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Renovated Bund will license photo sites

THE city will introduce licensed photography stalls along the Bund promenade when reconstruction of the area is finished at the end of next month, officials said yesterday.

Some tourists have complained that self-employed photographers in the area have charged excessive fees for their work.

In response, the city decided to put such photography stalls under uniform administration. Stalls without an official license will not be allowed to do business along the new Bund scenic walk.

According to the new rule, the fee for taking photos at each stall will be the same - currently set at 7 yuan (US$1.02) per picture. Customers can also download their pictures from a Website at no cost.

"There will be more pressure to carry out administration work due to the new promenade," said Zhou Shunguo, director of the Bund Administration Office. "The riverfront area will be bigger and more tourists are expected," he said.

The office is working to ensure that visitors will not be harassed or cheated on the Bund scenic walk.

Renovation of the Bund scenic walk began in February 2009. The project will make the riverfront more pedestrian friendly and be ready in time for the World Expo, which opens on May 1.

When the project is finished, the nearly 2-kilometer riverside strip from Suzhou Creek to Xinkaihe Road will be turned into a pedestrian-only promenade featuring restaurants and other tourist attractions.

A tunnel for vehicles will ensure there is less traffic.


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