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Old August 15th, 2011, 03:04 PM   #1761
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Hm, those blue things in the middle, are those water slides? Haha.

Honestly though, really love this project. Is it a long-term plan or something we could see starting soon?
I guess those blue things are water slides. This project is a long-term plan.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 05:52 PM   #1762
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Those blue things look more like the roofs of some shops.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 06:42 PM   #1763
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Those blue things look more like the roofs of some shops.
Yes.
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Old August 18th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #1764
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I guess the Gubei supertall shrunk to 134m/28fl. It's currently around 100m tall.

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Old August 18th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #1765
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Most public buildings violating cool-air law
Shanghai Daily
Aug 16, 2011

SOME 63 percent of downtown buildings are being kept too cool in summer, violating an energy-saving law, a city government survey shows.

Government officials say the energy could otherwise be used to ease the power supply gap for households and other first-priority users such as hospitals and schools.

To ease the growing shortfall, which is most acute during the summer, the local government has ruled that commercial, office and other public buildings must keep their air temperature at or above 26 degrees Celsius. The estimated peak power load this summer has grown by 7 percent from a year earlier, continuing a growth trend.

The rule, enacted years ago, is now getting the attention of the city's energy-saving supervision center.

In a survey started on July 1 and completed yesterday, the monitoring watchdog paid undercover visits to 219 public buildings, such as hotels, office buildings and shopping malls, in nine downtown districts.

Officials discovered that 63 percent of the property managers were running their air conditioning lower than 26 degrees, with an average measurement of 25.5 degrees.

The watchdog said hotels performed the worst with less than 30 percent meeting the standard. Officials said some upscale hotels preferred to keep their lobbies and other public spaces cool enough to please the residents but said the practice is not worth it.

Watchdog officials said yesterday that they were now installing remote-control monitoring devices to catch future violators and would start handing out penalties. The amount of fines has not yet been specified.

Places such as hotels and high-end shopping malls will bear the focus of the upgraded monitoring attention, the watchdog said.

Not all agree with the rule.

Some property managers said that because of the structure of their buildings, they had to keep the air conditioning lower than 26 degrees to ensure all sections are cool enough.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #1766
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:50 PM   #1767
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Construction Site of Fisherman's Wharf in East Bund Area,Yangpu District












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Old August 19th, 2011, 01:24 PM   #1768
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Site Planning and Urban Design of the North and South Districts in Hongqiao CBD Core

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Old August 21st, 2011, 02:59 AM   #1769
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Whats up with these types of designs. Why are they all munted looking boxes with green tops. Its become sort of a trend all around the world and it looks absolutely hideous. Why can't China build something better?
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Old August 21st, 2011, 05:49 PM   #1770
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Old buildings under threat from termites
Shanghai Daily
Aug 20, 2011

TERMITES are becoming a major threat to many of Shanghai's historic buildings, experts said yesterday.

Buildings built around the 1920s had become the main targets of the insect pests, because most of them were incorporated pine wood, an ideal food for the invaders, said an engineer and termite expert surnamed Zhou from the Xufang Greenery Co.

According to Zhou, who has been battling the insects for more than 30 years, about 60 percent of the city's historic buildings has termite problems and the situation is getting worse.

Owners of old buildings called the company every day, he said, especially during the recent hot weather and the plum rain season when the wood-eating insects would take to the air.

Door frames and walls in the former residence of Ba Jin (1904-2005), one of China's greatest writers, had been eaten through, he said. The brick-built British-style country house on Wukang Road dates from the 1920s.

Other seriously-affected buildings include the Xuhui Art Museum, a European-style villa, the former Shanghai headquarters of the Kuomintang Party on Nanchang Road and the Deke Erh Art Center on Taikang Road.

Some historic residential communities, including the 77-year-old Jing'an Villa, also have termite problems. Residents there say the insects are often seen flying around the street lamps every night during the summer.

Termites have been a deep-rooted problem in the city for many years, said Fang Yuqing, deputy secretary of a working committee of the Shanghai Property Management Association.

A major reason was the lack of professional exterminators, Fang said. Some companies only killed the insects in houses and ignored public areas where the nests were usually hidden, so the termites would soon return, he said.

Zhou said many of today's termite companies failed to reach a professional standard. "They would simply spray pesticide and take out some dead bodies of the insects to show to the customers."

Zhou said the job required special skills to be able to trace the source of the infestation, but few people could do that now.

Zhao is nearing retirement age but has no apprentices. Few people are willing to take on the job.

Fang said many residents would try to deal with the problem themselves, cutting away wood that had been affected and throwing it away.

But this only helped spread the problem, Fang said.

It usually cost 300 yuan (US$46.98) to remove a nest, or about 3,000 yuan per square meter to eliminate the problem.

Fang said the city government should launch a city-wide termite elimination campaign once a year that would more effectively control the problem.

In June, swarms of termites were reported in the city's Jing'an, Hongkou and Xuhui districts. Experts said the termites were on the move in a bid to establish new colonies.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 07:04 PM   #1771
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This one is already under construction.
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Old August 23rd, 2011, 04:03 PM   #1772
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Shanghai denies making a bid to host 2028 Olympics
2011-8-23

Shanghai Sports Bureau denied online rumors that the city is bidding to host the 2028 Summer Olympics.

Rumors were rife on the Internet that Shanghai had earmarked several land plots to build sports venues for the Olympic Games. The venues were scattered in Baoshan and Pudong districts, Shanghai East Radio reported today.

A Sports Bureau official who spoke on condition of anonymity said it is impossible for the city to bid for the 2028 Olympics. Baoshan and Pudong district governments also said they had never heard of such thing.
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Future development of The Riverside Area of Yangpu District

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High-end fashion planned for cheap road
Shanghai Daily
Aug 25, 2011

Qipu Road, a well-known market for cheap clothes, will be transformed into a creative, high-end fashion center with entertainment venues, parks and offices, plus an upgraded shopping mall for clothes, officials said yesterday.

The 1-kilometer-long road spanning Zhabei and Hongkou districts will also have wedding photo studios and hotels, while shop windows will display garments of famous domestic brands, said Sun Yu, an official with the Bureau of Planning and Land Resources.

The change to higher-tier brands comports with Zhabei government plans to turn the region into a financial center, said a planning official surnamed Wang with the Zhabei commerce commission.

A new e-commerce platform will also be established for the new market where consumers and wholesalers can buy and trade clothes online, Wang told Shanghai Daily.

The Qipu Road Garment Market - also known as "Cheap Road Market" among foreigners - includes 10 malls mostly doing wholesale business. The malls attract tens of thousands of customers on an average day, with daily numbers reaching 200,000 during holidays.

The district government hinted in May that the popular market might become "high end," despite an online survey showing that more than 70 percent of local people opposed the plan because they said "citizens just need a place like that to sell cheap products."

"The low-end face of the market had to be lifted for the urban plan to turn a 3.2-squre-kilometer area near the market into an international business district," said another official with the commission surnamed Gu.

The area along the city's Suzhou Creek is planned as an urban center for Shanghai's financial sector and international companies by 2015, the planning bureau said on its website. The bureau will publicize the plan until September 21 and received public opinions.

The creek waterfront will become an eco-friendly corridor for sightseeing and relaxation, with five parks and several yachting marinas, Sun said.

Sightseeing cruises will travel along the waterway by 2015, she added.

Old buildings, including many traditional shikumen (stone-gated) houses of Shanghai, will be renovated and be used mostly as art and cultural centers. Residents now living in the buildings will be moved out soon, Sun said.

The decades-old Sihang Warehouse on Guangfu Road alongside the creek will house a new museum and be restored, and it will also be home to creative companies and studios, Sun said.
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Matchless museums

By Chen Yufei | 2011-8-26



Yachts dock at Changfeng Yacht Exhibition Hall, formerly the Shanghai Test Paper and Reagent Factory, along the Suzhou Creek with a 70-meter-high smokestack at the backdrop. The remaining old factories and offices along the creek are being renovated and restored to house museums and exhibition sites.
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2 workers killed as scaffolding collapses

By Wen Yin | 2011-8-19



Workers look at the collapsed scaffolding at the construction site of Metro Line 16 yesterday in Pudong.
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How did the scaffolding collapse - poor worksmanship or wind?
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How did the scaffolding collapse - poor worksmanship or wind?
Initial investigations showed the collapse was related to a loose base on the scaffolding. Storms and heavy rain were cited as possible reasons.

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Watchdog to tackle site safety loopholes
By Dong Zhen | 2011-8-24 |

CITY construction officials yesterday vowed to clamp down on safety loopholes, after two workers died when scaffolding collapsed last week.

Four workers were also injured in the accident last Thursday on a construction site for a new stretch of Metro Line 11.

Shentong Group, the city's Metro operator, said initial investigations showed the collapse was related to a loose base on the scaffolding.

The government is still investigating.

Shanghai's construction watchdog said the number of construction accidents increased substantially in the early part of this month, compared to July.

Storms and heavy rain were cited as possible reasons.

But the higher accident rate shows "there are alarming loopholes and much room for improvement in terms of construction site safety" in Shanghai, construction officials said yesterday evening.

They did not release the exact number of construction accidents so far this month.

Fearing more storms, the construction commission yesterday ordered all construction site operators to check and reinforce scaffolding.

When wind speeds reach a certain level, all construction operations must be suspended, officials said.

Watchdogs will increase spot checks, officials said.

The authority said the number of construction site accidents and fatalities in the first six months this year dropped by 23 and 25 percent respectively from a year earlier, without giving figures.

After Thursday's collapse, some construction workers said they suspected days of rains had softened the scaffolding ground base.
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Dubious honor for Nanjing Rd.
By Lu Feiran | 2011-8-28

SHANGHAI'S Nanjing Road E. and Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars were listed among the "world's 12 worst tourist traps" by cnngo.com, a travel guide website under the US-based television news network CNN.

Nanjing Road E. was No. 4 on the list. The website said the road, which bills itself as the "best shopping street in China," is in reality far from that.

The road, whose history can be traced back 150 years, was once known as the "Number One Commercial Street in China." Most guidebooks recommend tourists check it out for its history.

"Apart from a handful of old shops, any sense of history is largely gone," said the website. It added: "Locals are a rare sight. Ubiquitous brands that can be found on any major shopping street in Shanghai, however, are all too common."

As expected, the list provoked a rapid response by Chinese readers online.

"Foreigners are not be able to appreciate the beauty of Nanjing Road E.," said a Shanghai woman on weibo.com. "Nanjing Road E. after sunset is like a shut-up amusement park, which is both romantic and tranquil."

Meanwhile, the Avenue of Stars, ranked No. 2. The website said it was built in 2004 and was designed with Chinese mainland tourists in mind.

Mainland tourists here are led by flag-toting tour guides as they stumble toward the promenade's highlight, a statue of Bruce Lee in kung fu pose.

"A lack of comfortable resting areas and focus on souvenir photo booths makes the whole experience about as satisfying as a sneeze that doesn't quite come out," according to the website.

The worst tourist trap in the world, according to the website, is Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

New York City's Times Square was No. 3 while Winston Churchill's Britain at War Experience in London, United Kingdom was No. 5. The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy was No. 8.

The heavily advertised attractions were described as "bland misrepresentations" or "expensive time eaters," and that they often leave a bad taste in your mouth, kind of like "burnt coffee."
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