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Building Nanqiao New City

NANQIAO New City will be an economic hub on the north shore of Hangzhou Bay and in 15 years' time it will be a green, clean engine of growth and home to up to 1 million people. Tan Weiyun reports.

A new city will rise in Nanqiao Town in suburban Fengxian District and it is expected to be a new economic engine on the north coast of Hangzhou Bay.

The blueprint calls for 84-square-kilometer Nanqiao New City to be completed in 15 years and to be home to 750,000 to 1 million people.

The plan for the area in southwest Shanghai was recently released by the Shanghai Design and Planning Committee, which also approved projects in Jiading and Qingpu districts.

Nanqiao New City will contain integrated public facilities and a 4.8-square-kilometer green space and ecological forest park in the heart of the city. It will be larger than Central Park in New York City.

The Nanqiao New City will be bounded by Daye Road in the north, link Pingzhuang Road in the south, connect Puxing Road in the east and lie near Nansha Port.

It is expected to be not only a political, economic and cultural center of Fengxian District but also a vital transit hub in the southern Yangtze River Delta region and an important portal of the greater Pudong to Shanghai.

With the opening of the Hangzhou-Pudong Expressway and the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the new city will be a front gate to the cities in Zhejiang Province, enhancing information, economic and cultural exchanges.

"The city (Shanghai) is in great need of a new center to support the further development of the northern shore of Hangzhou Bay, and the Nanqiao New City is just the place," says Shi Guanghui, director of Fengxian District.

"Low energy consumption, low carbon and ecological friendliness are the basic concept of the new city," says the director.

With the forest park at its core, the green belt will surround the city, including the old town, the industrial zone and southern areas. It will be linked with the district's ponds, rivers and canals that flow into the Punan Canal and Jinhui Port.

New public transport is planned, including at least seven major roads, shortening the distance to 30 kilometers from the new city to Pudong New Area, Hongqiao area and downtown.

An extension of Metro Line 5 will connect the new city with Xinzhuang Town, Shanghai's southwestern traffic transit hub in Minhang District.

Officials are considering whether to launch a feasibility study on constructing a southbound extension of Metro Line 8.

Nanqiao New City will have five zones: the old town as the public civic center, the northern and the eastern areas as the commercial and service hub, the western area as the cultural center, and the northeast as the leisure zone for sightseeing and entertainment.

The city will focus on developing the modern service industry, new energy and new material research and development, bio-medical work, outsourcing, real estate and tourism.

Nanqiao has geographic advantages: it is 42 kilometers from People's Square, 30 kilometers from Pudong International Airport, 24 kilometers from the Hongqiao International Airport and 20 kilometers from the Shanghai International Shipping Center.

Highways A4, A30, A2 and A5 will cross the new city.

The Pudong Railway and light rail, two large municipal projects, are also planned to cross Fengxian District to connect Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Shandong provinces.


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