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Nanqiao to build an environmentally friendly home

NANQIAO New City in Fengxian District is expected to become a low-carbon and environmentally friendly town, according to a 15-year construction plan.

The Shanghai Fish, an artificial waterway system shaped like a giant fish, is a highlight of the plan. It covers an area of 2.3 square kilometers.

A forest area of 4.78 square kilometers will be in the center of the new city and turned into a theme park.

"It is rare to keep such a large green space in the center of a town," said Wang Ming, director of the Fengxian District Development and Reform Commission.

Shanghai Fish will be comprised of three lakes - one for the body, another for the tale and the final one for the fin.

Shanghai Fish will be encircled by Jinhui Port and Punan Canal. The project will be designed by the company that created the palm islands in Dubai.

To ensure an ecological environment, companies that use a lot of energy and create too much pollution will be cleared out of the area surrounding Nanqiao New City. Such firms will be relocated within 5 kilometers of Hangzhou Bay, Wang said.

The district plans to make biomedicine and new energy as pillar industries of Nanqiao. Together with its traditional industries of power transmission and transformation, electronic information and auto fittings, enough jobs will be created for Nanqiao's population.

Wang is confident Nanqiao will attract a lot of people.

Residents will be able to find office buildings, commercial flats, star-rated hotels, high-end department stores, a vehicle-free shopping promenade and a recreational square in the new city. A city-level hospital and more schools will also be built.

Small and medium companies have been locating in the district. Construction of a business headquarters zone is in full swing. The zone will be developed into a modern, first-class facility for business people, especially those from Zhejiang Province.


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