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Luodian will shine again thanks to redevelopments

Major rural projects have begun to restore the history of the 700-year-old Luodian ancient town in the city’s northern Baoshan District.

The town, once known as “golden Luodian,” dates to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and was the biggest and most popular marketplace in the area.

The projects, worth a total of 8.5 billion yuan (US$124 million), include modern residential communities to improve the living conditions of local farmers, eco-friendly industrial parks to boost economic growth and cultural and tourism projects to highlight historical attractions.

The new neighborhoods will benefit nearly 20,000 villagers who once lived in old country houses with poor infrastructure, said Qu Xinchang, Party secretary of Luodian.

The township government has invested 5.5 billion yuan to build 6,400 apartments in seven new neighborhoods.

Residents moving into these modern apartments in 18-story high-rises will enjoy the same standards of downtown commercial homes by about 2021, Qu said.

Zhu Guanfa, a Luodian farmer, will find a new life when he moves into his new apartment. The new neighborhood with 17 residential buildings began construction on Saturday. His family of three will get an apartment of 300 square meters.

“We’ve been living in a rented apartment since 2011 when the old shabby village houses were demolished for urban development,” Zhu said. He can receive more than 4,000 yuan in monthly rent from the town government.

The vacated former farmlands will be redeveloped into industrial and tourist projects to drive economic development and revitalize the rural regions.

To achieve the goal, Luodian will further explore its history and tourism resources, develop more ecological tourist events and improve its traffic situation, according to the township government.

A 4.7-square-kilometer region has been planned around Luodian ancient town, which has been listed as one of China’s historical and cultural towns. Historical structures will be restored to their original looks. A tourist area will be developed in the region, highlighting the town’s folk, farm and religious culture.

The area around the Meilan Lake, the city’s second-largest artificial lake, will feature a Nordic-style recreation town with sports facilities and high-end business and commercial facilities. Quality education and medical resources will be introduced to better serve residents and tourists.

Its Fujin Industrial Park, which also started construction on Saturday and will cover 2.28 square kilometers, aims to mainly attract businesses in modern services and senior care. An integrated circuit industrial park will have headquarters of high-tech companies, research and development centers and training institutes. Other high-end communities and commercial complexes have also been planned.

The wide rural areas around the town will develop recreational travel and village tour services.

Construction has also started on an artists’ village in the Luoxi area of the town where local poets and men of letters used to share poems and socialize with each other in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Famous painters and artists will be invited to live there and open studios with preferential policies.

To improve the traffic conditions in the outlying region, the town also started renovating and expanding Panjing Road, a 2.6-kilometer major thoroughfare.

These projects are expected to drive the industrial transformation, optimize its industrial structure and boost its redevelopment as “golden Luodian,” said Li Yuanfeng, director of the town.


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