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Suzhou Creek to have ferries within 5 years

FERRIES will sail on Suzhou Creek within five years, complementing the city's existing transport system, local authorities said yesterday.

Passenger boats, together with sightseeing cruises, are expected to travel along the waterway by 2015, when restoration projects will be complete, according to plans for the creek's further development.

Zhabei District government revealed yesterday that the creek waterfront will become an eco-friendly corridor for sightseeing and relaxation, with several parks and a yachting marina planned.

In parallel to the creek's riverside, Qufu Road will become a green boulevard for buses and pedestrians. Areas of greenery, such as parks and squares, will be connected by the road. These include the Zhebei Greenland, Yue Plaza, and Jinyuan Business Park.

Since the area has buildings dating back to the 1920s - such as the Sihang Warehouse - new structures are required to have designs in keeping with the old architecture.

Old buildings, once renovated, will mainly be used as arts and cultural centers, according to RTKL International, the US company responsible for the design.

The development project covers 3.19 square kilometers along Suzhou Creek, from Jiaotong Road in the north to Luofu Road in the east.

Zhang Xiping, spokesman for Zhabei District government, said the project will change the area as a whole into a business district for Shanghai's financial sector and international companies. A state-level human resources industrial park has already been set up there.

More high-end buildings will be constructed and three bridges repaired to improve transport facilities.


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