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Old November 20th, 2011, 08:39 AM   #1901
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China Pavilion to be art gallery to 'rival New York and Paris'

By Yang Jian | 2011-11-14



SHANGHAI is to transform the Expo 2010's China Pavilion into an art gallery to rival those in New York and Paris, the city government announced yesterday.

The new gallery in the Pudong New Area - to be called the China Art Palace - will be on a par with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, a senior official said.

This is part of a plan to make Shanghai "an international cultural metropolis," Zong Ming, deputy head of the Publicity Department of Shanghai's Party committee, told a press conference yesterday.

The China Art Palace will collect top-level art from home and abroad, primarily to showcase the origins and development of China's modern arts.

It is part of a plan by the city government to build 16 new major museums and art galleries and many smaller museums by 2015 and make Shanghai an "international cultural metropolis," said Zong.

"In the future, Shanghai residents will be able to find a museum and cultural venue within a 15-minute walk of their homes," she said.

"The number and quality of art galleries and museums is an important measure of cultural standing - cities such as New York and Paris are famed for their top-level galleries," said Teng Junjie, art director of the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture Radio Film and TV.

The palace, which will cover an area of 70,000 square meters, will open on a limited basis next October, Zong said.

Most facilities from the former China Pavilion can be retained, bringing considerable savings, she said.

The three levels of the former main exhibition hall of the Expo pavilion will showcase the history and development of modern art of Shanghai and China, while the former joint pavilion for Chinese provinces and municipalities will have separate exhibition rooms for famous Chinese modern artists, including top Shanghai painter Cheng Shifa, said Teng.

"The China Art Palace will be a cultural and arts venue to impress the world and drive the development of China's art," said Hong Hao, the former top Expo 2010 organizer.

The gallery will include some exhibits from the Shanghai Art Museum in Puxi, which is now too small for requirements, Teng said.

Due to space constraints, more than 30,000 artworks are not on display at the city's existing art galleries, said Teng. These cover just 6,800 square meters.

And inadequate gallery space has prevented the city attracting some international exhibitions, officials said.

Another new development, the China Contemporary Art Museum, will stand on the opposite bank of the Huangpu River to the art palace in a 100-year-old power plant featuring the "weather chimney" from the World Expo site.

The museum, which is set to cover 15,000 square meters in the former Urban Future Pavilion, will open at the same time as the art palace.

"After the establishment of the new projects, Shanghai will have three major museums - the existing Shanghai Museum, the Shanghai Art Palace and the China Contemporary Art Museum - for historic, modern and contemporary artworks," Teng said.

Also at the former Expo site, the Expo Museum will be built in the former Zone D area and open to the public in 2015, Zong said.

The SAIC-GM Pavilion will become the Shanghai Children's Art Theater in 2013 and an international dance center will be built near the Hongqiao Development Zone in Changning District.

An archeological museum will open in 2013 on the Songze Ancient Culture Ruins in Qingpu District. This is the origin of the Songze Culture (3900-3200 BC), one of the city's earliest cultures.

Other planned projects include the China Modern and Contemporary News Publication Museum; the Museum of Shanghai History; the Shanghai Intangible Cultural Heritage Center and Shanghai Library (second phase).
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Old November 20th, 2011, 04:27 PM   #1902
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Any idea what will happen to the other permanent pavilions, especially the Saudi one?
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Old November 21st, 2011, 05:10 AM   #1903
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Saudi pavilion already opened to individual visitors.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:01 AM   #1904
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Twin towers set to rise on the Bund

By Niu Yixin | 2011-11-22 |


Preparation work under way on a piece of land on the Bund that was the most expensive parcel in Shanghai when it was sold for 9.22 billion yuan (US$1.44 billion) last February. Construction of two 180-meter towers will start next month on the site after its original buyer Shanghai Zendai Property reportedly sold the parcel to Fosun Group for 9.57 billion yuan on November 2. Plans of the twin towers complex attracted accusations that they would ruin the skyline of the historic Bund and the height of three side buildings has been lowered to below 80 meters to make the project more harmonious with the rest of the Bund's architecture.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 06:43 AM   #1905
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:11 AM   #1906
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Finally U/C!
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 11:36 PM   #1907
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Which project is this?
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 12:45 AM   #1908
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This one: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1883
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Old November 29th, 2011, 12:41 PM   #1909
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Reservoir to bring clean water to Chongming residents
2011-11-29
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SHANGHAI began to build a reservoir today on its northern Chongming Island to improve water quality there. The Dongfengxisha Reservoir on the island's southwest bank will store water from the Yangtze River, Shanghai Water Authority says.

It is Shanghai's second largest water project after the Qingcaosha Reservoir and is scheduled for completion by January 2014. The new reservoir can supply clean tap water to the island's 700,000 or so residents.

A 12-kilometer dam will be built to form 3.74-square-kilometer reservoir, which takes no land from surrounding farms and nearby Xisha wetland, officials say.

Currently, island residents are drinking brackish water from wells and rivers.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #1910
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Just found them on gaoloumi, but I dont speak chinese (yet) so my abilities are limited....
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Old December 7th, 2011, 05:19 AM   #1911
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Movie, cultural theme area set for downtown

By Yang Jian | 2011-12-7

THE bank of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai's downtown area will become a cultural center of the city with new cinemas, a museum about the history of Chinese movies, and headquarters for the video and film industries, the Zhabei District government announced yesterday.

The 3.19-square-kilometer tract, in an area known as Suzhou Creek Bay, will become a district with a rich cultural atmosphere, Song Qingtong, vice director of the Suzhou Creek Construction and Development Office of the district, told a press conference.

"The area will be on a par with the bank of the Seine River in Paris after the Suzhou Creek Bay area to be constructed by 2015," said experts with the Development Research Center of Shanghai government who made plans for the area.

The area will have functions of business and trade, tourism and accommodation but will be centered on the city's history and culture, with historic buildings and old factory houses retained, Song said.

As part of the plan, a Chinese Film Museum and a new IMAX cinema will be built because Shanghai is the cradle of Chinese films, according to the center.

The Shanghai International Film Festival and television festival eventually will be moved to the area.

Film studios and organizations for movie-making and performance training will be attracted to the area to make the film industry a main business there, the center said.

To support the growth of Qipu Road, a well-known market for cheap clothes scheduled to be upgraded to a fashion center, a fashion exhibition center is planned to drive clothing design, trade and brand development.

Old buildings, including many traditional shikumen (stone-gated) houses of Shanghai, will be renovated and be used mostly as art and cultural centers, said Sun Yu, an official with the Bureau of Planning and Land Resources of the district.

The buildings' 2,700 residents will be moved out as they have long wished because living conditions are poor, according to Song.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 10:28 AM   #1912
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Oh, I read about this in ShanghaiDaily. It's gonna be awesome, really looking forward to all kinds of cultural projects going on in this city. onthebund you seem to know most things going on, do you know any news about the forthcoming Shanghai Opera to be built along the river?
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Old December 8th, 2011, 06:44 AM   #1913
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Well, at this moment I don't know any latest news about that new project.
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New international school planned

By Even Liang | 2011-12-7

A new international school is planned for Yangpu District amid the growing number of expat residents there, officials said yesterday.

The new school will be built in the Jiangwan area by 2015, according to the latest five-year development plan issued by the district. The new private school will adopt an international curriculum and admit mostly foreign students although it will be open to a few Chinese students.

The district currently has no international school specifically for expat children. The international departments of high schools are too small to meet the market.

Shanghai has 32 international kindergartens, schools or departments designed for foreign students. Most are in suburban areas. The downtown area is in urgent need of international schools.

Rather than erecting new international schools, the education authorities prefer to encourage expat students to attend schools with local students to learn Chinese language and culture.

More foreign students are coming along with their parents amid the city's increasing need for overseas elites. More than 23,500 foreign students were studying in Shanghai kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in 2009, the latest information available.
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Old December 9th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #1915
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Section of old city wall to get protection

By Yang Jian | 2011-12-8


The remains of the Ming Dynasty wall.

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SHANGHAI'S cultural relics protection authority yesterday confirmed it will protect what remains of Shanghai's Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) city wall and restore it to its original look despite a new residential building that has been under construction at the site.

A 50-meter-long section of the 458-year-old wall near Yuyuan Garden in Huangpu District has been mostly dismantled during the construction, leaving only 20 meters remaining, despite the construction firm's promise to keep it intact.

"The authority has halted the construction on the site and will try to restore the whole structure with the original bricks from the dismantled section," said Tan Yufeng, director of the Shanghai Cultural Relics Management Commission.

The section of wall was built in about three months in 1553 to protect the area from Japanese pirates, according to the city's history. It was part of the original city wall, which totaled 4.5 kilometers long and was 8 meters tall.

The city's military authority in 1912 ordered the wall's destruction because it impeded transportation and commerce, but a small section, including the part to be protected now, was left standing.

The remaining 70-meter-long wall was discovered in 2008 after surrounding old residential buildings were torn down and the residents were moved out. But part of the wall was destroyed after construction began in 2009 on a new residential building.

The ancient wall is now hidden behind scaffoldings of the new building. It is supported by iron shelves as a temporary protection measure. Some cracks appear on the wall that residents living nearby said were caused by the construction.

Local residents said the construction company promised to protect the historic wall when it began construction but it still damaged part of the structure. The construction firm, Shanghai Luxiangyuan Housing Co, declined to comment yesterday.

The Huangpu culture bureau is requiring the company to make a plan to restore the 50-meter section it damaged, an official with the bureau told local media yesterday. But a detailed protection plan has yet to be produced because the wall was included in the planned area for the new construction.
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New passages to make Lujiazui pedestrian-friendly
Shanghai Daily
2011-12-12

APART from elevated walkways, underground passages will be built to make the Lujiazui central business district pedestrian-friendly.

Construction started this morning on five underground passages to connect the Shanghai International Finance Center, the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai Center and the green park near the Jin Mao Tower.

The new passages will also add 24,108 square meters of commercial space to the area for restaurants and shops. The construction is expected to be completed by 2014.

Underground passage construction is just one of the 11 Lujiazui projects kicked off this morning. Others include 2,144 square meters of recreational facilities along the north riverfront and a fashion street targeting white-collar workers.

Lujiazui officials said 90 Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed in the green park, bus stations and other public venues.
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Better for Lujiazui. The place is a bit hard to walk around.
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