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Old January 3rd, 2011, 05:52 AM   #1541
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Cleaner water supplies for downtown residents
By Yang Jian | 2010-12-31
Shanghai Daily

MORE than 5 million people in downtown Shanghai yesterday began using cleaner tap water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir on Changxing Island in the Yangtze River.

Residents in Huangpu, Jing'an, Luwan, Hongkou, Yangpu districts and part of Zhabei and Putuo districts, as well as Pudong's Lujiazui area, will find their tap water "brighter, with a purer taste," said Zhao Pingwei, deputy director of city's Water Supply Inspection Center.

Water pipes and heaters in their homes will also be more durable because less limescale will form on pipes, he said.

The new supply from the reservoir will reduce the smell of chlorine in tap water.

Water from the Yangtze is cleaner than water from the Huangpu River, which currently supplies most of the city's tap water. However, even the cleaner water is not drinkable unless boiled.

Homes on the third floor or below can draw fresh water directly from the city's pipelines, but those on higher floors get water from tanks on the top of their buildings.

Another 1.5 million residents in Pudong will receive Qingcaosha water from April 15. About 2.2 million residents in Xuhui, Changning and part of Minhang, Qingpu and Putuo districts will start getting water from the reservoir by June 15.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 04:15 PM   #1542
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Never seen this one before. It's called 上海阳光滨江中心. 2x185m, opposite the Expo area.
http://www.haoqiantu.cn/CJ142284.html
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Old January 7th, 2011, 12:23 AM   #1543
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We need more pictures of unknown projects in Shanghai. I can't wait to visit Shanghai again this summer!!!
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Old January 7th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #1544
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Land supply drops in Shanghai
6 January 2011
Shanghai Daily

The supply of land designated for new residential development, excluding plots for the affordable housing program, plunged significantly in Shanghai last year, real estate website Soufun.com said yesterday.

A total of 54 land plots, or 3.84 million square meters, were released to the local market in 2010, compared with 79 plots, or 5.47 million square meters in 2009, Soufun research showed. By area, Jiading, Qingpu and Baoshan registered the most supply, where 11, eight and six plots were released respectively during the past 12 months.

The decline was mainly due to the city's effort to increase land for affordable housing, Soufun analysts said. Land released for development of affordable housing totaled 65 plots, or 4.58 million square meters, in the city last year.

Under a plan announced earlier, construction of 15 million square meters of affordable homes will begin this year, up 25 percent from 2010.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 12:18 AM   #1545
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Bad News For Companies That Rent Office Space In Shanghai

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By RUSSELL FLANNERY

Shanghai office rents are poised for a double-digit increase in 2011, according to a new report by Chicago-based real estate services company Jones Lang LaSalle.

Rents for Grade A properties will rise by around 15% in the western half of the city known as Puxi and by as much as 15% in the eastern side known as Pudong, the company said.

Even after the completion of last year’s Shanghai Expo, Shanghai remains a growing Asian regional business and financial hub. Strong demand among multinationals will lead rents higher in the Puxi area despite new supply, Jones Lang LaSalle said. Wheelock Square, ultimately controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Peter Woo, and Henderson Metropolitan, controlled by another Hong Kong tycoon, Lee Shau Kee, opened recently and have been filling up.

Puxi’s vacancy rate of 7% is the lowest since the second quarter of 2008, Jones Lang LaSalle says. In Pudong, the rate declined by 3.5 percentage points in the fourth quarter from a year earlier to 10.5%. Jones Lang LaSalle also predicted that demand for retail space will remain ”solid” this year. The current vacancy rate at prime retail properities is only 0.7%, the company said.

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Old January 12th, 2011, 09:17 AM   #1546
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Nice images of the building, they are really look great and fantastic.

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Old January 15th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #1547
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There is this building on the north Bund which is being renovated. I did not know such a building could be completely reshaped.

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Old January 15th, 2011, 03:51 PM   #1548
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There is this building on the north Bund which is being renovated. I did not know such a building could be completely reshaped.

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whoooo~~nice update
It is a very big project
It;s in the middle
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Old January 16th, 2011, 03:17 AM   #1549
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Wow, that's a huge project! On this picture you can see that a lot of construction is going on there.

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Old January 16th, 2011, 05:36 AM   #1550
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The 180m one in the north east corner looks interesting, too.
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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:29 AM   #1551
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The 180m one in the north east corner looks interesting, too.
There is not much going on there yet.

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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:31 AM   #1552
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Pujiang IFC, 180m, Gensler. Posted by hdsghvoizp. This tower is in Beiwaitan area, close to White Magnolia.


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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:37 AM   #1553
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国际航运服务中心/International Shipping Services Center. The tallest tower has 180m. Also in Beiwaitan.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 04:23 AM   #1554
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Keep up with the Shanghai updates guys!!!! Thanks
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Old January 17th, 2011, 09:42 AM   #1555
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Is there a special reason that they're not building bridges between Financial District
and the rest of the city? The closest ones are about 5 km away.

Think a nice iconic bridge would fit in well there...
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Old January 17th, 2011, 10:17 AM   #1556
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Is there a special reason that they're not building bridges between Financial District
and the rest of the city? The closest ones are about 5 km away.

Think a nice iconic bridge would fit in well there...
There is already a tunnel (Yanan Road Tunnel I think?) that runs from the Bund to Lujiazui so they probably don't need a bridge there. Also a bridge would probably block views of the skyline from the Bund.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #1557
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Is there a special reason that they're not building bridges between Financial District
and the rest of the city? The closest ones are about 5 km away.

Think a nice iconic bridge would fit in well there...
The bridge should be quite high then because there are so many big ships that uses the river. The problem is that you would need do demolish a lot of stuff to make room for the ramps (because the bridge would be high, you either need very steep ramps or very long ones). Almost everything on the Bund has historic value so demolishing is not an option. There are tunnels, metro's and even a special tourist tunnel where you go in a card trough a tunnel of weird lights and stuff. So for traffic it shouldn't matter.
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Old January 17th, 2011, 03:08 PM   #1558
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Mayor outlines a vision of bigger, stronger city
17 January 2011
Shanghai Daily

Shanghai will keep prices stable, make preparations for the introduction of a property tax, speed up economic transformation and further open up in 2011 in its aim to grow bigger and stronger with residents enjoying better lives, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.

Addressing the annual session of the Shanghai People's Congress, Han told SPC deputies that the city had set this year's growth target for gross domestic product at 8 percent, the same as 2010's. The drive is also in line with Shanghai's 12th Five Year Plan which targets an average economic growth of 8 percent each year to the end of 2015.

"After two decades of rapid growth, Shanghai can't wait to shift its economic development pattern as the model of relying on investment has already been worn out," Han said. "Better quality and higher efficiency are the key tasks for us in the 12th Five Year Plan."

Shanghai is building up a more dominant services industry to achieve the aim, he said. The services sector is expected to account for 65 percent of the city's economy by 2015, from 2010's 57 percent.

After hosting the World Expo and securing strong economic growth last year, the city was looking forward to achieving more this year, he said.

Shanghai will endeavor to expand its financial markets, attract solid overseas companies to issue bonds or get listed, build up its over-the-counter equities market and prepare for the introduction of an insurance exchange.

As for the people's well-being, Han said the government will focus on solving issues related to prices, employment, social insurance and housing.

"We'll further strengthen measures to curb inflation to make prices stable," he said.

In housing, the city will go all out to expand the supply of affordable housing in building up a multi-layer home market.

"We will be prepared for the housing tax trial to curb speculation," Han said. He underscored that housing for living, for local residents, and for non-luxury use should be the mainstream.

The city plans to build 15 million square meters of affordable homes this year, including low-rental and budget homes. Last year it built 13 million square meters of such homes, more than planned, for people on low incomes.

Among other proposals by the city government is fiscal revenue on a par with economic growth, an unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, and environmental protection investment equivalent to 3 percent of the city's total gross domestic product, Han said.

Also attending the session were 36 resident representatives invited by the SPC.

The city is making its governance more transparent this year.

A better city administration is also targeted. The city will strictly regulate administrative fees to cut the burden on residents and business.

The city will publicize its fiscal spending, and the whereabouts of local government bonds and other non-tax income. This year, the city will also publish the auditing report on the operating capital of the World Expo.

Shanghai's 2011 goals

* Annual GDP growth of around 8 percent

* Registered unemployment rate within 4.5 percent

* Investment in environmental protection 3 percent of GDP

* 15 million square meters of affordable housing

* Access to 100Mbps broadband for 3 million households

2010 achievements

* Annual GDP growth of 10 percent

* Annual foreign trade volume of US$180.8 billion

* Average household disposable income of 31,838 yuan (US$4,833)

* Metro network coverage of 452.6 kilometers

* Direct foreign investment of US$11 billion
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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #1559
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Infrastructure cash to go to rural areas
Shanghai Daily
By Zhang Fengming | 2011-1-20 |

RURAL districts will receive the bulk of Shanghai's infrastructure spending over the next five years, as the city seeks to balance growth, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.

In the Five-Year Plan ending in 2015, Shanghai will contribute 70 percent of its infrastructure budget to developing rural districts, including Jiading and Songjiang, with the remaining 30 percent going to downtown areas.

This is the opposite of the 30-70 rural-downtown allocation of the past five years.

"Shanghai is shifting its infrastructure investment to rural areas from downtown to help the city grow more balanced and sustainable," Han said during a discussion with local lawmakers yesterday. "We seek quicker growth in rural districts and continued momentum in downtown areas."

Downtown spectacular skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls and top-end hotels and bars have heralded Shanghai's rise as a major world city.

However, limited land and crowded traffic downtown also drive Shanghai to expand from the center, and let the people in outlying areas enjoy the benefits of the city's growth, said Han.

"Protecting the interests of farmers and other residents is key to the drive to develop rural areas," Han said. "People are the priority and their talent is Shanghai's greatest resources."

To improve life in rural districts, more infrastructure, hospitals and cultural facilities will be built. Development will factor in environmental and social effects, Han added.

Shanghai's economy is estimated to grow 10 percent in 2010. The city targets an average growth of 8 percent annually though 2015, with more focus on quality and efficiency.

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