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Port aims to hook foodie tourists

A NEW island fishing port is set to become a leisure spot for Shanghai residents and tourists alike — offering a beach, a marina and seafood delicacies fresh from the ocean.

Changxing Hengsha Fishing Port, on the east side of Changxing Island, will be Shanghai’s only national-level fishing port when it opens next October.

As a working port, it aims to encourage more domestic and international fish trade, offering a berth for fishing fleets.

But tourism is also an integral part of the plan, with Changxing Hengsha touted as a travel destination for seafood lovers in the Yangtze River Delta.

In addition to the core working port area, is a 1.8-kilometer-long riverside landscape belt featuring a public green space of 90,000 square meters.

The port will feature hotels, a performing arts plaza, a beach, a marina for yachting enthusiasts, a waterside terrace and numerous seafood stalls.

Since it is only about 30 minutes’ drive from the under-construction Disneyland in the Pudong New Area, tourists can take in the two attractions in a day trip, say project officials.

Zhang Dong, general manager of Shanghai New Fishport International Trade Co Ltd, said the new port will reduce costs for fishing businesses, while offering visitors a diversity of fresh seafood.

“The new port will definitely stimulate seafood imports and exports in Shanghai and bring more high-end and high-quality seafood products to local food lovers,” Zhang said.

The port will have two berths of 3,000 tons and nine of 500 tons. Its dock basin will be able to berth more than 1,000 mid-sized and large fishing boats.

This makes it a convenient supply base for fishing boats from Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Taiwan, said port developer Shanghai Changxing Island Fishing Port Co Ltd.

It is estimated that the initial annual trading volume at Changxing Hengsha Fishing Port will exceed 250,000 tons and be worth some 5 billion yuan (US$817.5 million).



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