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Qingpu plans to retain its charm as water town

QINGPU New City will retain its natural charm as a water town, making it unique from other city hubs dominated by high-rise buildings.

"We will take advantage of the abundant waterways to make a delicate living space that retains the culture of a water town," said Ye Ming, deputy director of Qingpu District's Planning and Land Management Bureau.

The new city will be divided into four areas. The Dianshan Lake will for the first time become part of the plan, with tourism being a pillar industry.

The east part of the new city will be a residential area. These communities will include markets, schools and hospitals.

The Qingpu District government, administrative and cultural organizations will be in the central area of the new city.

High-end service providers will assemble in the new city's west area. This includes conference venues, exhibition halls, arts centers and sports centers.

A creative industrial park will seek to attract high-tech research firms in the north of the new city.

"By introducing modern industries like design and logistics, Qingpu New City will compete with neighboring Kunshan City in Jiangsu Province and Jiaxing City in Zhejiang Province," Ye said.

Three business centers - Qiaoziwan, another on Yinggang Road and the other surrounding Qinghu Street - will improve commercial services in the new city.

Metro Line 20, connecting the greater Hongqiao area with Qingpu New City, is expected to have six stations in the new city and open in 2013.


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