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Pudong promotes its beaches and farms

PUDONG New Area is planning to promote its beaches, water activities and farming to tourists during and after the 2010 World Expo, officials said yesterday at a Pudong tourism conference.

The government will spend more than 1 billion yuan (US$146 million) developing Sanjiagang beach, part of which will be ready for tourists in time for the Expo. The project should be completed in two years.

"As well as the tourism facilities, we will also improve the traffic for the visitors," said Chu Xueqin, secretary general of the Pudong New Area Tourism Association.

The government will also talk to developers about building a yacht dock along the coast.

"Every week the coastal areas need to be dredged, raising the cost," Chu said. "Therefore developers are still hesitating."

As Nanhui has been merged into Pudong, Nanhui farmland has become another tourist drawing card for the area.

The Sunqiao Modern Agriculture Development Zone will hold the "Golden Week" harvest festival in October so visitors can enjoy the "low-tempo" lifestyle.

"People can enjoy pollution-free vegetable and fruits here, in relaxing surroundings," said Yu Ling, vice general manager of the zone. "I think such lifestyle is healthy for people living in urban areas."

Pudong received more than 9.2 million tourists during the first half of the year.


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