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Skyways offer shortcuts in Hongqiao biz hub

SKYWAYS will be built to let people walk among office towers, hotels and malls inside the Hongqiao Business Hub which aims to be another upscale commercial center in Shanghai, says the project designer Xiandai Group.

Xiandai says skyways are being added to connect high-rises in Pudong's Lujiazui area. The same oversight won't repeat in the design of the Hongqiao Business Hub which will have 2/3 of its buildings connected by skyways, allowing office workers, tourists and shoppers to reach a destination via safe shortcuts.

Some of these overhead walkways will be open to the public around the clock, Xiandai says.

The first phase of the Hongqiao Business Hub is now under construction. It is 86 square kilometers in size, near the Hongqiao International Airport and a high-speed train station. When completed, the hub is expected to boost Shanghai's economic influence over the Yangtze Delta region.

Most buildings in the zone will be six to eight floors as it is close to the airport, Xiandai says.

Rental bikes and electric mopeds will be the primary means of transportation inside the zone to promote green city life.

The government is luring large corporations in the service sector to the Hongqiao Business Hub.


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