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Downtown pagoda to be eye-catcher

A NINE-STORY pagoda will be built in the city's downtown Jing'an District next year, officials from Shanghai No.4 Construction Co Ltd said yesterday.

The pagoda, occupying 780 square meters, will be located on Huashan Road, near the crossroad with Yuyuan Road.

The pagoda will be 48 meters high and made partly of wood with copper tiles on the outer wall. A copper lotus will sit atop the pagoda.

Just a block away from the pagoda, Jing'an Temple Square is under reconstruction.

The rebuilding of the square, which began in May, includes the fountain, the outer wall of Yi Mei Shopping Mall, the lifts and the ground area.

The district is seeking public help in giving the square, built in 1999, a new name.

The name should have at most six Chinese characters, be simple, easy to remember, catchy and fashionable, according to an official statement from Jing'an District.

"If no appropriate name comes up, it will remain Jing'an Temple Square," said Lin Bowei, an official from Jing'an District Planning and Land Administration Bureau.


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