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  • Hongmei South Road Overpass Starts Operation on Sep. 29

    The road construction from Hongmei South Road to Jinhai Road Tunnel will be completed soon after the work on the surface. The overpass has been done by Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co., Ltd and the asphalt concrete road on the ground is 95% done. The overpass and the ground-level highway on Hongmei South Road will be put into use on September 29. Overpass and Ground-level Highway Double RoutesThe Hongmei South Road Overpass spans Xuhui and Minhang districts from central ring Shangzhong Road in the north to Yongde Road in the south, connecting with the river-crossing tunnel on Hongmei South Road. The 10.89-kilometer overpass section has almost finished except for the deformation joint, signs and lamps. The construction team is also working on the ground-level highway at night when there is less traffic. Our reporter drove with staff from Shanghai Tunnel Engineering on the overpass from the river-crossing tunnel from River-crossing tunnel exit on Hongmei South Road to central ring overpass. It only took 12 minutes at the speed of 60 kilometer/hour. Hongmei South Road will become a double route with overpass and ground-level highway. The overpass meets the standard of urban freeway with four lanes in both directions. The sub-section from Yindu Road to S20 is four main lanes and two turnout lanes with six pair of interchange. The ground-level highway includes the six lanes in both direction in the north of Shuangbai Road and four lanes in both direction in the south of the same road. This new facility will ease the traffic burden of Minhang district as another powerful route to Shanghai in the southwest along with the Xinzhuang and Humin Overpasses. All Paved with Asphalt No-SprayThe entire overpass is paved with Asphalt No-Spray OGFC-13. This is different from other overpasses in the city paved with traditional asphalt that performs badly under heavy rains. The fog from the rain and the unclear road signs cause great safety risks in rainy days. “Asphalt No-spray is by its definition good at draining rain water quickly and leaves no water layer on the road. It can also reduce the traffic noise because of its larger structural gap,” the project manager of the Shanghai Tunnel Engineering told us, “In this way, it reduces the fog in rainy days and increases vision and safety. Also, the Asphalt No-spray is more anti-slippery and easier to stop when the drivers brake, thus reducing the chances of car accident.”(Source: Labor Daily)

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  • A Tour of Xuhui: exploring the Shanghai West Bund

    The 2017 Shanghai Tourism Festival (STF) “SH Citywalks” event was launched recently in Hongkou, Pudong, Huangpu, Jiangan, Xuhui and Changning districts simultaneously. On September 17, the “2017 SH Citywalks – exploring the Shanghai West Bund,” one of the series of the STF Citywalks events guided by Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration (SMTA) and Xuhui District Tourism Bureau, sponsored by the Travel Times, held by XuHui District Tourism Service Center, and supported by Xuhui Post Bureau, was held on the square of Xuhui Binjiang Planning and Exhibition Center. Beginning from 2014, the “SH Citywalks” is an innovative brand created by SMTA aiming to lead tourists on a sensual journey by feeling the pleasure and enjoyment of walking around the city. By the end of this year, the 45km-long Binjiang shoreline will be fully connected and open, and this new skyline will be a new card for Shanghai, displaying various kinds of urban looks along the bank. The West Bund stretches from Rihui Port in the north to Xupu Bridge in the south, including the 8.4 km shoreline of Huangpu River. It is where Shanghai’s modern industrial heritage exists, and the Chinese and Western cultures meet; it is also one of the biggest development projects in Asia that hosts cultural and artistic groups and cultural innovation industry. The Long Museum (West Bund gallery) is on the former location of the Beipiao Coal Wharf; the Yuz Museum was once an old Shanghai aircraft hangar; the valley of flowers and the tower crane and all other landmarks that has stood there in the last century are telling us the old and new stories of the West Bund. What makes the Shanghai West Bund unique is the integration of art and history. “Exploring the Shanghai West Bund” is meant to lead people on a journey of discovery. There were two routes on the day of “exploring the Shanghai West Bund.” The first one was about 3km, starting from Xuhui Binjiang Planning and Exhibition center, walking along Xuhui Binjiang, experiencing the newly opened public open space, walking by the Long Museum (West Bund Gallery), Longhua Bridge, Marine Lookout Tower, Yuz Museum, Shanghai Center of Photography, and all other iconic scenic spots, and ending at the West Bund Art Center. The second one was about 1.8km, starting from Xuhui Binjiang Planning and Exhibition center, walking straight to the north, passing by the Rihui Port Footbridge, into the Huangpu Binjiang area, and ending at the World Expo Museum where a free tour guide service was provided for the participants. Xuhui Post Bureau also participated in this event by placing pavilions and old-fashioned bicycles and satchels used by Shanghai postmen on the checkpoints along the routes, bringing participants back to the old days. They could also get a special postmark on their postcard at every checkpoint and send them out free, creating some special memories for themselves while strolling along the Bund and watching the beautiful views. According to the person-in-charge of Xuhui District Tourism Bureau, as the 45km-long public space project progresses, three land tour routes, short, medium, and long, will be introducing on the Xuhui part of Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise, inviting people to go out and see the beautiful views on the both banks of Huangpu River by walking.

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  • Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station Releases Transportation Plan for National Holiday

    For this year’s 8-day-long National Day and Mid-autumn holiday, the Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station has released its transporting plan. From September 8, the pre-sale of bus tickets at Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station will begin 1 month in advance, which means that one can buy any bus ticket departing from this station before October 8 on September 8. From September 29, the pre-sale period will be resumed to 10 days. As the holiday for this year’s National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival together will last 8 days, it will be the highest-passenger-volume holiday period of the whole year. It is estimated that passengers for this National Day holiday will mainly head for the Yangtze River Delta for short distances and Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei and Shandong for long-distance tours. In order to ensure their successful travel, the Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station will assign more buses for popular areas such as Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, covering places of Nantong, Qidong, Yancheng, Suzhou, Taixing, Taizhou, Jingjiang, Yangzhou, Ningbo and Hangzhou. To meet the travel needs of passengers, Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station has prepared a schedule for 1150 addition bus routes to increase its capacity according to passenger needs. Similarly, the arriving passengers during the National Day holiday at Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station will reach a peak. Considering many tourists will come to Shanghai for travel, shopping and transfer to other nearby destinations, Service Center of Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station will provide consultation service for city tours and traffic information, and will also hand out free materials such as Shanghai tourist maps, subway transfer maps, the Shanghai’s attractions, and tourist information for nearby locations. Moreover, Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station will also provide visitors with booking service for one-day trip in Shanghai, tickets for attractions, train tickets, flight tickets and other travel products. You can call 54352828,54353838 (08: 30-18: 00) for details, or scan the QR code to follow the official WeChat account, Shanghai South Long-distance Bus Station, for more information.

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  • Xuhui to Launch “Night Tours” for Visitors to Fully Feel the Charm of Shanghai

    During the ongoing Shanghai Tourism Festival, different districts and counties have come up with their best so that visitors can feel differently about Shanghai. This year, Xuhui Tourism Bureau has launched 6 featured events: The Fuxing Art Festival, Tang-Style Mid-Autumn Festival, West Bund Food Festival, Huang Daopo Tourism Culture Festival, "Micro Tour around Shanghai" and the old Shanghai-style music show. It is worth mentioning that this year Xuhui District will also add "night tour" projects so that visitors can feel the charm of Shanghai all day long. Visitors can also walk through different residential areas. On every Saturday between September 16 and October 6, and also on October 1, wonderful shows will take place in residential areas of West Fuxing Road, Wukang Road and Hengshan Road, covering historical and cultural sites including Nie Er Music Square, Pushkin Bronze Square, and former residences of Ba Jin and Zhang Leping. During the festival, the “City Jogging” event on every Saturday afternoon will invite citizens to form different jogging groups to feel unique style of Hengshan-Fuxing Road historical Area. On September 22, the "Enchanting Night - Old Shanghai-Style Music Show Activities" will be staged. Relying on the historical background of the birthplace of China's modern music, Former Site of Pathé (a red building), the event will tell the story of the birth of gramophone records and bring back classic songs of Shanghai to create a unique Haipai ​​"night show". What’s more, new night tour routes of Xujiahui Origin will also be released, which will bring brand-new experience for visitors in addition to the charity tour route for the last Saturday of each month. With the opening of the 45 km open space of riversides of Shanghai Huangpu River, this year's "Micro Tour around Shanghai" will launch 3 routes for the Xuhui Riverside section, inviting citizens and visitors to feel the beautiful scenery of the Huangpu River through the low-carbon form of "city walk". In addition to touring, food is also an essential part of travel. The 2017 West Coast Food Festival will be held from October 1 to 8, where top Michelin chefs from Italy and Spain will be invited, so that food lovers won’t have to fly to Europe to enjoy the European Michelin Feast. There will also be five European local star restaurants and 10 consulates to bring a wonderful food feast of the world.(Source: xinmin.cn)

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  • Xujiahui Origin Launches Customized Tourist Lines to Explore Origin of Haipai Culture

    Xujiahui Origin, Shanghai's first open tourist attraction in urban areas, has recently launched a new tourist line - "Tour around Xujiahui" Extensive Tour of the Origin of Haipai Culture, so that on the last Saturday of each month, visitors can get on a tour of the beautiful scenery of Xujiahui. By walking through the Path of Origin to explore the Haipai culture, visitors can have a deep connection of the modern and fashionable Xuhui culture. On August 26, "Tour around Xujiahui" started from Xuhui High School, the first "new school" in modern China. Tushanwan, the St. Ignatius Cathedral, the Xuhui Observatory, and the Shanghai Library Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei, all of which with over 100 years of history, together with the literature, schools, films, music and industries of over 100 years of history... within the only 2.4 square kilometers area of Xujiahui, there is a rare blend of these precious historical remains, which witnessed China's mdoern process of civilization, and shows the cultural gathering, historical sites, business prosperity and smooth traffic of Xujiahui, all combined into Shanghai's first open tourist attraction in urban areas: Xujiahui Origin. Each scenic spot in the area carries the unique cultural heritage of Haipai culture. In contrast to the traditional single touring approach, the "Tour around Xujiahui" features a whole course to explore origin of Haipai culture. Each event has a theme, invites cultural experts to pass on the classic literature and interpret historical relics, and initiates a connected touring experience in this modern business area. Xuhui High School, where the first event of "Tour around Xujiahui" was held, was founded in the 19th century, formerly known as St. Ignatius High School. Since 1850, Xujiahui has become the birth place of St. Ignatius High School and Fudan Public School, and is considered birthplace of modern education in China; with the establishment of the Nanyang Public School in 1896, Xujiahui became the first and most important university campus in Shanghai. On the day of the event, the organizers invited Li Tiangang, a research expert of Xujiahui’s history and Professor for Religious Studies of the School of Philosophy at Fudan University, to tell the story of patriotic educator Ma Xiangbo and Xuhui High School with a presentation titled "Ma Xiangbo and the Haipai Charm of New Schools in Shanghai", so that tourists could understand this period of history full of invention and get to know great educators such as Ma Xiangbo and Cai Yuanpei. "From the educational thoughts of Ma Xiangbo, Cai Yuanpei and other masters, see the Haipai charm that incorporates both Eastern and Western culture.” According to organizers, the "Tour around Xujiahui" project is a result of the efforts by Xujiahui Origin to further explore and promote the wealth of historical and cultural relics of the locality and combine the characteristics of modern cultural tourism. It has created new and customized cultural tourist products that integrate speaking, performing, exhibitions, viewing, appreciating and touring into the films, songs, poetries, education, architecture, publishing, craft and other cultural and artistic classics. With forms such as lectures, art performances, special exhibitions and touring experience, it extends the cultural tourism space of Xujiahui Origin by connecting the dots, and has created a characteristic public tourism cultural brand. During the event, storyteller Gong Li also performed Under the Stars, The New Air, a play of the patriotic educator Ma Xiangbo. Students at Xuhui High School played music instruments for the play, which showed the unique character and educational achievements the play has brought to this century-old school. Visitors also got to understand the history of Xuhui Highe School and China's first university campus. According to senior officials of Xujiahui Origin, the "Tour around Xujiahui" special tourist line will also bring the lecture space from the historical and cultural attractions to theaters, bookstores, shopping malls and featured public places at Xujiahui shopping district, so as to show the characteristics of Haipai culture which blends ancient and modern times and advances with the times. It will also combine and launch new tourist lines according to different cultural and historical themes. Citizens and visitors can make appointments through different channels and sign up for interactive programs.

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