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Old December 28th, 2013, 10:16 AM   #81
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The Cullinan - Horizon Azure has been taken over by the Armani Group. Total height will be 222m.

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Other proposed projects (~>200m)

1. Shimao Royal Hotel (成都世茂茂御酒店)
http://www.cdepb.gov.cn/detail.asp?id=23379 --- 210m 43 floor?
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...age%3D7&page=1 --- 208m 43f?
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2. (not known)
http://www.yizhengcg.com/004.html
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3. Zhongda International Building (中达国际大厦) ~200m?
http://biz.winshang.com/Xm-10961.html
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...pre_pos=5&ext=
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4. Chengdu Media Culture Center (成都传媒文化中心) >200m?
http://donghongguangsha.soufun.com/b...2_21599852.htm
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...extra=page%3D2
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5. Tianfu Pearl ?
http://www.archiwoods.com/projects/location2/35/
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6. Financial Street Plaza 240m?
http://www.archiwoods.com/projects/location2/53/
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...extra=page%3D6
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7. Wandering Clouds ?
http://www.archiwoods.com/projects/location2/36/
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8. Pearl River New City International (珠江新城国际) 248m?
http://www.cscec105.com/templates/T_...&contentid=407
http://www.archdaily.com/88195/new-c...y-center-rtkl/
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...e_pos=6&ext=CB
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9. Taihe International Center (泰和国际中心) ~200m?
http://www.gblock.cn/show-13-1296-1.html
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...pre_pos=9&ext=
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10. Lotte World (攀成钢乐天世界) ~200m?
http://korea.people.com.cn/205162/205789/8502914.html
http://morning.scol.com.cn/new/html/...fzb676939.html
http://115258.soufun.com/
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...e_pos=4&ext=CB
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Forte River island project (复地成都河心岛项目)
http://uachina.com.cn/index.php/defa...ntent/411.html
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...age%3D1&page=1
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Qin Huang Temple CBD (秦皇寺中央商务区) >300?
http://www.sc.gov.cn/10462/10580/105...10283152.shtml
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...extra=page%3D1
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Chengdu is going crazy it seems. I'm not opening a thread for these projects because I can't find sources, so probably they are mid-long term projects that wont be started till 2011 at least. Most renders were posted by 逆光, the moderator of bbs.upcd.org

Moi City, 79 floors. Likely around 290-330m.


Icon Tower, around 48 floors.


Rennan International Plaza, 201m
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NFF Longquan Plaza (联森成都龙泉广场) 250m x 2 ?

http://www.szjs.com.cn/works/1113.shtml
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...pre_pos=2&ext=

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世龙广场 ( Shilong Plaza) ~60fl.


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Jīnmàoyuè lóngshān (金茂悦龙山) 270m x 2 ?

http://www.jmzyjt.com/html/news1/show_news_w2_1_88.html
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...&extra=&page=1

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Kam Tung Creative Design Industry Center ( 锦东创意设计产业中心) 200m ?

http://news.cd.soufun.com/2014-03-19/12336671_all.html
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=229875

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JianHeng International Plaza (剑恒国际广场) 58 fl ?

http://www.cdxkz.gov.cn/itemshow.aspx?itemid=896
http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...e_pos=7&ext=CB

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East Station Plaza (?) (东站国际广场 > 大型地标综合体) Might be the same as previous.. 58 fl ?

http://bbs.upcd.org/forum.php?mod=vi...e_pos=8&ext=CB

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List of 150m< built and T/O buildings in Images

Credit goes to srainove and yikeswc at Chengdu UP! forum
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Old March 24th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #84
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Chengdu report: Logistics matter as Chengdu leads western development
24 March 2014
China Daily



China's newest panda ambassadors to Belgium - named Star and Friendship - arrived in Brussels on Feb 23 courtesy of shipping services provided by a branch of DHL in Chengdu established in the city's drive to improve logistics services.

Their arrival not only represents the friendship between Chinese and Belgian peoples but also symbolizes that Chengdu is opening up "in all aspects", said government officials of the capital city in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

The relocation of industrial infrastructure and redirection of investment to inland western regions has already provided Chengdu a historic opportunity to build an international metropolis, they said.

Recognizing the potential, the city government mapped out a comprehensive development strategy aimed at opening the city to more outside investment.

Part of the effort is to draw capital and expand its logistics network.

In light of the city's growth potential, global logistics giant DHL established an operations center in Chengdu in 2012 and thus moved its business focus within China to the western regions.

"Our company places a high value on Chengdu as an emerging market," said Zou Yin, general manager of DHL supply chain in China.

"In the next five to 10 years, the city will no doubt be an investment focus of the entire DHL group," Zou said.

Underlying the company's ambitions is a growing demand from investors drawn to Chengdu and local authorities' determination to develop logistics for a modern and international industrial structure.

Before he decided to invest in Chengdu, Terry Gou, present of Taiwan-based Foxconn, one of the world's largest electronics contract manufacturers, told the city government that his company had developed as much as it could in the eastern coastal region and that it was time to look west.

The question of whether to relocate all operations inland or just some depends on the quality and amount of logistical services available in the western regions, which Gou pointed out has long been a hindrance to local development.

Realizing that Gou was not alone in his concerns, Chen Zhongwei, director of the city's logistics office, said Chengdu's opening-up and internationalization could not be sustained without an advanced transportation and logistics network.

That is why the city government set up a logistics office, the first of its kind in the country, to boost the industry, Chen said.

Satisfied with the city's response, Foxconn established facilities in Chengdu and employed tens of thousands of workers there to make iPads for Apple.

At the same time, the investment-friendly atmosphere has also drawn other leading IT industrial players, including Dell, Lenovo and Compal, to the metropolis.

Now two-thirds of Apple iPads and half of laptop computer chips worldwide are made in the city and then are shipped to around the globe through international freight companies.

The advanced logistics services have integrated Chengdu into the global modern industrial system, local officials said.

International railway

An international railway linking Chengdu to Europe was put into operation last year. It runs almost along parts of the legendary Silk Road, where caravans shipped silk, jewelry and spices between China and European countries for sale some 2,000 years ago.

The ancient route was still in use until about six centuries ago. Nowadays, the land transport line totaling 9,826 kilometers has gained a new lease on life.

It takes 14 days to ship millions of laptop computers as well as PC accessories from Chengdu to Lodz in Poland. Then within three days, the shipments are delivered to customers in London, Paris, Berlin and Rome through the widespread European railway and road network.

This year, the running time of the trains is anticipated to be reduced to 12 days and freight trains will be doubled, according to the city's logistics office.

The international train service brought a change in the conventional development mode that an inland city had to depend on ports for an export-oriented economy.

The Chengdu-Lodz train service has become a new engine to realize Chengdu's goal as China's western gateway to opening-up, local officials said.

DHL announced in June 2013 that it launched weekly express freight train services, via the Chengdu-Lodz line.

Electronics manufacturers, including Dell, have begun to deploy the line for export from China.

If companies choose water routes, they will spend five weeks in total shipping products from inland plants to coastal cities of Shenzhen or Shanghai, then going around India and finally sail through the Suez Canal to Europe.

While ocean shipping costs 25 percent less than railway freight, the longer shipping time is still seen as a considerable cost for businesspeople, industry insiders said.

Jonney Shih, board chairman of computer maker Asustek, said shifting from ocean to railway will bring a marked improvement in inventory costs and delivery time. Asustek, the world third largest manufacturer of tablet PCs, next to Apple and Samsung, has begun to employ the train service.

Air routes

In addition to rail, Chengdu also has an edge in air transportation.

The first direct flight linking China's western and central regions to Los Angeles will take off from Chengdu in June, making it the fourth mainland city to offer direct flights to the United States.

The Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has opened 21 direct passenger flights to overseas destinations - including Tokyo, London and Abu Dhabi - and 22 charter and transit flights, covering Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, and South and East Asia, as well as Macao and Hong Kong regions.

With new facilities, including an airport runway and terminal, put into use, the Shuangliu airport managers are planning to open routes to Russia and Africa.

People entering or leaving China through the Chengdu airport's immigration entrance were reported at an average annual growth rate of 37 percent during the past four years, with a record 2.3 million last year.

And construction on another airport is planned to begin this year, enabling Chengdu to become the third city on the Chinese mainland that has two airports, after Beijing and Shanghai.

The move will reinforce Chengdu's strategic position as an aviation hub in western China and help to expand its global logistics network, government officials said.

As the fourth city on the mainland to adopt a "72-hour in-transit visa" policy, after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Chengdu has drawn more tourists and business people, which increased passenger flows at the Shuangliu airport.

The transit visa policy granted to Chengdu shows the Chinese government's attitude to advance the western regions' opening-up and participation in global economic competition, said Tang Jiqiang, a researcher at the Chinese finance research center at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.

Favorable environment

The flourishing logistics sector helps to secure more overseas investments. Foreign capital increased by 20 times over the past decade, with 252 Fortune 500 companies establishing facilities in Chengdu.

Among them is Maersk, one of the world's largest shipping logistics service providers. It set up a global information-processing center in Chengdu in 2010, moving its related businesses in Guangzhou and Shenzhen to the western inland city.

"The center has more than 1,200 staff, 90 percent of them from Chengdu," said the company's executives.

"Why we chose it - the city is rich in human resources. "

Huang Yunfei, a director of Dell's Sichuan project, said "it is not only the cheap yet high-quality labor force, but also Chengdu's influence over the entire western regions, that prompted our decision to invest here".

"Through this platform, we can freight our products to Northeast China or Southeast Asia, or ship them to North America and Europe via the international railway," Huang said.

Intel, another on the Fortune 500 list, has also joined the ranks of overseas investors in Chengdu.

As its plants have strict requirements for voltage stability, local officials streamlined administrative procedures and helped install high-quality wires in the shortest time to ensure the stability of power supply.

Huang Xinchu, Party chief of the city, said, "Only through building an international, first-class administrative environment can we gain a favorable position in the global economic landscape and seek better development."
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Wharf on pace in Chengdu
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Wharf Holdings (0004) has joined mainland developers in responding to tight liquidity and restrictions on housing deals by cutting prices at a residential project in Chengdu by up to 45 percent, or 5,000 yuan (HK$6,212) per square meter.

And Wharf's move on homes in the second and third phases of Le Palais spurred Vanke - China's largest developer by market value - into action.

Prices at its residential project at East Second Ring were lowered to 10,000 yuan psm from 11,500, People's Daily reported.

Flats at Le Palais sold for up to 11,170 yuan psm in February. Since units are in the 190-200 square meter range, that means some buyers now see a loss of more than 200,000 yuan.

Wharf vice chairman Andrew Chow On-kiu said the conglomerate aims to earn more and faster than its rivals.

Also, he said, Wharf will be ready to sell earlier and at lower prices if it perceives a glut of homes in the next couple of years.

Other Chengdu dealings saw a consortium led by Agile Property (3383) cut prices for undecorated units in the high-end Bo Ya Yuan development to 7,000 yuan psm from 8,800. And decorated units were slashed to 13,000 yuan psm, down by 6,000.

Experts see more price cutting ahead in Chengdu given loan tightening and other new rules.

Still, overall home prices in Chengdu last month rose by 0.3 percent year on year.
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City seeks to build western free trade zone
5 June 2014
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CHENGDU, a reform pioneer among western cities in China, has submitted an application to the Ministry of Commerce to create a free trade zone like the pilot one authorized in Shanghai last year.

“Such trials are important to accelerate China’s campaign of faster development in interior areas,” said Xie Kaihua, director of the commerce commission in Sichuan Province.

“Chengdu is an outstanding candidate due to its geographical, economic and cultural advantages.”

In as early as last July, two months before the unveiling of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Chengdu completed work on a draft plan for the trade zone.

Chengdu officials said the ministry regarded its draft plan as “very hopeful.”

Last September, the Shanghai pilot free trade zone was established to serve as a testing ground for further deregulation of the nation’s financial services. A string of reforms has been announced, including freeing up interest rates, expanding cross-border use of the yuan and promoting yuan convertibility under the capital account.

Free trade zones in general are areas where goods may be landed, handled, manufactured or reconfigured, and re-exported without the intervention of customs authorities. But China is now experimenting with free trade zones that go beyond traditional boundaries and become incubators for trying out new ideas.

Chengdu officials said their proposed zone has three main talking points.

Focus One: differentiated strength

Unlike the experimental zone in Shanghai that focuses on the services and financial sectors, Chengdu wants to create a zone concentrating on technology, drawing on its research and development capabilities, its educated labor force, and its manufacturing base.

“Chengdu’s free trade zone would be an upgrade to the city’s existing technology bonded area,” a government document said. “It will focus on close ties with European countries, with transport hub services and with institutions providing financial support to technology manufacturing.”

Focus Two: development of western China

With Shanghai locking up the eastern coast in terms of pioneering free trade zones, Chengdu’s plan offers the opportunity to extend that innovation to western areas of the country that the central government wants to see grow.

That gives Chengdu, as a hub of western development, an advantage.

“The free trade zone would free up trade duties, foreign exchange, interest rate movements and investment flows,” according to the city’s document. “It will greatly accelerate foreign investment, and hasten the process of manufacturing and services companies coming to Chengdu.”

It will also help transform the city into a western center for trade.

Focus Three: connecting to the world

The establishment of a free trade zone would be another step in China’s economic development since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. It would help Chengdu connect with the world, and focus overseas attention on western areas of the country that badly need financing to upgrade their economies.

It would also help local manufacturers retool to more modern methods, assist the government in providing better services and lift Chengdu to more international status.

Chengdu’s trump cards

Indeed, Chengdu holds quite a few trump cards in its quest to become one of the first cities to follow the Shanghai’s footsteps.

First, the city has a long history of trading with European countries. Its existing freight rail link with Eastern Europe dovetails nicely with China’s new plans to create corridors of new trade through central Asia to Europe along the old Silk Road.

Second, it has good relationship with Southeast Asian countries, including a technology park under construction in partnership with Singapore.

Third, Chengdu is a transport hub, home to the busiest airports and bus stations in China’s western areas.

Fourth, the city is already acknowledged as a strong center for technology development in China. It has already attracted likes of Hewlett-Packard and Dell. To date, 252 Fortune 500 companies have settled in Chengdu.

Fifth, it also has a strong financial base, with many major global banks operating branches in the city.

Ever since China’s central government started promoting its “Go West” policy in early 1990s, Chengdu as capital of Sichuan Province has stood at the forefront of the campaign.

The city opened China’s first municipal Bureau of Exposition, with a staff dedicated to promoting the convention and exhibition industry. It is China’s first model city in protecting intellectual property and the first to set up a government award system to encourage patent registration. It has been a pioneer in streamlining business approvals, was among the first cities to operate 4G telecom services, and was chosen the friendliest city in China for foreign investment by Fortune magazine.

Last year, Chengdu hosted the Fortune Global Forum and the World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention.

“To push forward, we must initiate reforms ourselves,” said Xie Kaihua, director of Sichuan Commerce Commission. “We think this free trade zone proposal fits into that thinking.”
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Merkel’s visit reflects city’s rising trade role
18 July 2014
Shanghai Daily

WHEN German Chancellor Angela Merkel chose Chengdu to start her recent three-day official visit to China, she picked a quickly urbanizing city that is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province.

“Chengdu’s economy is growing at a very high speed and is full of new opportunities and possibilities,” said the German chancellor at a forum on urbanization cooperation between the local province and Germany.

Delegates from German companies also spoke positively about the urbanization achievements in Chengdu and expressed willingness to seek further collaboration. The official German delegation and trade mission consist of more than 90 members.

Germany is China’s largest EU trade partner, and collaboration between the two countries is frequent in a number of areas. The European Project Innovation Center (Chengdu) was established in the Chengdu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in 2006, and 43 EU companies have located in Chengdu. The city is serving as something of a bridgehead as Europe seeks more business opportunities in China.

“The city, home to 15 million residents, is known for numerous international electronics and IT factories,” Der Spiegel journalist Nikolaus Blome wrote in an online report. “Assembly lines of electronics factories produce iPhones and iPads and ship them to destinations all over the world, and the chip industry has created a large number of factories here.”

It was Merkel herself who chose to start her visit from Chengdu, said Michael Clauss, German ambassador to China.

Xu Kuangdi, former vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the co-chairman of the 2014 China-Germany Dialogue Forum, said that Chengdu has become a new engine in attracting foreign investment and has provided new growth potential for China’s economy.

The city has been strengthening transportation infrastructure construction to consolidate its position as a traffic hub in western China.

Chengdu a rising aviation hub

Chengdu has opened a number of international flights. Air China’s flight between Chengdu and Frankfurt, launched on May 19, 2013, is the second direct flight between Chengdu and a European city. The flights can save travelers five hours or more, as they previously had to fly to Shanghai or Beijing to make their connection to Europe.

Last year, Chengdu launched flights to eight international destinations including Melbourne, Frankfurt, London and Doha.

By the end of June this year, the city had 231 international flights and cargo routes linking 173 domestic and international cities.

Chengdu is planning to start construction of a second airport at the end of this year to ease traffic and meet growing cross-border cargo and passenger transportation.

Re-opening of the Silk Road

The railway cargo route linking Chengdu and Europe was put into operation in April last year. This “New Silk Road” broadens the western gateway to Europe.

After a year of operation, inland cities no longer rely on coastal ports to get their merchandise exported to foreign countries.

The passageway covers 10 major European destinations in five countries including Kazakhstan and Russia, and finally reaches Poland, providing a cargo gateway to Europe for exporters in western China.

International logistics firm DHL announced last year it would launch a weekly cargo train using the Chengdu-Europe trading route.

It saves at least half of the transportation time compared to waterway transportation, which previously took five weeks.

The city’s logistics authorities said the running time of the railway route is expected to be cut to 12 days later this year.

A new phase of cooperation

Merkel attended the China-Germany Dialogue Forum 2014 during her stop in Chengdu. The forum, a non-governmental event established in Berlin in 2005, aims to explore bilateral cooperation in various fields and to make recommendations to the two governments. It marked the first time the forum in China was held outside Beijing, demonstrating Germany’s recognition of Chengdu’s economic development and its willingness to explore the growth potential in the city.

“The government’s ‘Go West’ policy gives foreign companies a lot of investment opportunities in Chengdu,” said Martin Brudermüller, vice chairman of the board of executive directors at the German chemical firm BASF SE and co-chairman of the forum.

“Chengdu has become BASF’s new investment choice, as our major clients are in the automobile industry and Chengdu has a well-developed automobile and IT industry,” he said in an interview with Chengdu Daily during the forum.

FAW-Volkswagen’s Chengdu factory produced its 1 millionth car in April this year, a three-year milestone that Juergan Unser, vice president and board member of FAW-Volkswagen, called a “China miracle.”

The Chengdu site is the second production base of FAW-Volkswagen after Changchun in Shenyang Province, and has been fully operational since the third phase of the project was put into use at the end of 2013.

Merkel sat in a new Jetta during her visit to the FAW-Volkswagen Chengdu factory.

Having attracted investment from multinational automakers such as Volkswagen, Toyota and Volvo, the Chengdu Economic Development Zone has become an important industrial base for car companies.

In Pujiang County, the city has also set up a small and medium-sized industrial park and a number of companies have located there, including Bosch Packaging Technology, Bosch Power Tools, and Bosch Packaging China Research and Development Center.

A total of 53 German companies had invested in Chengdu by the end of December last year, with a total capital injection of US$1.13 billion.

Last year, the trade value between Chengdu and Germany was US$1.51 billion.

More European connections

Chengdu has 23 sister cities, with 13 of them in Europe. The “New Silk Road” is reviving the trade passage, as well as providing a closer link between the city and European destinations.

Merkel’s visit put Chengdu under the spotlight of German media. The city is already a sister city with Bonn and established a friendly cooperation relationship with Berlin in 2007.

Chengdu has been sending delegates to the Asia-Pacific Week in Berlin to introduce the city’s business environment and its achievement in terms of sustainable urbanization development.

Last year, the Chengdu-Bonn sustainable low-carbon development partnership was launched with support from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and the Mercator Foundation, and implemented by E3G and Germanwatch.

Under the framework agreement, the Chengdu-Bonn sustainable development forum was held in the two cities in January and October last year, respectively, bringing together government agencies, research institutions and non-governmental organizations to discuss a wide range of subjects including low-carbon development, green architecture and enterprise energy saving plans.

During her visit, Merkel was deeply impressed by Sichuan cuisine and stopped for a short visit at the local Shen Xian Shu market, showing a fascination for its diverse selection of seasonings.

“I still have to learn how to make good use of them to make nice food out of them,” she was quoted by the Bild as saying.

The wide range of food seasonings for which Sichuan is well known is an apt metaphor for the variety of attractions and advantages that Chengdu has shown during China’s long-standing trade relationship with Germany.
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Bit more on the Lotte project. Looks like there is definitely some action on the ground at this site, cranes, diggers etc...I'll take a photo next time
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Wanda Reign "First 7 star hotel in Western China". This one is already growing. In the renders it looks tall, at least 180-200m. I can't find a height any where.
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Chengdu pushes hard for China’s second FTZ
17 October 2014
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CHENGDU, capital city of China’s southwestern Sichuan Province, has tested the waters for the creation of a free trade zone through running some trials that have been proven effective in Shanghai.

The effort has put the city ahead of other candidates that have applied to establish free trade zones like the pilot one in Shanghai.

“We have learned about Shanghai’s experience and chosen those that fit into the needs of Chengdu to energize the city’s growth,” Chengdu government officials told a conference held in August.

While Shanghai was celebrating the first anniversary of the establishment of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone last month, Chengdu had started replicating selected policies that did not contradict existing laws or rules. The provincial government of Sichuan has allocated 8.77 square kilometers, covering the Chengdu High-Tech Comprehensive Bonded Zone and the Chengdu Airport Bonded Logistics Zone, as the test ground for the new policies.

“These areas represent our FTZ-to-be,” officials said. “Based on the experience of Shanghai, we have sorted out 17 missions in four main aspects to upgrade our bonded areas in function and to improve our works.”

Four main aspects in works

The four aspects are the construction of a more transparent investment management system, a more convenient trade operation system, a mechanism to incubate stronger innovation and a better ex-post supervision system.

The efforts are expected to bear fruit within a year after a detailed plan was approved by the authorities in August. Officials are starting to implement the planned policies now. Chengdu expects to have conducted an evaluation on the trial’s results by August next year.

“Chengdu is very open-minded,” said Shi Lei, an economics professor at Fudan University. “The city is a quick learner, an active doer, and has an innovative spirit that makes it never shy away from hurdles or impediments.”

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Zone to zero in on technology

Chengdu was among the first batch of cities that submitted an application to the Ministry of Commerce to create a free trade zone like the pilot one in Shanghai. With Shanghai locking up the eastern coast in terms of pioneering free trade zones, Chengdu plans to offer the opportunity to extend that innovation to western areas of the country that the central government wants to see grow.

Unlike the experimental zone in Shanghai that focuses on the services and financial sectors, Chengdu wants to create a zone concentrating on technology, drawing on its research and development capabilities, its educated labor force, and its manufacturing base.

The establishment of a free trade zone would be another step for Chengdu to connect with the world and focus overseas attention on western areas of China that badly need financing to upgrade their economies.

Chengdu holds quite a few trump cards compared to other FTZ candidates such as Tianjin, Xiamen and Guangzhou, in its quest to become one of the first cities to follow Shanghai’s footsteps.

First, the city has a long history of trading with European countries. Its existing freight rail link with Eastern Europe dovetails with China’s new plans to create corridors of new trade through central Asia to Europe along the old Silk Road.

Second, it has a good relationship with Southeast Asian countries, including a technology park under construction in partnership with Singapore.

Third, Chengdu is a transport hub, home to the busiest airports and bus stations in China’s western areas.

Fourth, the city is already acknowledged as a strong center for technology development in China, attracting the likes of Lenovo, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota and Volkswagen. To data, 255 of the Fortune 500 global companies have targeted the city for investment.

Fifth, it has a strong financial base, with many major global banks operating branches in the city.

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All-in-one proves appealing in Chengdu
5 December 2014
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Tianfu New Area in Sichuan province, China's newest national-level development area, is leading the way as the city pursues a development path that puts people at the heart of a modern metropolis.

Located at the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Yangtze River Economic Zone, two of China's key national strategies, Tianfu New Area was approved by the State Council in early October as the country's 11th national-level development area.

But while following in the successful footsteps of other new areas such as Shanghai Pudong New Area and the Chongqing Liangjiang New Area, Tianfu has also sought to blaze a new trail as it promotes opening-up in the western regions, enhancing economic growth in the inland regions and pushing forward the country's economic restructuring.

"Different from the other 10 new areas, we were well aware that we wanted to strike a balance between industrial development and improving people's living environment and lives," said Liu Limin, a planning officer for the area.

The area was established in 2010 and consists of 37 town-level districts in Ziyang city, Meishan city and Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan province.

It covers 1,578 square kilometers, 82 percent of which are in Chengdu.

China's fast growth over the past three decades has led to a boom in new towns across the country.

These new areas are often characterized by impressive construction projects, but they are usually plagued by traffic jams, environmental pollution and a shortage of housing.

Tianfu New Area, however, has adopted a new model of urbanization to try and avoid these urban diseases, Liu said.

It consists of 35 "all-in-one city units", each of which covers 20 to 30 square kilometers with a population of around 250,000.

Each unit is like a small city, featuring not only company headquarters, research and development facilities, production plants and outsourced services providers, but also retail and leisure facilities such as shopping malls, cinemas, and restaurants.

The Tianfu New Area in Chengdu also features several famous schools, hospitals and large-scale commercial complexes, along with international standard exhibition and convention venues, a financial center and luxury hotels.

The Singapore-Sichuan High-tech Innovation Park in the Chengdu part of the New Area brings industry, culture and nature in perfect harmony with one another.

Jointly developed by Singapore and the Sichuan provincial government, the park is planned to cover 10.34 square kilometers and house 120,000 residents, and is expected to attract a total investment of 100 billion yuan ($16.3 billion) from 2012 to 2020.

The park focuses on eight pillar industries - IT, biomedicine, service outsourcing, new digital media, precision machinery, environmental technology, finance and training - but it also embodies and embraces modern life for living.

"Residents' convenience was the first priority when planning the park," said Cui Wei, CEO of Sino-Singapore (Chengdu) Innovation Park Development Co Ltd, which is responsible for overall planning, construction and marketing of the park.

"People don't need to drive far for a walk, for example. They can just park their cars in the underground lots and walk into the green areas just outside their homes after dinner," he said.

Cui said the park is also planned to be an environmentally friendly community.

The planners of Tianfu New Area hope it will accelerate Chengdu's development toward a modern, international and environmentally sound metropolis that is conducive to finance, trade and living.

A variety of high-end industries have already been introduced to the new area, and the park's office in San Francisco is recruiting new IT companies and leading biomedical businesses headquartered in the United States to move to Tianfu New Area.

Tianfu Software Park, which mainly focuses on the IT industry, has already attracted more than 400 companies, including 33 Fortune 500 companies, such as IBM Corp, Philips NV, Siemens AG and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

While Longquanyi district has become an important production base for the automobile industry with FAW-Volkswagen, FAW Toyota, Volvo and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd all having investments in the area.
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China's Chengdu plans new $11 billion airport to ease congestion
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BEIJING, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Chengdu, the largest city in southwest China, has received regulatory approval to build a 69.3 billion yuan ($11.2 billion) airport, the official Sichuan Daily said on Thursday, marking the country's second major airport investment in less than a year.

The new Chengdu facility will have three runways, capable of handling 40 million passengers upon its completion in 2025, according to the paper.

China is scrambling to build facilities to manage its fast-growing aviation sector, as congestion at major airports lead to endemic delays and growing passenger frustration.

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Chengdu's existing Shuangliu International Airport, first built in 1938, is the fifth busiest airport in the country and serves as a hub for inland China destinations for such carriers as Air China Co Ltd, AirAisia X Bhd and Korean Air Lines Co Ltd among others.

Passenger throughput at the Shuangliu facility increased 12.8 percent to over 37 million last year, more than doubling the volume of 13.9 million in 2005. It could reach its designed capacity of 40 million as early as next year, according to some estimates.
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CHENGDU, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The death toll has risen to three following a gas explosion in an incomplete road tunnel in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the project undertaker, the Power China Road Bridge Group Co. Ltd., a body retrieved by rescuers at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday was one of the four construction workers it lost contact with when the blast happened in the No. 1 Tunnel of Wuluo Road at around 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

It is not known how many people were inside at the time of the accident.

One of the other two bodies recovered earlier has been identified as a local farmer. The other body has been burnt and can not be identified immediately.

The high concentration of gas in the tunnel is making the rescue very difficult, said Huang Xinchu, head of the rescue headquarters.

Local hospitals have taken in 20 people injured in the blast. Two of them are still in critical condition.

Wang Zhichang, an expert with the Chengdu Safety Inspection Bureau, who is with the rescue team at the blast site, said the tunnel has two lanes designed for traffic to flow in opposite directions. Workers had dug in 800 meters before the blast happened.
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Delegation seeks funds for Tibet rail project
16 March 2015
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The construction of the Sichuan-Tibet railway should be incorporated into the country's next five-year plan, according to the Sichuan delegation at the annual session of the National People's Congress.

The delegation said on Tuesday that the central budget should include a special fund for the railway. The 1,800-kilometer line will connect Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, with Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet autonomous region, and construction will cost 200 billion yuan ($32 billion).

Last year, the central government approved the construction of sections linking Lhasa to Nyingchi in eastern Tibet, and Chengdu to Ya'an in western Sichuan.
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A homeowner in southwest China caused a safety scare after he dismantled the walls between six adjacent flats that he owned to make them into a single loft-style apartment, local media reported.

A neigbhour complained to the Chengdu Economic Daily in Sichuan province that she saw window panes falling out of the building and went upstairs to investigate, only to find that the walls between three adjoining flats already removed.

The owner explained that he liked the residential area but by the time he bought his flats there were no large ones left.

He then bought six small flats on the same floor to convert them into one large apartment with a living room of 70-80 square metres, a 30 square metre study and two 20 square metre bedrooms with the remaining space for bathrooms and a kitchen.

The property management company said it could not intervene because the renovations had not damaged any load-bearing walls, endangered public safety or violated others' rights.

It also said it believed the Chengdu housing authority had inspected and approved the construction work, so the owner was entitled to renovate the flats as he liked.
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Chengdu aims to be transport hub
30 May 2016
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Chengdu, a mega city in western China, is building itself into a world-class aviation hub.

The city started construction of a new airport - Chengdu Tianfu International Airport - on May 27, making it the third city on the Chinese mainland to have a second civil airport.

With an investment of 71.86 billion yuan ($11.7 billion), the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport will be located in Lujia township, 50 kilometers southeast of downtown Chengdu.

It is expected to be completed in 2019 and go into operation in 2020, said Dai Yongbo, deputy director of the Sichuan Development and Reform Commission.

"The new airport is of vital importance for Chengdu to boost opening-up and regional development," he said.

Liu Yi, deputy chief architect of the China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, which designed the new airport, said the first phase of the project would include three runways, with the capacity to handle 320,000 flights, 40 million passengers and 700,000 metric tons of cargo annually by 2025.

The long-term target for the airport is to have six runways, with annual capacity of 90 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo.

"The Chengdu new airport, which is designed to lead the times, will feature smart services, natural and cultural landscape and green technology," Liu said.

The airport will be highly intelligent and automatic with the use of smart technology, such as an electronic luggage tracing system, self-boarding system, intelligent baggage transport system and biometrics identification technology, Liu said.

The airport will integrate the terminals with all means of transportation, including intercity railway, subway, buses, taxis and private cars. Passengers will be able to walk to any of the transportation options from the central part of the terminal within only a few minutes.

Through the intercity railway, highways and subway linked to the new airport, passengers can easily reach downtown Chengdu and its neighboring cities. The subway that will connect the new airport with downtown will travel at speeds as high as 140 km/h, so a one-way trip will only take half an hour.

Liu said the design of the new airport was inspired by traditional Shu culture. "For example, the main frames of the terminals look like four Sun Birds in the ancient mythology of the Shu State (221-263)," he said.

To give the visitors a first impression of Chengdu and its surroundings, the airport will have eight courtyards displaying representative natural and cultural landscapes of the city and Sichuan province, including Qingcheng Mountain, the Temple of Marquis, Sanxingdui Site Museum and Jiuzhaigou Valley.
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New Chengdu airport on course for 2020
17 June 2016
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Chengdu will have its second international airport in operation by 2020 to become the third city in China to have two airports for commercial flights, after Beijing and Shanghai, if work proceeds on schedule.

Construction started last month and is expected to finish in 2019, according to the airport authority.

Pan Gangjun, general manager of the Sichuan Province Airport Group Co, said three runways will be built. The airport will able to handle 40 million passengers and 700,000 tons of cargo annually by 2025.

The long-term plan is six runways, 90 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo, Pan said.

Called Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, the new facility is located in Jianyang, about 50 kilometers from downtown Chengdu. The airport is expected to cost nearly 72 billion yuan ($10.9 billion).

According to Pan, it will include international passenger routes and most international cargo routes in the future, while the existing airport, about 16 km from downtown Chengdu, will be limited to domestic flights and some international cargo routes.

The plan to build a second airport for Chengdu was no surprise. The current Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the fourth-busiest in China, behind Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

It handled 42 million passengers last year, up 12 percent year-on-year. But industry insiders estimated an annual 62 million passengers would be using the airport by 2020, far exceeding its designed capacity of 50 million.
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New Silk Road boosts Chengdu's opening-up
23 July 2016
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As the starting point of the South Silk Road which predates the ancient Silk Road, Chengdu used to be an important trade hub connecting China to South and Central Asia.

Today the city is connected to a broader area by the new Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Maritime Silk Road via intercontinental railways and international air routes. The cargo transported on the new Silk Roads no longer consists of silk, tea or lacquer, but mainly high-tech products such as computer chips, laptops and iPads.

In June, two Land Rover vehicles were brought from Europe to Chengdu through the Chengdu-Europe route of the China Railway Express.

China-Europe express trains are expected to import more than 1,000 finished automobiles from Europe to Chengdu in the latter half of this year, according to Chengdu Customs.

In line with the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chengdu-Europe express rail service began operation on April 23, 2013, linking Chengdu with Lodz, Poland. By June 20, the service had run 226 journeys.

The Chengdu-Europe route is the fastest and most frequently used direct freight service from China to Europe. A one-way trip takes only 10 and a half days, according to Chen Zhongwei, director of Chengdu Port and Logistics Office.

"The express rail (service) gives Chengdu an advantage over eastern coastal cities when it come to trading with Europe, because it is faster than transporting goods by sea," he said.

The Chengdu-Europe route was extended in April this year to Kutno, another city in central Poland, which enables Chengdu to further link to Nuremberg in Germany, and Tilburg in the Netherlands, Chen said.

Under the "Chengdu-Europe Plus" strategy, the express rail will be connected to more logistics hubs in Europe, including France, Belgium, Russia and Turkey. In China, it is expanding to cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Kunming. The express rail service is expected to run 400 journeys this year and 1,000 journeys next year.

The city is currently upgrading its domestic railway network and, by 2020, it will be possible to travel between Chengdu and Chongqing and other nearby cities within an hour; major cities such as Xi'an, Kunming, Guiyang and Wuhan within four hours; and to the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Rim area within eight hours.

The city is also building itself into a world-class aviation hub. Construction began on a new airport - Chengdu Tianfu International Airport - on May 27 in Jianyang, about 50 kilometers from downtown Chengdu. With an investment of 71.86 billion yuan ($11.7 billion), the airport will be completed in 2019 and go into operation in 2020.

This will make Chengdu the third city on the Chinese mainland to have two international airports, after Beijing and Shanghai.

The first phase will have the capacity to handle 320,000 flights, 40 million passengers and 700,000 metric tons of cargo annually by 2025.

The long-term target is to have an annual capacity of 90 million passengers and two million tons of cargo.

Pan Gangjun, general manager of the Sichuan Province Airport Group Co, said the new airport will operate international passenger routes and most international cargo routes in the future, while the existing airport, about 16 km from downtown Chengdu, will be limited to domestic flights and some international cargo routes.

Through the intercity railway, highways and subway linked to the new airport, passengers can easily reach downtown Chengdu and its neighboring cities.

The new airport is expected to increase capacity and further boost the city's appeal to investors.

"The new airport will strengthen Chengdu's position as western China's transportation hub, and accelerate the economic development of the city," said Deng Ling, a professor of economics at Sichuan University. Deng said the new airport will also enhance the opening-up of Chengdu and Sichuan province, and help to promote the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Yangtze River Economic Belt.

Sheng Yi, deputy director of the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, said the new airport will help the city attract talent and resources, enhance international exchanges and boost industrial development. The long-term target is to have an annual capacity of 90 million passengers and two million tons of cargo.
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