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Old April 7th, 2011, 08:01 PM   #1621
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Shanghai Jumeirah Hotel now open
Jumeirah Group kicks off its expansion into Asia with its first property on the continent in Shanghai
By Jessica Beaton 6 April, 2011


Shaped like a ritual Yu Cong, the square exterior of the Jumeirah Himalayas

Hotel represents Earth, while the inner circle portrays Heaven. A 14-story cylindrical atrium depicts a passageway between the two.
Dubai-based Jumeirah Group welcomed guests at its new hotel in Pudong last week, giving onlookers an idea of what the company’s expansion into the rest of Asia might look like.
Located opposite the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel is part of the landmark Himalayas Center, owned by Zendai Group. The Himalayas Center is one of Shanghai’s new arts and cultural hubs.

A massive project in its own right, the center was designed by architect Arata Isozaki -- who also created the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art -- and is home to the 1,100-seat Daguan Theater, Himalayas Art Museum, a luxury brand mall and a massive outdoor space for events.



A peek into Shanghai Jumeirah Hotel's Grand Deluxe Suite.
The 401-room hotel is an integral part of the Himalayas Center complex, and although only recently opened, it is already fully booked for Shanghai’s upcoming Auto Trade Show taking place across the street.
Prices start at RMB 3,000 for the Shanghai hotel's least deluxe room (calling it basic doesn’t quite seem to fit), and the 62 suites run up to RMB 80,000 a night, according to reports in Urbanatomy.

Although well located for arts and trade shows, there’s little to get excited about in the way of dining options according to Smart Shanghai, with a simple lobby dining area, an all-day dining outlet called Arte Cafe and Lounge, a sushi/teppayaki venue and “Shangh-Hai,” a Chinese restaurant serving Yangtze Delta cuisine on the sixth floor.

Knowing most Shanghai hotels, we’ll bet brunch at a minimum of one of the outlets and high tea will also follow.

Other hotel groups also see Shanghai as the key to brand expansion into China. The Waldorf Astoria recently opened its Huangpu-facing property, as did InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), launching its first upscale boutique brand in Asia in Shanghai, Indigo, in late 2010.

Read more: Shanghai Jumeirah Hotel now open | CNNGo.com http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/visit/...#ixzz1Ir7Yu6tB
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Old April 8th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #1622
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^ Ah .. so this one is near the maglev station?
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Old April 9th, 2011, 03:15 PM   #1623
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Yup, also right next to Century Park. I thought it was called Himalaya center @[email protected]
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Old April 13th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #1624
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Disneyland plan unveiled 2011-3-9 |



Glimpse of Disney plans
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Old April 14th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #1625
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Ferries to return to Huangpu River in 2 months
By Dong Zhen | 2011-4-14

IN about two months, the first shuttle ferries designed for commuters will appear on the downtown section of the Huangpu River, city officials said today.

Among the routes planned, Lujiazui -- the city's financial and trade zone in Pudong -- will have ferry crossings to Yangpu and Hongkou districts, said Sun Jianping, head of the city's transportation bureau.

It's the latest effort by the city planner to relieve the pressure of Shanghai's congested roads and Metro lines by utilizing its many waterways.

Instead of jostling for room in an overloaded subway train or getting stuck on a crawling road, commuters from Yangpu District, for example, can get to office or home in only 20 minutes by taking a ferry across the Huangpu River, a shortcut compared with land routes.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:19 PM   #1626
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I saw the Jumierah hotel the other day. Looks good, but I think the Kerry office/hotel complex across the street is way better. The brewery pub aptly called 'Brew' and the market/restaurant Cook in the Kerry Hotel are awesome. Never seen the concept done so well in China.

Question for everyone here:

I was driving past the Gubei skyline the other day and noticed that the long proposed site for the supertall there is well underway. I think there are four cranes erected on the plot. Is the supertall going ahead or has it been reduced?
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:26 PM   #1627
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I saw the Jumierah hotel the other day. Looks good, but I think the Kerry office/hotel complex across the street is way better. The brewery pub aptly called 'Brew' and the market/restaurant Cook in the Kerry Hotel are awesome. Never seen the concept done so well in China.

Question for everyone here:

I was driving past the Gubei skyline the other day and noticed that the long proposed site for the supertall there is well underway. I think there are four cranes erected on the plot. Is the supertall going ahead or has it been reduced?
I'm sure if its 4 cranes it will be a large project. Some pictures would be insightful.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 02:37 PM   #1628
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^Seeing as I've seen no updates about this project, I'll make it my mission to go out there in the next few days and snap some photos. There are a couple other biggish-looking projects in various states of construction in the Gubei CBD that I'll shoot as well.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #1629
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I didn't even know there were plans for a Gubei supertall. It would be exciting to have 3 supertalls u/c in Shanghai!
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Old April 16th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #1630
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^Seeing as I've seen no updates about this project, I'll make it my mission to go out there in the next few days and snap some photos. There are a couple other biggish-looking projects in various states of construction in the Gubei CBD that I'll shoot as well.
Yeah check it out I'm always more interested in smaller projects in Shanghai. I mean Shanghai Tower is great but the smaller projects make the city what it is.
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Old April 16th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #1631
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Ferries to return to Huangpu River in 2 months
By Dong Zhen | 2011-4-14

IN about two months, the first shuttle ferries designed for commuters will appear on the downtown section of the Huangpu River, city officials said today.

Among the routes planned, Lujiazui -- the city's financial and trade zone in Pudong -- will have ferry crossings to Yangpu and Hongkou districts, said Sun Jianping, head of the city's transportation bureau.

It's the latest effort by the city planner to relieve the pressure of Shanghai's congested roads and Metro lines by utilizing its many waterways.

Instead of jostling for room in an overloaded subway train or getting stuck on a crawling road, commuters from Yangpu District, for example, can get to office or home in only 20 minutes by taking a ferry across the Huangpu River, a shortcut compared with land routes.
Isn't there a ferry from the Bund to Pudong now? How many routes are there now and how many more will there be in the future?
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Old April 18th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #1632
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How many routes are there now and how many more will there be in the future?
I'm not sure now but I'll tell you later .
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Old April 18th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #1633
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City tops nation in reducing pollution

By Cai Wenjun and Fu Chenghao | 2011-4-16


SHANGHAI has topped the country in reducing pollution after shutting down polluting factories, building new sewage treatment plants, enhancing monitoring and giving incentives to cut discharges.

The city successfully cut the discharge of chemical oxygen demand, a major water pollutant, by 27.7 percent and sulfur dioxide, which pollutes the air, by 30.2 percent in the past five years, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau said yesterday.

The five-year reduction in COD ranked No. 1 in the country and the cut in sulfur dioxide emissions was No. 2, following Beijing. Both reductions exceeded quotas set by the national government five years ago, officials said.

With a new five-year plan starting this year, Shanghai will keep working to reduce pollution by restructuring the economy and encouraging recycling, the bureau said.

Shanghai aims to reduce energy consumption per unit of gross domestic product by 3.6 percent this year, according to the city's planning agency.

The city will work out energy use guidance for government buildings, hotels, hospitals and commercial facilities as well as for the public transport sector to help improve energy efficiency, Zhou Bo, director of the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission, said yesterday at a government working conference.

In the industrial sector, Shanghai will also continue its efforts to shut obsolete capacity this year. This includes factories owned by Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao Petrochemical, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical and Shanghai Huayi Group.

From this year, emissions of COD, sulfur dioxide, ammonia nitrogen (a water pollutant) and nitrogen oxides (an air pollutant) will be monitored to ensure targets are being met.

Though Shanghai has made big strides in reducing pollution in the past five years, the city still faces challenges such as haze and acid rain.

According to the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, air and water quality have improved in recent years.

More than 88 percent of the time the air quality has been either excellent or good in the past six years. Last year, 92.1 percent of days were recorded with either excellent or good air quality, the top two ratings in the city's five-level system.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 06:13 PM   #1634
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Anyone got a photo of this?

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Overhead corridor taking shape in Lujiazui
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A bi-level pedestrian overpass is under construction in the Lujiazui business district in Pudong and will open to the public in August, its constructor said today.

The main structure of the overpass was completed yesterday and installation and decoration are expected to be finished in early August.

The new overpass spans the Century Avenue and connects the circular overhead walkway near the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai IFC Mall and the Super Brand Mall. It will be a great convenience for pedestrians when it opens.

Meanwhile, another elevated corridor is under construction to hook up with the overhead walkway. It is part of the city's plan to upgrade the core business area of Lujiazui.

Pudong government has earmarked 80 million yuan to improve Lujiazui infrastructure and set up more restaurants, cafes, convenience stores and ATM machines to make the Lujiazui area more pleasant for office workers and tourists as well.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #1635
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The overhead walkway - April 13 by Alanmei
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Old April 19th, 2011, 02:36 PM   #1636
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Overhead corridor taking shape in Lujiazui
Created: 2011-4-18 18:09:34
Shanghai Daily

A bi-level pedestrian overpass is under construction in the Lujiazui business district in Pudong and will open to the public in August, its constructor said today.

The main structure of the overpass was completed yesterday and installation and decoration are expected to be finished in early August.

The new overpass spans the Century Avenue and connects the circular overhead walkway near the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai IFC Mall and the Super Brand Mall. It will be a great convenience for pedestrians when it opens.

Meanwhile, another elevated corridor is under construction to hook up with the overhead walkway. It is part of the city's plan to upgrade the core business area of Lujiazui.

Pudong government has earmarked 80 million yuan to improve Lujiazui infrastructure and set up more restaurants, cafes, convenience stores and ATM machines to make the Lujiazui area more pleasant for office workers and tourists as well.
This is great news! Hopefully with more restaurants, shops and cafes Lujiazui will become a nicer place to walk around and spend time in!
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More sports facilities to be built in the suburbs
2011-4-21 0:58:34

MORE public sports facilities will be built in Shanghai to meet growing demand, city officials said yesterday.

The Shanghai Sports Bureau said it will build 50 swimming pools in suburban areas in the next five years, some of which can be converted into basketball or tennis courts in the winter, according to the blueprint of the city's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

"Local people are not very fit," said Li Yuyi, director of the Shanghai Sports Bureau.

A recent nationwide survey showed children in Shanghai ranked lower than average in terms of physical fitness.

After children, office workers are believed to be the least physically active in the city.

About 80 percent of sports facilities in middle and primary schools have already been opened to the public. The number will rise to 85 percent by 2015, according to the city's five-year plan.

However, with summer getting closer, many residents said it's hard to find swimming pools and complained ticket prices vary greatly depending on location.

Following complaints, the bureau checked admission costs at 500 swimming pools. They found most swimming pools charge 20 yuan (US$3) to 30 yuan per hour.
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Old May 6th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #1638
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Isn't there a ferry from the Bund to Pudong now? How many routes are there now and how many more will there be in the future?
Those new ferry routes are designed for commuters from Yangpu and Hongkou districts to Pudong. The Bund belongs to Huangpu District. There are already five ferry routes from the Bund area to Pudong .

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May 8 by nhhk. The overhead walkway has now been directly connected to IFC mall.

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More details can be seen in the large version: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2296/...72d70461_o.jpg
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Old May 16th, 2011, 03:29 AM   #1640
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The bridge to IFC mall still doesnt seem to be opened for public access in the photo above.
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