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Circle open as Lujiazui reaches for world fame

THE Pudong New Area government plans to invest 80 million yuan (US$11.7 million) to improve support facilities in the Lujiazui area as part of the city's plan to develop itself into a world financial hub.

Officials announced the decision yesterday at the completion ceremony of a circular elevated walkway over a busy intersection in central Lujiazui.

"There will be a swift improvement of support facilities in the central Lujiazui area in the next three to five years," said Wang Dehong, deputy director of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone Management Committee.

"Support facilities usually accounted for 20 percent of the area in overseas mature international financial hubs, while Lujiazui's central business district only had 12 percent of its area occupied by support facilities," he said.

This explained long-standing complaints among office workers about the difficulty of finding a place to eat or having to walk long distances between office buildings.

In response, the Pudong government plans to fund and encourage office towers to admit support facilities such as canteens, convenience stores, banks or automated teller machines, and cafes or tea shops.

The walkway which opened yesterday connects the Lujiazui Metro station and nearby buildings such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Super Brand Mall.

It will help pedestrians get around the area more quickly and safely and give tourists good views of nearby landmarks such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jin Mao Tower, officials said.

It will open to the public during the World Expo after escalator adjustment but will probably now be open during the May Day holiday.


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