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Old November 18th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #101
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Many Chinese cities are slowly sinking – and intensive urbanisation means it will only get worse, say experts
City governments such as Beijing and Shanghai taking steps to halt subsidence, often caused by excessive extraction of underground water
South China Morning Post Excerpt
11 November, 2016

Many of China’s cities are sinking due to groundwater being overused and experts fear the problem will grow worse as urbanisation intensifies.

In urban areas, subsidence – or the gradual sinking of an area of land – is often caused by excessive extraction of underground water.

Many of China’s cities are sinking due to groundwater being overused and experts fear the problem will grow worse as urbanisation intensifies.

In urban areas, subsidence – or the gradual sinking of an area of land – is often caused by excessive extraction of underground water.

The city’s increasing number of skyscrapers is also pushing the ground lower – by as much as 2.8cm a year in the most badly affected areas, according to the report.

However, the problem is not confined to Chengdu alone. More than 50 Chinese cities suffer serious subsidence issues, according to an official report released in 2012.

Geologists say the problem will only worsen as the government tries to boost domestic consumption by speeding up urbanisation.

Large-scale construction of buildings and public transport links, and especially excessive exploitation of groundwater, had contributed to the problem, said Ding Xiaoli, a land surveying expert at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Subsidence could damage city infrastructure and endanger the public, and the sinking process was irreversible, the 2012 report said.

China’s cabinet, the State Council, has vowed to resolve the problem by limiting or even banning the use of groundwater in cities.
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 08:11 AM   #102
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An elevated monorail runs along a 1.4km track during its test run at China Sky Railway in Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province and hometown of pandas, on Nov 21, 2016. The panda-faced vehicle is China's first suspension train driven by lithium batteries and can run at a speed of 60km/h and carry around 230 passengers. It's also the first of its kind across the world. [Photo/VCG]
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Around-the-city park to open in Chengdu
China Daily Excerpt
March 10, 2017

Chengdu city in Sichuan province is sprucing up its Third Ring Road with a 50-meter-wide green belt, according to a report in Chengdu Daily on March 9.

The huge landscaping project, which was initated in February and is due to be completed in April, will turn the 52-kilometer-long ring road into an “around-the-city park”.

“We want to make the Third Ring Road a breathtaking boulevard decorated with trees and flowers, in a bid to give citizens a feast for the eyes even while they are zipping along the lanes,” said a director of Chengdu Communications Investment Group Co, which is leading the project.

The green belt is an important part of a major reconstruction project on the Third Ring Road, which is the largest greening project in Chengdu and was launched in January this year.

The 18.5-km-long project contains tree transplantations, road greening and construction of sidewalks and bicycle lanes. An extra paved green belt will run between the sidewalks and bicycle lanes to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow.
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Chengdu plans to build tallest building in China
Sept. 28, 2017
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A new skyscraper with a projected height of 677 meters will be built near the Fuzhou Road in Tianfu new district of Chengdu, in Southwest China's Sichuan province, according to a land auction notice.

The building's height needs to be approved by the country's Air Force and the civil aviation authorities, said the notice published on the website of the Chengdu Public Resource Exchange Center on Tuesday.

The total area of the land is about 299 mu (199,596 square meters) east to Fuzhou Road and west to Tongzhou Road in Tianfu new district. The auction price will start at 7.7 million yuan ($1.16 million) per mu.

If the project secures approval, the building will become the tallest in China, 45 meters taller than the current tallest 632-meter Shanghai Tower, and the second tallest in the world.
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November 23, 2017
Chengdu-Xi'an train link promotes travel, tourism
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The trial run of a bullet train from Chengdu, Sichuan province, to Xi'an in neighboring Shaanxi province took about four hours on Wednesday morning, cutting travel time between the cities by about six hours.

The Xi'an-Chengdu High-Speed Railway is expected to formally open on Nov 30, said Xia Yongjing, an information officer for China Railway Chengdu Group.

It will run on a daily basis, she said, and is designed for speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

The train passes through Deyang, Mianyang and Guangyuan in Sichuan, and Ningqiang and Hanzhong in Shaanxi.

Li Lin, a travel agency manager in Chengdu, said the opening of the railway is expected to give a shot in the arm to the tourism sector.

"Long before the trial run of the railway, quite a few people in Sichuan had told me they wanted to visit Xi'an after the railway's formal opening to see the Terracotta Warriors and other sites of historical importance such as the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda and Daming Palace, and taste the famous mutton and bread soup," Li said.
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