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Bungee over Huangpu from cranes

TWO cranes that have been idle for years will become Shanghai's first bungee-jumping sites on the Huangpu River.

The cranes in Xuhui District are expected to be ready for jumpers by the end of next year.

A Xuhui District insider revealed yesterday that the reconstruction plan had been approved by district authorities.

The bungee-jumping facilities will make use of the gantry that extends about 60 meters above the river.

Jumpers will have an excellent view of the 2010 World Expo site on the opposite side of the river.

The Beipiao Wharf cranes, which were built in the 1960s, once played an important role in loading and unloading freight.

"It is a good idea to retain the flavor of 'old Shanghai' by preserving these cranes," said Zhao Huasheng, a district-affiliated television station reporter.

The wharf was torn down last year and will be rebuilt into a riverside green belt.

The cranes and a 200-meter track for them have been preserved in the reconstruction plan, officials from Xuhui District Planning Bureau said. Lifts will also be fitted to the cranes.

The new area will also include a 30-square-meter revolving cafe, once an operations room.

Some people have raised safety concerns over the bungee-jumping plan.

The reporter said it would be "very safe," but detailed plans have not been revealed.

The future entertainment spot is a part of Xuhui District's massive water-friendly project.

The 100-hectare project is due for completion in 2012 and includes a waterfront area covering 28 square kilometers and 10 plant-lined streets, each with a public square.


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