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Old January 21st, 2011, 02:24 PM   #1561
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The green midrise box you see in the background on the first pic was built by Eton several years ago. It's stunning how all these huge developers (Poly, Eton, Greenland, etc) are building huge stuff anywhere around China while they build boring midrises in Shanghai.
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23m in Shanghai, census reveals

SOME 23 million people were registered living in Shanghai in last November's national census, a population expert said yesterday.

That number included 9 million migrant people, according to Ding Jinhong.

Ding warned that the large population has exceeded the city's capacity for healthy development.

Since the previous census in 2005, the city's population has grown by 660,000 each year. And over the past 10 years, the population density in Shanghai - which covers 6,300 square kilometers - has risen from 2,588 people per square kilometer in 2000 to 3,600 last year.

Ding, director of East China Normal University's School of Social Development, said that Shanghai is facing a huge challenge due to the influx of migrants, and the city government must put population management at the top of its agenda in the 12th five-year plan starting this year.

Of the 9 million migrant people recorded in November's census, Ding estimated that 2 million were in the city for a stay of less than six months. This group included people visiting family, receiving medical treatment or just spending time in the city.

The remaining 7 million have lived in Shanghai for more than six months.

So, in fact, the city has around 21 million residents, including 14 million with registered residency and 7 million migrant workers, based on the census, Ding said.

The city's population authorities haven't announced their official population figure for 2010. In 2009, according to city figures, Shanghai had 19.21 million residents, 328,600 more than 2008. Shanghai government's figure is based on various city records and may differ from national census totals.

By the end of 2009, some 5.42 million migrant people had stayed in the city for more than six months, representing 28.2 percent of local residents - up 0.8 percent on 2008, according to Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission.

Population growth concerns have led to heated discussion at this week's annual session of the Shanghai's legislative body and at the gathering of local lawmakers at Shanghai People's Congress.

"Shanghai is facing a continually growing population," Ding said. "Such a big population brings big challenges to housing, transport, health, education and other public service sectors."

"The government must develop measures to create a healthy population flow through restructuring the local economy," Ding added.

He proposed shrinking low-end industry, which attracts unqualified workers, and encouraging the high-end service sector, which requires better qualified employees.
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 06:08 PM   #1563
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New lights may mean safer roads
By Dong Zhen | 2011-1-22
Shanghai Daily

THE city plans to install more no-right-turn traffic lights at some busy intersections to better protect pedestrians, police told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Police said more traffic lights will be revamped downtown. The traffic lights will feature a warning sign during a green light. It will tell vehicles turning right to yield to scooters, cyclists and pedestrians.

"The no-right-turn light will flash for 10 to 20 seconds during the beginning of a green light to ban vehicles from making a right turn," said an officer from the local traffic police team, who asked not to be identified. "Drivers who disobey will lose three points and get fined 300 yuan (US$45), the same punishment as running a red light."

Vehicles should always give right-of-way to pedestrians and bicycles according to Chinese traffic law.

Many other countries have a similar law.

But local car drivers seem to be unaware of the rule, arousing wide safety concerns among expatriates in Shanghai.

Many expatriates have written to Shanghai Daily, calling on the government to carry out better law enforcement and education of driving rules. Some expatriates even said the issue is the biggest safety hazard on local streets.

Traffic police said 181 riders were killed in traffic accidents involving scooters last year. Due to the speed, scooter riders are at higher risk of suffering serious injuries in collisions with vehicles turning right.

No-right-turn traffic signs have been installed on a small number of busy crossroads such as the Beijing Road W. and Chengdu Road intersection, as well as at Maoming Road and Yan'an Road.

Traffic police said they will install more at downtown crossroads wherever possible this year.

"There are many conditions needed to make the extra traffic light possible. The intersections need to be wide enough to pool vehicles for a while and we also need to analyze the influence to overall traffic flow caused by a no-right-turn light," traffic police said.

A local judge said crossing the street is now very dangerous.

"Some drivers don't pay attention to pedestrians," judge Zhang Haitang said.

"A green light doesn't give pedestrians much time to cross. For slower people or those carrying babies, crossing the street has become dangerous," Zhang said.

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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #1564
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Home prices to correct a bit
25 January 2011
Shanghai Daily

HOUSING prices in Shanghai are expected to correct slightly due to stricter policies that were implemented to curb speculation, according to a book released yesterday by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

The book, which analyzed the city's economic, social, cultural and resources development, also said that Shanghai's economic growth may ease to below 8 percent in 2011.

"Shanghai's housing market won't have any dramatic changes this year," the book said. "With stricter policies to tame speculation many expect a stable performance in housing. Shanghai's property prices will correct but it will be a small one."

Separately, the Shanghai office of the People's Bank of China, the central bank, forecast last week that Shanghai's housing prices will drop slightly in 2011 although transactions will be maintained at the same level in 2010.

Shanghai's housing prices surged in 2010 despite efforts to curb the rise. New homes, excluding those meant for relocated residents under urban redevelopment plans, were sold at an average of 24,176 yuan (US$3,652) per square meter in December, up 21 percent from January.

The issue of affordable homes was put under the spotlight last week during the annual session of the city's top legislative body and political advisory body. Mayor Han Zheng said during the annual session of the Shanghai People's Congress that the city will have no future if it can't handle the housing issue properly.

Shanghai has announced it will levy a property tax on newly-purchased spacious homes. The city has submitted a pilot program for a value-based property tax to the central government for a review. The city will also expand the supply of affordable homes by allocating 5 million square meters of budget homes, or 80,000 apartments, to help low-income groups.

Shanghai eyes an 8 percent economic growth this year but the book said the pace may be lower.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 01:21 PM   #1565
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renders for SUHE creek
There probably appears another 300+ in this project
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Old January 29th, 2011, 05:44 PM   #1566
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Exhibition site will be world's biggest
24 January 2011
Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI is to build the world's largest exhibition complex, the city's urban planners announced yesterday.

Construction in the Hongqiao commercial area will begin by the end of the year in Qingpu District, said Ye Ming, deputy director of the Bureau of Planning and Land Resources of the district. Work on the complex, covering 500,000 square meters, should take two years.

"The complex will be both above and underground and will be triple the size of the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong New Area, the city's largest exhibition venue so far," Ye told Shanghai Daily.

"It will also exceed the area of the exhibition hub in Hanover, Germany, which is currently the world's largest."

The 23 billion yuan (US$3.49 billion) complex will be the core of a 1.04-square-kilometer hub jointly built by the city government and the China's Ministry of Commerce in a bid to make Shanghai the world's leading international trading center.

The hub will be to the west of Hongqiao International Airport. About 80 percent of the land will be used for the complex and the rest for logistics facilities and other amenities. The district has planned a 19-square-kilometer area that includes the hub to create a new city landmark for the exhibition economy, Ye said. Hotels and cultural and recreational zones will be built around the hub.

Three Metro lines, including Line 2 and the planned Line 20 and 23 will reach the area, said Ji Lihu, an official with the Shanghai Urban Planning and Design Research Institute, which is designing the hub.

Presently, the city has 268,000 square meters of indoor exhibition areas. Main exhibition halls include: the Shanghai New International Expo Center; Shanghai Exhibition Center; and Shanghai Everbright Convention and Exhibition Center.

Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng has said a world-class center for the exhibition industry will be set up on the Pudong side of the World Expo 2010 site. That site includes the Theme Pavilion, designed to be a permanent exhibition hall with an area of 70,000 square meters.

However, these are deemed insufficient for the city's booming exhibition industry.

Shanghai can host about 8 million square meters of exhibitions every year but the demand has been more than 10 million. This is expected to reach 15 million by 2015.

"Exhibitions are crucial to trade, but the capability of the city is not fully realized due to limited exhibition areas," Sha Hailin, deputy secretary-general of Shanghai Municipal Government has said.

The Shanghai Expo Group and the China Foreign Trade Center have agreed to set up a joint venture as the major investor in the hub.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 05:54 PM   #1567
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The Shanghai skyline looks simply amazing .
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Old January 30th, 2011, 10:13 AM   #1568
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renders for SUHE creek
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Oh babe, this is exactly what I'm hoping for!!!! I hope that project will eventually turn out to be like that !!!!
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Is 'Unnamed (Jing'an Tower?)' 'Dazhongli'?It is u/c i think.
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SPC plans a greener future for Shanghai
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By Cai Wenjun | 2011-1-28

CARBON dioxide emissions in Shanghai are more than double the national average per person and the emissions per unit of gross domestic product are also higher than cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou, Shanghai People's Congress officials revealed yesterday.

The congress, the legislative body, has completed a report on the challenges ahead and suggestions for Shanghai's low carbon development during the 12th Five-Year Plan which starts this year, calling for effective measures to enhance energy efficiency and clean energy use.

Shanghai generates about 200 million tons of carbon dioxide a year. That's about 11 tons per head of the population, while the national level is about 5 tons per person, according to data in 2008, the latest available. About 1.7 tons of carbon dioxide were emitted for every 10,000 yuan (US$1,520) GDP.

"The high carbon dioxide emissions are mainly because of the city's large energy consumption, the leading role that heavy industry, such as steel and chemical plants, play in the city's economy, and the rapid increase of energy consumption in the construction and public transit sectors," said Zhang Zaiyang, an SPC official.

Compared to other large cities in China, Shanghai has a higher proportion of steel and chemical plants in its economy, and these high-carbon businesses will remain the pillar industries in the city for the foreseeable future.

Buildings consume nearly 20 percent of local energy. Public transport consumes 24 percent.

The report suggests that the government improve the efficiency of coal use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by setting a quota for energy consumption, especially coal, for factories, develop clean coal technology and use more clean energy such as natural gas and solar, wind and biological energy.

The report also suggests the city restructure its industries by strictly controlling the steel and chemical sector, phase out highly polluting businesses such as paper making, encourage the services industry and step up the development of industries which use energy more efficiently.

"New buildings must strictly follow an energy-saving rule and public buildings must take a leading role," Zhang said. "A better public transport network and private vehicle controlling measures must be worked out to reduce vehicle emissions."

Officials also said they were carrying out spot checks on trash sorting in the city to promote garbage classification and reduction.

Trials of sorting trash are to be carried out in all new residential complexes and 10 percent of existing complexes in Shanghai and promoted throughout the city over the next two years.
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'Green lung' and parks to transform polluted industrial area
Shanghai Daily
By Yang Jian | 2011-1-31 |

A HIGHLY polluted industrial area in Baoshan District is to be transformed into an ecological zone with parks and a "green lung," officials said.

The city's urban planning authorities said the development plan of the Qilian area in southwest Baoshan will have a key impact on the environment of downtown area. Currently, the densely populated area contains many old factories and truck parking lots.

The Shanghai Planning and Land Resources Bureau defined the area as "ecologically-sensitive," along with another eight zones, mostly around downtown area.

A total of 2.52 square kilometers of green land will open to the public within five years in the 6.29-square-kilometer Qilian area between the Shanghai-Jiading Expressway and Fengxiang Road, an urban planning official surnamed Chen with Dachang Town - that includes most of the area - said yesterday.

This will include a 500-meter-wide forest belt along the expressway as a "green lung" of the city, he said. Parks will be built along the Matang and Nanbang rivers. Some factories are already being shut down.

Some 80,000 people live in the area, including students of Shanghai University, at the northeast of the area.

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Forget subsidence, the real cracks in Shanghai's Bund lie behind its veneer
5 February 2011
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Shanghai's Bund is sinking. Of itself, this is hardly news. The city's most famous street has been slowly settling into its foundations since the row of colonial architecture was first built. Shanghai sits, after all, on a plain of ancient river sludge with the consistency of cold porridge.

In recent weeks, however, the issue has been in focus following local newspaper reports about major cracks appearing on three "historic buildings" on the Bund, the structures in need of emergency repairs due to subsidence.

At first, the headlines appeared alarming, and threw up images of the city's most recognisable landmark crumbling and being swallowed up by the sludge.

Last March, the city completed a massive three-year renovation of the riverfront, including a major expansion of the pedestrian promenade and a 3.3-kilometre double-deck road tunnel running underneath the length of the street.

Engineers working on the tunnel project spoke about the technical difficulties involved in digging under a stretch of old and in some cases unstable buildings on a soil structure prone to subsidence even when left undisturbed.

Rotting wooden foundation piles were known to extend beneath the buildings, but to unknown depths. Disturbing these, the worry was, could bring the entire house of cards down. It was quite a gamble to take with the city's most marketable tourist attraction.

Talk of Bund buildings cracking up so soon after the project's completion was ominous to say the least. In fact, the three endangered buildings are not part of the iconic strip that features on postcards and promotional materials. Instead, they sit further to the south, bordering a huge swathe of ground flattened as part of the city's seemingly endless urban redevelopment drive.

The largest of the three "historic" structures is an office building that dates back to the 1920s. Externally, it may look immaculate, but cracks big enough to slide a hand into have opened in its basement parking lot.

The other two buildings, hidden in alleys behind the main road, are even older, red-brick apartment blocks. Residents, many of whom had lived there for decades, have been moved out while a two-year effort gets under way to stop the structures falling apart.

The contrast couldn't be more stark between the tumbledown look of these old apartments - grimy, dishevelled rabbit warrens crammed full with generations of possessions and detritus - and the chic fashion stores and stylish restaurants a stone's throw away. But it perfectly embodies the myth that is the Bund, and by extension Shanghai itself.

Tourists and new arrivals to the city naturally assume the Bund to be the cultural and social hub of Shanghai. Majestic colonial stone pillars stand next to chic art deco masterpieces all overlooking the bustling Huangpu River and the towering skyscrapers of Pudong's financial zone - what's not to love?

The buildings are certainly grand, and in recent years renovation projects have breathed new life into the once-forgotten structures. If so inclined, one can buy a watch for the price of a small apartment, savour a dinner at the cost of an average mortgage payment or perhaps just sip on a supremely pricey cocktail.

The only problem is that no one really bothers. What should be one of the city's most vibrant nightspots barely features on locals' radar.

The municipal government when announcing the Bund's facelift last year proudly boasted it would be "as charming as the Champs Elysees in Paris" once finished. It is debatable whether the author of that statement had ever visited the French capital, but despite rows of white and purple ornamental cabbages, the new-look Bund has little in the way of joie de vivre. There is a strange empty, unreal feel to the place - even when the waterfront promenade is swimming with summer tourists. Step away from the imposing facade and the picture is even more surreal.

Barely half a block behind the Bund, there is little evidence of the city's supposedly booming economy. Instantly, the designer labels are replaced by tawdry knick-knacks and garish bargain-basement clothes on show in tiny, grimy shops interspersed with a handful of cheap eateries and the odd boarded-up unit. It's like being trapped in the land that economics forgot - nothing looks to have been renovated or repaired in decades.
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First direct flight to Hawaii takes off

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The first ever direct flight between the Chinese mainland and Hawaii took 260 passengers from Pudong International Airport to Honolulu on Sunday.

The flight, operated by China Eastern Airlines from Pudong International Airport to Honolulu, is also scheduled for February 4 and February 10.

Passengers flying to Honolulu from the Chinese mainland previously had to transfer at Tokyo.

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Hydroelectricity line connection starts

Source: Global Times [09:15 January 31 2011] Comments

Work has begun on connecting the 500-kilovolt hydroelectricity transmission line linking Liantang in Qingpu district and Sijing in Songjiang district to the power grid, as part of the city's efforts to make electricity consumption greener.

More hydropower will be transmitted to Shanghai in an effort to satiate the city's huge appetite for power. By 2015, 30 percent of the electricity used by the city will be from water or wind power.

A clean energy transmission line from Xiangjiaba in Yunnan Province to Shanghai was put into operation in the middle of last year.
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Overseas banks urged to boost localization

Source: Global Times [08:51 January 31 2011] Comments

By Zhu Jialei

The Shanghai office of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) has urged overseas banks in the city to produce more localized products and introduce more local talent into their management teams in 2011 at its recent annual meeting with the heads of overseas banks.

"This year will still be tough for overseas banks in Shanghai, since economic recovery in Western countries will be stiff," said Yan Qingmin, director of CBRC's Shanghai office. "The appreciation of the renminbi, domestic inflation and interest rates rise make the situation even more complicated."

As the local government is encouraging State-owned enterprises in Shanghai to restructure and make IPOs, more funds will be injected into the city's capital market in 2011. "This will provide challenges as well as opportunities to overseas banks in terms of credit and loans," Yan said.

He added that overseas banks should recruit more local talent in a bid to improve their decision-making processes and adapt themselves to the local market.

Meanwhile, overseas banks should improve risk management with regards to liquidity, non-performing loans and credit-to-loan ratios, the office also said.

As of the end of 2010, assets of overseas banks in Shanghai totaled 1.27 trillion yuan ($193 billion), up 31 percent year-on-year; deposits reached 864 billion yuan ($131 billion), up 42 percent; while loans reached 648 billion yuan ($98 billion), up 28 percent.

Currently, there are 21 locally-registered overseas banks, 77 branches and 89 representative offices in Shanghai.

In 2010, total assets, deposits and loans of overseas banks in Shanghai accounted for 12 percent, 9 percent and 13 percent respectively of market share in the city.
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Locals accuse property tycoon of demolishing part of church

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-2-11


A PROPERTY tycoon has been "cursed" by angry web users for demolishing part of a historic downtown church - although it transpires that the actual demolition took place before he had even bought the site.

Pan Shiyi, a Chinese real estate developer, unleashed the wrath of Internet users when he published a picture of cranes and temporary structures by All Saints Church on Fuxing Road M. on his microblog on Wednesday.

The piece had been reposted more than 1,000 times by late yesterday, with hundreds of web users accusing Pan of destroying historical buildings.

Some web users even went as far as to curse Pan, saying he would "go to hell" for destroying part of the church.

Other web users said they were saddened to see the buildings demolished. "I felt heartache," said Li Lian, a nearby resident. "It's like seeing people being killed."

Li said she used to pass the area every day and enjoy the view, but now she has to take a different route as she was saddened by what she saw.

She uploaded pictures of the area in the past and expressed regretful sentiments, which were echoed by many Shanghai residents who have lived in the area for decades.

Nearby residents said that the stone-gate buildings had been in good condition.

In response, Pan said that his firm bought the project from another developer last November, which means he should not be held responsible for the demolition.

Public records show that the demolition started on the 20,084-square-meter block - surrounded by Fuxing Road M., Danshui Road, Hefei Road and Madang Road - in 2004.

The area was first designated to be made into a residential complex but was turned into a commercial compound later in 2005.

City cultural relics protection officials said that the church is a historical building on the protection list, while the stone-gated shikumen houses were not.

Shikumen houses combine Western and Chinese elements and first appeared in Shanghai in the 1860s.

Church officials claimed that only the main hall is on the protected list, while affiliated buildings are not.

A two-story office -building in the church compound has been removed to make more room for the -commercial project. The developer has promised to build a new office building closer to the church, a church worker said.

Wang Anshi, an architectural historian, said: "The plot is in the Hengshan Road, Fuxing Road historical and cultural preservation zone and the whole flavor should be maintained."

He said that the deal was made in 2004 when the city was less conscious of protecting historical zones.

Wang said the city government must keep its promise to maintain old buildings and urged the developer to coordinate the appearance of new buildings with existing structures.

The church was built in 1925 under the supervision of a missionary from the American Saints Association.
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New construction plans for Shanghai

Source: Global Times [09:29 February 11 2011] Comments

Shanghai will embark on 84 construction projects in 2011, with an investment amount of around 100 billion yuan ($15.19 billion), according to the Shanghai Urban Construction and Communications Commission Thursday.

The projects will consist of three main endeavors: continuing the development of the World Expo area along the Huangpu River; stepping up construction of supporting facilities in the Hongqiao Development Zone; and increasing urban infrastructure programs in satellite towns in the city's suburban area.

A total of 11.50 million square meters of low-income housing is expected to begin construction in 2011.
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