|Welcome to Shanghai with the fastest train from Airport to Town in the world
It's a Maglev short for Magnetic Levitation Train
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|Lujiazui is the icon of growth in Shanghai
and China's financial Centre, with it's highrises all realized after 1996
|The Exchange building |
|The Oriental Pearl Tower, or Dong Fang Minzhu, does not look that high from this angle
||But towers high as landmark on this well known picture |
|Pudong is sometimes beautiful at dawn
||Or at a clear nigth, when all is lit up |
|One night in early January...... |
|The ever changing Mariot Hotel
||Plane-like Busstation opposite Tonghe Xincun Metro Station in North Shanghai|
|The building I like the most is this one with its weird cube sticking out |
|In Pudong there is a statue for the car industry of GM
||and behind it a group of houses that somehow seem like Dutch suburbs|
|From Lujiazui to Wai Tan (The Bund) is a tourist tunnel, quite an attraction
||The famous Shuzhou bridge(also faked in the filmtown of Che Dun) leads to the North,|
|The Monument at the mouth of Suzhou Creek
||The Embankment House or Shanghai Mansions with now a large Bayer sign there |
|Remnants of the roaring twenties, like this former Railway Directors' house, now arts and Crafts shop |
faked in the filmtown of Che Dun
|The mansion of the French Comte du Pac de Masoulies, now Tai Yuan Guesthouse
||With is beautiful staircase |
|The twenties racetrack |
|turned into a Modern Art Museum
||Where statues hang-out |
| where in Tsiang Kai Tsjek started to build a new City Centre|
|Also charted in the Shanghai Urban Planning Centre on Peoples Square
with its huge mock-up of the City
|A real "must go" if you want to appreciate Shanghai, even our compound is on it|
|Recently added also the Expo 2010 lay-out|
|But Shanghai is sinking, due to constant water extraction
Despite the city's vigorous efforts to control the ground subsidence problem, downtown Shanghai is still sinking, according to a report recently issued by the municipal water authority.|
Shanghai sunk 11.02 millimeters in 2000, and the figure is not expected to see a radical reduction in the near future, the report said.
The report presented to the municipal government was based on a general survey of the city's water resources conducted by the water authority over the past two years.
"The surface subsidence at the speed of 10 millimeters a year is internationally allowable," said Ruan Renliang, director of the Water Resources Management Division of Shanghai Water Authority.
"We still face challenges to get it under control for effective urban management and sustainable development of such a populous metropolis," he said.
Due to excessive exploration of underground water, Shanghai suffered a severe annual subsidence of 37.6 millimeters from 1921 to 1965.
The government since then has taken administrative actions to mitigate the situation.
The water authority set limits on the yearly total amount of underground water that could be used and fixed a water quota for manufacturers.
Meanwhile, big water consumers such as steel factories are obliged to re-pump a certain amount of tap water, in proportion to the water they use, back into the underground.
The measures were effective but since 1998, the slowed subsidence has gained momentum again. Due largely to the growing number of high-rises being built and underground construction, subsidence hit 11.13 millimeters a year.
In 2001, Shanghai had 142 million cubic meters (5,015 million cubic feet) of usable underground water, but actually only around 8,000 (282,517 cubic feet)-9,000(317,832 cubic feet) cubic meters of water will be consumed.
Some 14 million cubic meters will be poured back into the underground this year in an attempt to control the subsidence speed.
"It takes time for the limiting of the water exploration to show its effect in stopping the downtown area from sinking," Ruan said.
Ruan assured the public that Shanghai is well equipped to control the problem, and that plans for the construction of a strong anti-flood wall will keep any threat to the city at bay.
(China Daily November 13, 2001)
|The famous Nanjing Road
||Business as usual |
|Streets are so busy that even troley-busses want to overtake... |
|More and fancy buildings
||Along Nanjing Road for example|
|Where on a sunny spring-dy, all doctors come out to give free consults |
|In Pudong, the Century Park is blooming
||Attracting people to stroll|
|And enjoy marine fights
||Right inside the Metropole |
|In the parks, daily wedding pictures are taken
||On pitoresk spots |
|And "en masse"
As in Shanghai there are roughly 16 Million people, let's calculate: About 16,000,000/80=200,000 from every year, which makes 100,000 couples in the age of 23, assume they all mary only when 23, then about 100,000/400=250 wedding per day take place
|So sufficient props are available.... |
|Others play chess
||Or have still to work |