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5‘new cities’ taking shape

SHANGHAI has unveiled detailed guidelines to accelerate the development of five “new cities” in outlying areas during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025). They have been strategically positioned as engines to drive the growth of Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region.

The new “independent and comprehensive node cities” — in Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Nanhui — will be unique, modern, convenient and vibrant places. They will be easily accessed livable areas where urban life and industrial development are well integrated.

By 2025, they will attract a total of 3.6 million permanent residents and will further expand to around 1 million each by 2035. The overall gross domestic product volume of the five districts hosting the new cities should reach around 1.1 trillion yuan (US$168 billion).

A new batch of 100 billion yuan-level industrial clusters will be built in the new cities with high-quality public service facilities and resources as well. A comprehensive transport network will be developed for each of new city to cut travel times within them to a maximum 30 minutes, a trip to Shanghai’s neighboring cities within 45 minutes and international hubs within 60 minutes.

Jiading New City, with ample auto industry resources, will build a national experimental zone for smart transport as well as push the development of the health care and medical industries.

Qingpu, which plays a pivotal role in supporting the construction of the Hongqiao International Opening-Up Hub, will see aggressive development of the digital economy and promote “green” industries.

Songjiang New City will strengthen its strategic leading role in the G60 High-tech Corridor, which is an urban-rural development axis that connects Songjiang with eight cities in the Yangtze River Delta region.

Fengxian New City aims to become a source of world beauty and health industries with its Oriental Beauty Valley. It is also focusing on the intelligent and new energy vehicle sectors.

As the main urban area of Lingang Special Area of the pilot free trade zone in Pudong, Nanhui New City will focus on integrated circuits, artificial intelligence, and the aerospace industry.




 

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