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Lingang New City set to attract global talent

HIGH-END international communities will be built in the Pudong New Area's Lingang New City, which is expected to attract top-level manufacturing and modern service industries by 2020, the city government announced yesterday in a mid- and long-term development plan.

Around 800,000 permanent residents will live in the area, which will include preferential policies in applying for residential permits, the plan said.

"The city government will take the successful experiences of Gubei and Biyun international communities to build the new neighborhoods in Lingang, while introducing high-end commercial, educational, cultural and medical resources," the municipal government said, mentioning two other Shanghai communities.

The government plans to attract the leading experts in various industries, senior officials from enterprises as well as highly skilled talent to become permanent residents of the area.

The number of foreign citizens living in Shanghai exceeded 173,000 by the end of 2012, a 6.7 percent increase compared with 2011. They make up a quarter of such citizens on China's mainland. Most of them live in nearly 80 neighborhoods across the city, the Shanghai Exit & Entry Administration Bureau said.

To better serve the future residents in the area, the government plans to introduce in international schools for children of foreign workers while building elementary schools and kindergartens affiliated with the Shanghai Maritime University and Ocean University.

A new branch of the Shanghai No. 6 People's Hospital and many medical centers will be built in the area. A health examination center for foreigners also is planned.

A sports park will be built along the sea where people can swim, dive and use motorboats and sailboats.

"The Lingang New City will become an ecologically friendly region with a wide range of trees, with better air quality than other parts of the city and with all the household garbage treated in ways harmless to the environment," the plan said.

The area will have an "intellectualized information management system." High-speed wireless will cover the area, including a "smart community" system to help residents with information on traffic, education and health care.

Lingang will mainly develop modern manufacturing and strategic industries like nuclear, wind and solar energies as well as civil aviation, shipping, oceanic, subway and automobile industries.

Its modern services will include financial facilities, e-commerce, cultural innovation, places for conferences and meetings, and tourism, according to the plan.

The 315.6-square-kilometer Lingang New City is 75 kilometers from downtown Shanghai along the southeast coast at the mouth of Hangzhou Bay. It is connected to Yangshan Deep Water Port by Donghai Bridge.

The Pudong International Airport is to the north. Pudong's rail network links Lingang to the national railway system, while the S2, G15 and G1501 highways form part of the Yangtze River Delta highway network.

Shanghai's Metro Line 16 is set to go into service this year, bringing Lingang into the city's subway network.


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