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Lujiazui skyscrapers to connect

APART from a newly completed elevated walkway, underpasses will be built to connect the skyscrapers in the Lujiazui area to make the financial zone more pedestrian-friendly.

Construction started yesterday on five underground passages to connect the Shanghai International Finance Center, the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Shanghai Center under construction and a 7,248-square-meter hall under a public green area.

The underpasses will total 116 meters, and construction is expected to be completed by 2014.

Restaurants, stores and other commercial facilities will be included in the underground space. Metro riders arriving at the Lujiazui station will be able to reach any of the five buildings via the passages by first entering the IFC exit, thus avoiding the outdoors when the weather is bad.

The passageways are part of a strategy to make Lujiazui more pedestrian and tourist-friendly and address complaints about its transport links. White-collar workers in Lujiazui's skyscrapers have long complained about long walks between buildings.

Though the buildings look close to each other, it takes pedestrians a long time to detour around street traffic. The passages form just one of the 11 Lujiazui projects kicked off yesterday.

Others include recreational facilities along the north riverfront and a street featuring clothing stores.


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