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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #1861
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Metro, roads boost Disneyland

By Dong Zhen | 2011-10-28

Tourists to the Shanghai Disneyland and its related resort in Pudong will get a dedicated Metro link and road access when it opens in 2015, Shanghai government officials said yesterday.

To facilitate the Disneyland project, the first on the Chinese mainland, a Metro link is to be constructed plus supporting highways.

Qin Yun, chief engineer with Shanghai Construction Commission, said: "We are revamping and constructing nine roads to build direct access to the core areas of Disneyland and the leisure resort. An elevated road for vehicles will be set up for tourists."

Some roads, such as Shenjiang Road, will be improved to boost their traffic capacity, according to Yin Hong, the city government's deputy secretary-general.

The initial cost to build the park is about 24.5 billion yuan (US$3.7 billion).

An additional 4.5 billion yuan will finance other aspects of the resort, including hotels and a retail, dining and entertainment complex.

The city government regards the project as vital in its bid to make Shanghai a world-class tourist destination. The first phase of the project is expected to attract 7.3 million visitors annually.

The park is about 21 kilometers from People's Square and 12km from Pudong International Airport.

Besides the Disney Metro link, Shanghai will start construction next year of other new subway projects, including the third phase of Metro Line 8, the third phase of Line 9, the second phase of Line 5, and Line 17, Yin said.

The subway projects are only part of the city's efforts to improve and expand public services and traffic infrastructure over the next four years, the government said.

Investment from 2011 to 2015 will be increased, officials said yesterday, without specifying the size of the planned investment.

Qin with the construction commission said: "The government will raise the budget to ensure quality in new infrastructure facilities and also to invest more in future projects."

From 2005 to last year, the city spent about 800 billion yuan constructing and renovating infrastructure, such as road, water and Metro projects.

Meanwhile, the city will shift its focus on new infrastructure work in the next four years from downtown to more outlying districts as the government boosts four new towns in the suburbs, according to Yin.

The towns include Nanqiao New Town in Fengxian District, Qingpu New Town, Jiading New Town and Songjiang New Town, according to Yin.

It is planned that Nanqiao will cover 10 square kilometers and it is projected to become an economic and residential center of Fengxian.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:39 PM   #1862
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Coal bunkers fuel art center project

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-10-29

OLD coal bunkers on the southern dock in Lujiazui area are to be transformed into a modern art center in a 2-billion-yuan (US$314 million) development, government officials said yesterday.

Construction on the center - comprising art galleries, art studios and a public sculpture park - will get under way before the end of this year. Work is expected to last a year.

Officials said the project will provide more cultural activities for workers in the city's financial district.

Further details will be announced during the Lujiazui Financial Cultural Festival which starts today.

Meanwhile, Lujiazui administrators disclosed that they are in negotiations with the Eslite Bookstore, one of the largest bookstore chains in Taiwan, about launching an outlet in the zone.

However, high land prices and limited space are major obstacles, as the business would include not only a bookstore but restaurants and other commercial facilities.

Many city bookstores have closed in recent years under the impact of rising rents, online rivals and e-reading.

This morning, more than 3,000 white collars are expected to take part in a run to mark the beginning of the Lujiazui Financial Cultural Festival.

Other opening activities include a pop concert and street performances along the waterfront.

The two-month festival will include lectures on China's currency policy, a golf competition and a bridge competition in the business zone.

Last month, construction of an overpass connecting the Super Brand Mall to the riverside boulevard in the area began to give visitors an easy access to the waterfront area.

The work is part of a 100-million-yuan project to revamp the southern riverfront area, which is due to be concluded by next October.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:43 PM   #1863
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Top Expo eatery reopens

By Yang Jian | 2011-10-29

A MICHELIN three-star restaurant that attracted daily queues of diners during the World Expo 2010 reopens next week.

When the Expo was on, visitors would wait for a hour for a table at Le Restaurant Ecole Institut Paul Bocuse on the fourth floor of the France's Rhone-Alps Pavilion.

One of the most popular foreign restaurants among Expo visitors, the 200-square-meter includes an open kitchen that allows visitors to watch the French chefs at work.

The Rhone-Alps Pavilion itself will reopen early next year with new exhibits on the Puxi site, after the French region yesterday signed a contract with local operators of the Expo pavilions.

Its reopening will help mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of a friendly relationship between Shanghai and the Rhone-Alps region, Jean-Jack Queyranne, the regional president, told Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng yesterday.

The four-story Rhone-Alpes Pavilion covers 3,000 square meters in the former Urban Best Practices Area.

Its restaurant will reopen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon, Thursday nights and Fridays from next week, said Sun Jinglei, a press official for the French pavilion.
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Cultural festival begins

By Zhang Dong | 2011-10-30


White-collar workers participating in a fun run at Shanghai's Lujiazui financial zone wave to onlookers yesterday as the Pudong New Area's central business district kicked off its 5th cultural festival.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #1865
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Chilly times ahead

2011-10-29


A helicopter lands on China's icebreaker Xuelong - Chinese for "Snow Dragon" - at a port inside the China Polar Research Center in the Pudong New Area. The ship sets off today on the country's 28th Antarctic research expedition, focusing on monitoring environmental changes at the pole.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #1866
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Corn catches the eye

2011-10-28


A visitor looks at the sculpture "Corn" at an exposition at ShanghaiMart yesterday. The exhibition, part of this year's Shanghai International Creative Industry Week, will end on Tuesday. The show areas cover about 18,800 square meters.
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Old October 30th, 2011, 07:01 PM   #1867
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Road section collapses into 5-meter long hole

By Zha Minjie | 2011-10-28


A man checks out a piece of collapsed road at Hengfeng Road and Chang'an Road, close to the Shanghai Railway Station, yesterday. The pit, 5 meters long and 2 meters wide, is as deep as 2 meters. The cave-in happened about noon.
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Collapsed road fixed, traffic resumes

By Wang Qingchu | 2011-10-28

TRAFFIC has resumed this morning on a section of road that had collapsed in downtown Shanghai yesterday.

An underground wastewater pipe beneath the intersection of Hengfeng Road and Chang'an Road caused the road collapse after it burst and washed away sand and soil from under the road surface, initial investigations found.

The water pipe was replaced and the excavated area filled up with soil last night.

The collapse was spotted yesterday afternoon. The hole, about 10 square meters long and located in the middle of the intersection, was about 2 meters deep.

Police said no vehicle was passing by when the collapse happened.
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Shanghai is well placed to harness new landscape

By Wang Yanlin | 2011-10-31

ASIA is likely to replace the European Union as the world's largest trading bloc in two or three years, and there is no better place than Shanghai to be in, former Secretary of the United States Department of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez said yesterday.

"Regionalization will be a trend in the short term in this very difficult and turbulent time," Gutierrez said at the annual meeting of the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council. "Asia is going to become the world's most important trading bloc in a few years' time, which presents Shanghai with an enormous opportunity."

Gutierrez said from a sheer commercial point of view, the greatest creation in the EU is its free trade of goods and services within the region, which has given the bloc a huge bargaining power and made it competitive.

Asia is now embarking on a similar road of regionalization, he said, noting that ASEAN plus three, or 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as well as China, Japan and South Korea, is a bold vision.

"If ASEAN plus three can continue to enhance its cooperation and ultimately construct an East Asia Free Trade Area, then this bodes very well for the future prosperity and stability within the region," Gutierrez, now a vice chairman of Citigroup Inc, said.

"I believe that it will enable Shanghai to play a key role and to enhance its position as a key hub within this trading bloc," he said.

To realize this vision, Gutierrez suggested China accelerate the reform to make the yuan regionally convertible, at least.
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No shortage of ideas at city's business forum

By Wang Yanlin | 2011-10-31

FROM developing an e-government to giving more support to small businesses with high growth potential, top leaders of global companies offered a bundle of advice yesterday for the Shanghai mayor to study in the next twelve months.

Other ideas ranged from speeding up construction of an international board to strengthening connection with other cities to guaranteeing food safety.

Yesterday, members of the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council gathered in the World Expo Center in Shanghai and shared their insights with Mayor Han Zheng under a theme "bolstering the market system."

"Shanghai is going to play a key role when Asia sets on the path to become the world's biggest trading bloc," said Carlos Gutierrez, former secretary of the United States Department of Commerce. "It is an enormous opportunity for Shanghai."

Laurent Beaudoin, chairman of Bombardier Inc, said Shanghai is well-positioned against peers like Hong Kong and Singapore, thanks to the central government's ambitious plan to transform Shanghai into a global financial, shipping, trade and economic hub by 2020.

To sharpen Shanghai's competitiveness, Beaudoin suggested the city government beef up efforts to improve the language skills among residents, lower corporate taxes, keep the talent pipeline full, reduce hurdles for mobility and provide executive training that can integrate management techniques from both the West and the East.

Severin Schwan, chief executive officer of Roche Group, expressed appreciation for Shanghai's establishment of a modern public health-care system, and expected closer partnership with the government to make specialized but costly medicine affordable in the city.

Topics at the meeting covered a wide array, including food safety.

"Bolstering a market system - promoting cross-border operation by multinationals in a modern, open, competitive and well-regulated market system - can help address systematic problems with food security and food safety," said Paul J. Fribourg, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Co.

There were also complaints at the one-day meeting.

Michael Diekmann, chairman of the board of management of Allianz SE, urged more opening-up for foreign insurers.

"Limited access to the insurance markets in Shanghai and other Chinese provinces remains the biggest single reason why creating a regional hub in Shanghai is currently not very attractive," Diekmann said.

The suggestions are expected to guide Shanghai's development until the next meeting of IBLAC a year from now.

The IBLAC was initiated in 1989 by Zhu Rongji, then Shanghai mayor who later became Chinese premier. He envisioned it as a platform for the world's top business leaders to provide strategic advice on the city's development.
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As city's growth slows, mayor points to quality

By Zhang Fengming | 2011-10-31

SHANGHAI'S gross domestic product expanded 8.3 percent during the first three quarters of 2011, a slowdown as the city focused on quality rather than quantity of economic growth, Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday.

The city's growth was 8.4 percent in the second quarter, and 8.5 percent in the first three months. A separate third-quarter figure was not given. The city's economy expanded 9.9 percent in 2010.

"We are keen to improve economic structure and build an economy with higher efficiency," Han told a press conference of the 23rd International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai meeting in the World Expo Center.

"Shanghai has to make breakthroughs in pushing forward economic restructuring in pursuit of a sustainable growth," he said. "The economic data of the first three quarters already showed positive signs for Shanghai with a new growth model."

The tertiary industry showed solid growth in the first nine months to lead the city's performance, as high-end services like financing, shipping and international trade expanded aggressively.

Manufacturing also improved, with electronics, auto, and pharmaceuticals taking a leading role.

"We think the pace, structure, and quality of the economy in the first three quarters are all showing a healthy and stable growth," Han said. "We think it's on the right approach of growth."

The housing market is also cooling down amid a strict implementation of the central government's curbs on the market. Han pledged a continued firm hand to follow the central government's tight policy on housing.

In 2005, the real estate sector accounted for more than 15 percent of the city's economy. In the first three quarters of this year, the contribution has been cut almost in half - to less than 8 percent.

The housing market has been stagnant in the recent quarter.

"We are optimistic about Shanghai's growth in 2012," Han said.

The city will finalize its targets for 2012 in December.

Meanwhile, the city is also working with the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation in drafting implementation guidelines on the coming trial of a value-added tax reform in the city in 2012. The guidelines will be posted soon, Han said.

"The new VAT reform aims to cut the tax burden to the services industry," he said.

The State Council said last week that China will start to lower corporate taxes in selected service industries next year under a trial scheme in Shanghai as the government acts to support companies saddled by rising costs and slowing growth.

Transportation and some service companies in Shanghai will have their business tax replaced by a value-added tax, a majority of which is deductible, starting January 1. The idea is to eventually expand the program to the whole nation. China will also introduce two lower-rate VAT categories - 11 percent and 6 percent - in addition to the existing VAT brackets of 17 percent and 13 percent.

Unlike the business tax, which is charged on a company's revenue regardless of its costs, a firm can deduct such as expenses as fuel and equipment under the new VAT. A large number of service enterprises now operating on high costs do not enjoy the benefits of VAT.

At the IBLAC meeting yesterday, Han said Shanghai is striving to grow its market mechanism through innovations and will open to the world's business as an efficient and transparent city.

"The Shanghai government will improve the market system and endeavor to offer a first-class environment to serve the market," Han said.

Shanghai is already home to the country's major stock market and is the site of China's sole exchange for bonds, currency, gold and financial derivatives.

The city aims to build up the Shanghai Stock Exchange as one of the world's top three bourses measured by market value and volume by 2015. Currently, the bourse is the world's third largest in volume and the sixth biggest in market value.
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A haunting experience

By Zhang Suoqing | 2011-11-1


A young woman meets a ghoulish-looking character in a haunted house in downtown Shanghai on Halloween yesterday. Western festivals have gained popularity with young Chinese in large cities.
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Shanghai tops the country in financial crimes

By Zhao Wen | 2011-11-1

SHANGHAI had the largest share of financial crimes reported nationwide from 2006 to 2010, according to a report released by the National Financial Crime Commission today.

The report said the number of financial crimes handled by local prosecutors accounted for more than 10 percent of the national total. The city was followed by Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces with a share of 9.24 percent and 8.48 percent respectively.

During the past five years, the number of financial crimes surged from 4,000 to 12,000 nationwide. More than 50,000 offenders involved in 30,000 cases were convicted, the report said.

China's Criminal Law specifies 37 kinds of financial crimes, including credit card fraud, bribery and corruption. Credit card fraud represented 38.8 percent of all the cases in the five years.

Shanghai also topped all other provinces and municipalities in the number of financial fraud cases with a share of nearly 14 percent. Zhejiang and Guangdong took the second and third places.

The National Financial Crime Commission was set up today in Shanghai to strengthen the fight against financial crimes, identify regulatory loopholes and provide professional advice to prosecutors when dealing with financial crimes.
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Dragon tee-off

By Dong Jun | 2011-11-2


From left: World No. 2 Lee Westwood of England, Adam Scott of Australia, Keegan Bradley of the United States, defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy - holding a huge golf ball and tee - and world No. 3 Rory Mcllroy of Northern Ireland, perform a traditional Chinese dragon dance during a photo call yesterday to promote the US$7 million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The four-day, 72-hole tournament kicks off at the Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club tomorrow. World No. 1 Luke Donald of England has withdrawn from the tournament as his wife, Diane, is expecting their second child.
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can we get some projects please?
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:32 PM   #1876
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new renders for the two 180m highrises on South Bund (next to the SOHO project)




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'For work they risk their lives'

By Zha Minjie and Xu Chi | 2011-11-4

OBLIVIOUS to the heavy rain, a man in a leather jacket stood just beyond the police cordon, gazing intently. Before him lay the bodies of two window cleaners who fell to their deaths yesterday in Changning District.

Occasionally, he spoke quietly to onlookers who were speculating about what had happened.

"For their work they risked their lives," sighed the man, surnamed Zhao, who should know as he has worked in the same dangerous trade.

Zhao, a passer-by, said he had been a high-rise window cleaner for six years but quit. "There are two things you need for that job; one is a license and the other is guts."

More than 1,000 window cleaners - a trade known as a SpiderMan - work on high-rises across the city, risking their lives on a daily basis, separated from death only by their securing ropes.

And increasingly, they are threatened by a lack of supervision on equipment checks and poor safety awareness, warned a local exterior wall cleaning industry committee.

An official, surnamed Wu, said many cleaning service companies don't check equipment regularly, meaning a SpiderMan may have to rely on aged or damaged ropes and tools.

For though the industry committee requires companies to check equipment, the absence of a supervising facility means regulations are often ignored, said Wu.

"The life of a cleaner depends on the rope that holds him," said Wu, "But there are no laws forcing companies to ensure equipment is safe."

Moreover, some workers do not even hold operation licenses, which need to be renewed annually after exams.

Zhao said the job is usually taken by migrant workers who shift jobs frequently, some working for several companies at one time.

"To save money, some companies only get one or two licenses but hire many workers," he explained.

To make matters worse, fierce competition among small cleaning companies is driving them to cut costs as much as possible, impacting on equipment checks and training, said Wu.

And when accidents happen, some cleaners are not covered by insurance, as their employers haven't bought any, he added.

Zhao, from Jiangsu Province, said in his time as a window cleaner he saw several injuries among colleagues who fell but were saved by safety locks.

And despite the dangers they face, high-rise window cleaners are poorly rewarded.

"Often, I didn't know where my next meal was coming from," said Zhao, who said workers receive about 150 yuan to 200 yuan for a day's work. "However, sometimes we waited for one month between jobs."

Zhao said many men from his hometown come to Shanghai to work in the trade.

Taking a final look at the bodies, covered by white sheets, Zhao walked away from the crowd as the rain got heavier. "Too bad for them," he said as he left.
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City school spending need do better

By Liang Yiwen | 2011-11-8

SHANGHAI is spending less on schooling than many other cities and areas in the Asia-Pacific region, according to new research.

The competitiveness report issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University yesterday, placed Western Australia top for investment in the elementary and secondary education.

Singapore came second, with Hong Kong sixth in the table of 33 leading cities and areas.

Shanghai was placed 22nd in the survey.

Hong Kong and Singapore spend 20 percent of their budgets on education, but Shanghai is still working to commit 15 percent of spending in this area.

Shanghai was ranked 18th for its overall performance in the study that also considered factors such as research and development, and communications.

For investment into R&D, the city was also placed 18th.

Overseas firms are still generous on R&D investment, despite economic concerns, said Luo Shougui, a major researcher.

The city was ranked 20th for its information and communications technology infrastructure.
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