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Movie, cultural theme area set for downtown

THE bank of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai's downtown area will become a cultural center of the city with new cinemas, a museum about the history of Chinese movies, and headquarters for the video and film industries, the Zhabei District government announced yesterday.

The 3.19-square-kilometer tract, in an area known as Suzhou Creek Bay, will become a district with a rich cultural atmosphere, Song Qingtong, vice director of the Suzhou Creek Construction and Development Office of the district, told a press conference.

"The area will be on a par with the bank of the Seine River in Paris after the Suzhou Creek Bay area to be constructed by 2015," said experts with the Development Research Center of Shanghai government who made plans for the area.

The area will have functions of business and trade, tourism and accommodation but will be centered on the city's history and culture, with historic buildings and old factory houses retained, Song said.

As part of the plan, a Chinese Film Museum and a new IMAX cinema will be built because Shanghai is the cradle of Chinese films, according to the center.

The Shanghai International Film Festival and television festival eventually will be moved to the area.

Film studios and organizations for movie-making and performance training will be attracted to the area to make the film industry a main business there, the center said.

To support the growth of Qipu Road, a well-known market for cheap clothes scheduled to be upgraded to a fashion center, a fashion exhibition center is planned to drive clothing design, trade and brand development.

Old buildings, including many traditional shikumen (stone-gated) houses of Shanghai, will be renovated and be used mostly as art and cultural centers, said Sun Yu, an official with the Bureau of Planning and Land Resources of the district.

The buildings' 2,700 residents will be moved out as they have long wished because living conditions are poor, according to Song.


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