yuan per square metre, said Clement Luk Shing, a director and deputy general manager of Centaline (China) Property Consultants.

Some analysts attributed the promising result to the Shanghai municipal government loosening the so-called "70/90" restriction for residential land for sales last month. Under the policy, at least 70 per cent of the units on offer should be smaller than 90 square metres to meet market demand.

"Strong home sales over the past few months and declining inventory in the city have prompted developers to replenish their land banks at more aggressive prices," said Vincent Luk Fung-siu, the general manager for eastern China at property consultancy DTZ.

He added that the latest transaction might further fuel a gain in home prices, which are already showing signs of heating up.

Data compiled by E-House China, the mainland's largest property broker, shows sales of homes in Shanghai worth 40,000 yuan and above per square metre reached 600 units in the first half of this year, 69.97 per cent more than a year earlier.

Tomson Riviera, once touted as Shanghai's No 1 luxury residential project, has secured buyers for 23 units priced at more than 90,000 yuan per square metre over the past month. That is almost six times the number sold in the past four years.

In addition, Shui On Land last month sold 57 units at Block 11 of Casa Lakeville at an average of 60,000 yuan per square metre.

Mr Luk said the improving market sentiment and anticipation of diminishing inventory and rising home prices had made up for negative news such as tighter home loan approval for second-home buyers. But he said market transactions should soon take a breather as the sector needed to consolidate after the rapid growth of the past few months.

Mr Luk believes Shanghai home prices would stay relatively firm because of limited supply.

Housing inventory in the city has dropped 38 per cent from a peak of 5.3 million square metres, according to data from Nomura International. Analysts estimate that the existing inventory of residential units is just sufficient to satisfy two to three months of market demand.
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Old July 27th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #1056
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By pakeing. You can see the Grand Center, 170m, 41 floors. Pudong Kerry Center in the background, 198m. What's the 30~ floor one u/c next to Shanghai Grand?
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Old July 27th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #1057
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wow, a great combinations of skyscrapers in the pic above. Haven't seen this part of shanghai before. Very nice
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A firefighter holds a 1.5-meter crocodile found at the construction site of a Metro Line 10 station on Siping Road early yesterday morning. The reptile was spotted behind an electric switch box with its mouth taped. No one knows where it came from. The reptile will be raised in the Shanghai Zoo.
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High-res render of SHK project in Luwan.
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Private builders blamed for collapse in Shanghai
29 July 2009
South China Morning Post

Officials in Shanghai yesterday piled blame on the developers and builders of an incomplete apartment block that collapsed last month, accusing them of serious misconduct and of important breaches of construction regulations.

The collapse of the 13-storey building, which toppled over on its foundations on June 27, killing one worker, was a big embarrassment for the city and raised speculation about suspected close ties between officials and developers.

An investigation concluded at the start of this month that Shanghai Meidu Property Development and Shanghai Zhongxin Construction were "chiefly responsible" for the collapse and recommended that they be given the "highest penalty under the law".

The inquiry also apportioned blame to the contractor responsible for the foundation work on the site, Shengteng Foundations, and uncovered irregularities in the workings of local government, sparking an investigation by the Communist Party.

But yesterday's announcement was the first time that officials had said they had found anyone directly responsible for the incident.

The report said that six people had been formally detained and a further seven questioned. It listed the names of five company directors who would face legal action, among others.

Some owners of apartments in the complex were dissatisfied, saying the outcome brought them no nearer to receiving compensation, negotiations over which have been going on since the accident.

Investigators found that the collapse of the building - one of 11 blocks in the Lotus Riverside development - had been caused by a massive mound of waste earth piled on one side of the structure, coupled with 4.6-metre-deep excavations for an underground car park on the other.

Xie Liming , head of the city's safety inspection department and chief investigator, said yesterday: "The difference in pressure on the two sides of the building caused a shift in the soil structure levels that was greater than the foundations were able to withstand."

Mr Xie said that the accident had been due to a catalogue of errors in six key areas of the construction work. The problems were improper storage of waste, digging works that breached regulations, poor inspection of the site, poor site management, poor safety procedures and building work being conducted too hurriedly.

"The situation was very chaotic," he said.

The investigation also looked into Meidu's main shareholders, following accusations that several were local officials or had links to the government.

Although the report found that none of the 16 shareholders were civil servants in state organs, eight did hold positions with township-level enterprises, including the company's president, Que Jingde , who was an assistant to the Meilong town chief. Meilong ran the company before its privatisation in 2001.
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