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Park to add walkways

HONGQIAO Business Park, which is still under construction, is to have overpasses and underground walkways connecting its buildings to ease traffic in the future business hub, according to government officials.

Xue Quanrong, deputy director of the Shanghai Hongqiao Business Park Administrative Commission, said the commission was "still working on the detailed draft of the constructions."

The new plans will be similar to the project recently completed in the city's key financial center in the Pudong New Area where a ring-shaped overpass was built in the Lujiazui area.

Authorities began the Lujia-zui overpass after they found that pedestrians coming from the Metro had difficulty reaching nearby office buildings due to the traffic.

Officials responsible for the Hongqiao park had learned from the Pudong experience, Xue said.

The 86-square-kilometer hub, anchored by the newly built Hongqiao transport complex, aims to be a magnet for modern service industries including trade, finance, shopping and entertainment.

The area, also called Greater Hongqiao, covers parts of Minhang and Changning districts, where the airport lies, and also picks up slices of suburban Jiading, Songjiang and Qinqpu districts.

The initial 1.4-square-kilometer core commercial area in the park is already attracting companies, officials said.

Building the business park is a strategic move for Shanghai to become a global trade center by 2020 and a gateway to the Yangtze River Delta region for traders and investors, officials said.

The distance between the park and major cities in the Yangtze River Delta region is no more than 300 kilometers.


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