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Old September 19th, 2009, 03:08 PM   #1121
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Bund to be 'as charming as the Champs-Elysees'
18 September 2009
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The Bund may be a mess now but in six months' time it will be "as charming as the Champs-Elysees in Paris" according to Shanghai officials.

The city's tourist attraction has been undergoing a massive renovation for nearly 2-1/2 years, but planners announced on Wednesday that work was entering its final stages.

The 4 billion yuan (HK$4.5 billion) project involves digging a 3.3-kilometre double-deck tunnel to divert most vehicle traffic underground.

The tunnel will allow the street to be narrowed from 11 lanes to six, providing extra space for pedestrian zones and a 40 per cent enlargement of the riverside promenade.

"The Bund promenade is the most important public space for the city's residents," said Zhou Wei , Communist Party chief of Huangpu district. "This renovation will maximise the use of public space to create an elegant and comfortable promenade for residents and tourists alike, to make the Bund as charming as the Champs-Elysees and other internationally famous boulevards."

Major construction would be finished by the end of the year - on schedule - officials pledged. However the new-look riverside park will not open until March, almost three months later than expected.

The project is the first major revamp of the zone in decades, part of a mammoth drive to reinvent the city's public image ahead of the World Expo, which begins on May 1.

Today, though, the Bund is far from charming or tourist-friendly.

Works extend down the entire length of the road, leaving the street congested and large sections of the pavement difficult for pedestrians to cross.

Yesterday afternoon's heavy rain turned the street into a river of mud as it washed black silt from construction sites.

Views of the river are obscured by hoardings emblazoned with Shanghai Expo 2010 logos and artists' impressions of the project - some of them battered and torn from age - as the whole embankment promenade has been cordoned off while construction goes on.

"It's been going on for a long time. We just try to avoid this area if at all possible," said one taxi driver. "But I hope there will not be much longer to wait."

Tourists also expressed disappointment at the current state of the city's most famous street.

"It is a bit of a let-down because I was really looking forward to the view," said Kelly Marsh, visiting from England. "It's not quite as glamorous as I expected."

Other visitors, however, were more forgiving.

One Guangdong tourist was visiting with his wife and daughter.

"It is a mess now, but it's still under construction. Every building site in the world looks a mess," he said. "The works were much needed, and I'm sure it will be a big improvement once it is finished."
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 07:15 PM   #1122
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 08:36 PM   #1123
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 08:23 PM   #1124
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imagine in 10 years
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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:51 AM   #1125
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imagine in 10 years
Second Manhattan, or better to say Pudong like Manhattan
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Old September 24th, 2009, 04:09 AM   #1126
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Second Manhattan, or better to say Pudong like Manhattan
in the sense that it's an internationally recognized area but for better or worse pudong has a much more "modern" look. by modern i mean shiny.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:17 PM   #1127
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Second Manhattan, or better to say Pudong like Manhattan
In ten years just look like manhattan ?

that box forest Manhattan is surely not the kind of stuff to boast about

i take your words as insult!
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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #1128
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In ten years just look like manhattan ?

that box forest Manhattan is surely not the kind of stuff to boast about

i take your words as insult!
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Old September 24th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #1129
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in the sense that it's an internationally recognized area but for better or worse pudong has a much more "modern" look. by modern i mean shiny.
I thought the skyline, not on the architecture.
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Old September 24th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #1130
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i dont think shanghai will ever achieve anything like manhatten.. ny is just mad...
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Old September 24th, 2009, 02:51 PM   #1131
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I think Pudong already surpassed manhatten...

srly... when I went to ny i was quite dissapointed, nothing is so high there. OFC its very impressive that ESB is 80 years old... but imo pudong LOOKS betetr
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #1132
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i have to agree
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Old September 24th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #1133
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Old September 25th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #1134
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pudong and manhattan are completely different, i wouldn't compare them. IMO they're both absolutely great.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #1135
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Old September 26th, 2009, 05:59 PM   #1136
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pudong and manhattan are completely different, i wouldn't compare them. IMO they're both absolutely great.
sure they are completely different, but u can compare any skyline with any other skyline. And in terms of skyline, Pudong has surpassed Manhatten.
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Old September 26th, 2009, 06:32 PM   #1137
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sure they are completely different, but u can compare any skyline with any other skyline. And in terms of skyline, Pudong has surpassed Manhatten.
How? Pudong alone have not nearly as many skyscrapers as Manhatten, and Pudong is really small compared to Manhatten. Even though you find many very awesome skyscrapers on Pudong that doesn't make their skyline greater than Manhatten.

Rather compare Shanghai to NYC, then we're talking.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #1138
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Manhattan is tiny compared to all of Pudong. Compared to Lujiazui, however, Manhattan is larger.
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Old September 27th, 2009, 06:20 PM   #1139
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The skyline of Manhattan is very different of course. And in my opinion very "grown up". I love the mix from old (Art Deco) buildings dotting the skyline and new glass buildings next to each other where in Lujiazui every building stands on it's own plot. But I really also like the futuristic skyscrapers of Lujiazui. It was like a dream to stand between them last year. However Lujiazui has only about 30 big skyscrapers where New York has hundreds.

I think we have to look furter than just Lujiazui if we want to compare skylines. Don't forget the skyline in Shanghai is way bigger than just the futuristic skyline of Lujiazui that you see on every picture. Shanghai has after all double the amount of skyscrapers of New York (lonely planet) But most of the people only see the few skyscrapers of the Lujiazui district.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 08:58 AM   #1140
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Apparently the construction of the Jumeirah- and Conrad Hotels in Xintiandi was halted a while ago, but might be resuming again soon according to this article:

http://www.chinahospitalitynews.com/...hai-xintiandi/
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HNA Hotels & Resorts is planning to acquire Jumeirah HanTang Xintiandi and Conrad Shanghai, two luxury hotels in Shanghai Xintiandi, the construction of both of which has been stopped due to the financial crisis.

These acquisitions are said to involve a total of CNY5 billion. According to Gao Tianming, president of HNA Hotels & Resorts, the transaction is still under consultation.

The investor and developer of the two hotels is Shanghai Li Xing Hotel Company, a joint venture of Shui On Group and Shanghai Hotel Investment Company. The two hotels were scheduled to open in 2008 but the openings were delayed due to impact of the financial crisis.

A week before this, HNA Hotels & Resorts signed an agreement with Skyfame Realty (Holdings) Limited to conditionally acquire all the equity of Chengjian Tianyu for a price of CNY1.1 billion. The main assets of Chengjian Tianyu include The Westin Guangzhou and Skyfame Building (not including the floors from the 17th floor to the 22nd floor which have been sold).
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