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Shanghai to revamp south Bund


Published on Nov 4, 2010

Docks, factories and warehouses to be transformed…

The southern Bund area of Shanghai will be redeveloped from the start of next year, creating more sightseeing and leisure activities for residents and tourists. According to local media reports, the project, which covers a 2.6km stretch of waterfront land between Dongmen Road and Youchematou Road, will see dock areas transformed into waterfront pathways and old factory buildings and warehouses converted into bars, hotels and high-end commercial buildings. The 526,000m2 project in Shanghai’s Huangpu district is expected to be complete by 2015. “The southern Bund riverside area will be a new place for sightseeing and leisure in the downtown area,” the Shanghai Daily reported the district government’s Director, Zhou Wei, as announcing this week. “Visitors will even be able to touch the water in the Huangpu River”, he added, referring to the fact that the new waterfront pathway will be only half a metre above the river, compared to the existing Bund Promenade which is 4-5 metres above the waterline.

Once the project is completed, pedestrians will be able to walk along the Bund from Suzhou Creek in the north to Nanpu Bridge in the south. The 33-month, US$70 million redevelopment of the Bund’s northern section was completed earlier this year in time for the World Expo, adding a 2km riverside promenade, wider pathways, trees and park benches.

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