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  • Xuhui Tourism Bureau Supports CIIE Expo Through Updated Services

    Xuhui Tourism Bureau will support CIIE Expo through the following services: closely follow the city’s meetings and reception arrangements and accurately understand the requirements of supporting services, closely review the district’s star hotels and restaurants and monitor their abilities of service and pricing; cooperate with public security and market supervision departments to enhance companies’ fire protection and safety measures and food safety inspection training, so as to ensure the safety and order of the tourism market; improve Binjiang’s tourist facilities and enhance tourists’ experience at Long Museum and Shanghai Center of Photography through imbedded services; optimize Wukang Road’s WeChat tourist navigation system and add “architecture reading” experimental program to provided smart services for Chinese and foreign tourists; use Internet and media to promote themed tours and activities, for example, “Pujiang tour” “Xuhui tour” “the footprints of CPC in Shanghai” and “the stories of old houses,” to promote the synergy development of conventions, businesses, tourism, cultural and sports industry. (Source: Office of the CPC Xuhui District Committee)

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  • Open Culture and Art Square Opened Late Next Year in Front of Grand Gateway 66

    In an era where Internet and social media weren’t so developed and many tourist attractions were yet to be discovered by the masses, the 39 “grand steps” in front of the Grand Gateway 66 shopping mall had already become a signature background featuring varied magnificent views and arrangements echoing special occasions in many people’s tourist photos. Late yesterday, this landmark structure within Xujiahui commercial area and even the whole city of Shanghai was beginning to be fenced with scaffoldings, and the demolition work was officially begun. Till the end of 2019 an open culture and art square will be unveiled here. The “grand steps:” the memory of a generation In 1999 when shopping malls were still a nascent phenomenon in China, the emergence of Grand Gateway 66 furnished people with new ideas about what a shopping center should look like. The two-storey-high “grand steps” in front of the Grand Gate 66 was not only this magnificent and spectacular façade of the shopping mall, but also a place closely tied to Shanghainese’s everyday life through all kinds of exciting activities and unique installments and arrangements echoing special occasions. The Christmas tree in front of the shopping mall each year was always the No.1 subject of all the articles published by public accounts on that day. It has become the memory of a generation of Shanghainese during the past 20 years who, when they recall the old days, will always remember the diverse and different themed cultural and commercial activities (Christmas celebrations, New Year celebrations and movie promotions) happened here. As the demolition work began, however, all of these will be forever sealed in memories and photos. “New Wing” of Grand Gateway 66 will open in the middle of this year Xujiahui commercial district was developed in late 80s and early 90s, and the whole area employed a high plot ratio development strategy. And also as a hub of transportation, it’s never short of traffic. Recently, Xujiahui launched a series of renovation projects that were designed to adapt to the changing consumer culture, including the Xujiahui corridor project. Though the disappearance of the “grand steps” is final, the reporter has understood that a “New Wing” of the Grand Gateway 66 will be unveiled soon after its renovation. The New Wing will complete all its business adjustments and re-open in the middle of this year, and by then it will house a string of designer brands, fashion brands, buyers’ shops, international affordable luxury brands, and lifestyle restaurants. The New Wing has an entirely different business concept from the main mall, and it aims to break traditional perceptions of fashion and approach it from a more personalized angel. Seeing from the rendering picture released by Grand Gateway 66, the square at the front entrance of the future mall looks more spectacular and makes the mall more accessible, and the translucent outer glass wall enhances not only the aesthetic quality of the mall, but also the displaying effects of various brands. The space of the outdoor square will be greatly increased and it will become an open art and culture space for all kinds of cultural and entertainment activities. The ground floor will also introduce some new international brands, and based on its current business layout, the main mall will be marketed at an elevated level. As for its connectivity with the surrounding environment, the “New Wing” will be seamlessly connected to Line 9, which enables passengers’ direct access to B1 floor of the mall from exits of the subway station. Xujiahui Corridor phase 2 project will connect also Orient Shopping Center and Grand Gateway 66. Imagine when the transformation of the “grand steps” is done and a new culture and art square stands here, what would be lovelier than spending a summer night here watching an outdoor performance with a cool drink in your hand? (Source: Shanghai Morning Post)

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  • An 864.16m New Road to be Constructed in Xuhui

    To support the greenspace construction project along Guijiang Road, improve the transportation of Caohejing Hi-tech Park, and optimize Xuhui District’s road network, a new road project – “Guiguo Road,” currently has been approved – is about to be implemented. Position of the project The new road will begin from south at South Qinzhou Road and ends to the north at Caobao Road, with a planned area of 14,527 m2 (subject to actual measurements), and the construction includes intersecting areas. The road will be 864.16m in length and 16m in width. It is a municipal branch road, and the allowable vehicle speed on this road is 30km/h, with loading BZZ100 as the standard of the design. It will be a single two-way carriageway with two fast lanes and two slow lanes, and surfaced with asphalt concrete. The layout of the road will be like this: 3.5m (pedestrian lane) + 9m (vehicle lane) + 3.5 (pedestrian lane) = 16 m (the width of the road); a new bridge will be built. It will be 36m in length and 16m in width, and covers an area of 576m2; drainage project; the road will be equipped with barrier-free facilities, greenbelts, lighting, traffic signals, road signs and markings and all the other related facilities required by the current laws and regulations. Project implementation The project will be implemented strictly in accordance with related laws and regulations and construction procedures. Quality control and safety measures will be put in place to ensure steady progression, funding, and construction conditions of the project. Project plan will be optimized based on the opinions from planning, land planning and environmental protection and other professional management departments, and the impact on surrounding environment will be minimized during the construction, and the project will be completed as the fast possible speed as it can. (Source: Shanghai Observer)

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  • Solve “Troubles” for Enterprises and Handle 75 Park Matters in Park

    In a development zone with more than 20 office parks, nearly 3,000 enterprises and 300,000 employees, how to be the “store waiter” of company service, continuously improve business environment, present service, and enhance experience of enterprises? Yesterday, Xuhui • Cao Development Park Service Center was officially launched; the center rebuilds government affair service process under “handling throughout one network”, promotes resource integration and sharing for government, enterprise, park and community, etc, and creates a government affair platform “integrated at the doorway and on the fingertips” for employees in core area of Caohejing Hi-tech Park. So far, the service center hall has opened 11 new service windows, to provide 75 service items of 15 categories, including administrative approval, public service and professional service, striving to “complete park affairs in the park”. These days, Mrs. Ruan, Financial Director of Valeo arrived at the center for consulting talent introduction and residence certificate credit; hearing the center may handle the business of “one-certificate two-cards”, Mrs. Ruan applied for replacing the social insurance card to be expired on the spot. The staff accepted the case on site, and amidst the sound of “cheep cheep cheep” of card-making machine, a brand new social insurance card was completed in 5 minutes. Acquiring the first social insurance card issued by the park, Mrs. Ruan was very satisfied. Shen Yi, Deputy Director of Hongmei Sub-District Office Xuhui District, to which the Caohejing Development Zone is affiliated, told reporter that the sub-district has taken advantage of “handling throughout the city”, expanded some businesses of the community affair acceptance service center to the integrated service center for handling and completion, and chose to firstly handle the highly expected “one-certificate two-cards” as a pilot project, to facilitate white-collars of middle and eastern development zone handling in the vicinity. The sub-district also achieved data-sharing and business coordination with administrative service center of district, to provide government affair handling and service in such fields as commerce, technology and talent, by means of authorization, online acceptance and service agency, etc, as well as “company service at the doorway”; for the matters unable to handle at one go on site, policy advice and full-process agency services are available. In the newly upgraded park service center, legal mediation service window is also opened. Joint Mediation Center serves dispute mediation and settlement in terms of labor employment, consumption, economy, IPR and the like, by professional mediators, lawyers and third-party mediation agencies, presents legal document and connects with judicial confirmation service of district court. Furthermore, the park service center also offers relevant public services concerning park support and industrial development, etc. Based on convenience of WeChat, the sub-district also created corporate WeChat office platform of park service center, and established open platform for communication between government and enterprise, covering sections of park enterprise service, internal staff management, exchange platform, etc, to provide enterprises with simplified, efficient and intelligent administrative services. “Shifting from previously solving problems in office to finding methods from new technologies and new mechanisms is the only breakthrough point.” Sub-District Party Work Committee Secretary Pu Yapeng told the reporter. (Source: Wenhui Daily)

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  • The Millennium-old Longhua Temple is Applying for Recognition for Intangible Cultural Heritage

    The seminar on cultural heritage in Longhua area was held at Longhua Temple lately. It was announced at the seminar that Longhua Temple is apply for a status of Shanghai municipal intangible cultural heritage for its “Longhua Contemplative Culture”, an integral tradition of the temple with a history of a thousand years. The “Longhua Temple Fair” has been listed in the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage by the State Council in 2008. During the current comprehensive renovation of Longhua area, Xuhui district is seeking to enhance the cultural brand of “Millennium-old Longhua” through cultural heritage preservation. The “Longhua Contemplative Culture” includes meditation and contemplative speech, music, art, tea, food, and karmic connection and custom”, which is deeply rooted in the temple as a reflection of the traditional contemplative practice in daily life. Located in the southwest of Xuhui, Longhua area is one of the twelve historical and cultural scenic areas in Shanghai and home to some sites that can date back to the Three Kingdoms Period (AD 184/220–280). It is a rare historical neighborhood in Shanghai that enjoys a cultural heritage that lasts for a thousand years. The Longhua temple is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Shanghai, with a history of 1700 years. Its evening bell has been known as one of the eight icons in Shanghai. The Longhua Pagoda at the opposite of the temple is as tall as 40.4 and was built in Northern Song Period (960–1127) as a pavilion-style brick and wood structure. Both Longhua Temple and Pagoda have been listed as the heritage site under municipal protection. Longhua Pagoda was listed among the sixth batch of national key heritage site under state protection in 2006. Zheng Shiling, a fellow with China Science Academy and an expert in architecture, remarked that the project applied for the intangible cultural heritage in Longhua area is supported by the historical heritage and well-preserved neighborhood. He pointed out that the Longhua Temple is the best preserved temple structure in Shanghai and has a high historical value. Chunming Gao, the director of the Shanghai Intangible Cultural Heritage Association, commented that such a status for Longhua Contemplative Culture will better help young people learn about the particulars of traditional culture and inform the general public of the urban development of Shanghai as its commerce grew. The Xuhui district boasts a rich historical heritage. Apart from the Millennium-old Longhua brand, it is also home to “Origin of Xujiahui” brand featuring Guangqi Xu, and “Eight Centuries” brand that includes cultural elements over a hundred years encompassing architecture, education, craft, film and music. As the “Shanghai West Bank” contemporary culture scene in Bingjiang is getting traction in the last ten years, the neighboring Longhua area also welcomes a new renovation. Venerable Zhaocheng, the abbot of Longhua Temple, remarked that the application for “Longhua Contemplative Culture” is a highlight in the intangible cultural heritage preservation in Shanghai this year. During the process of comprehensive renovation in the region, Longhua Temple will become a center for education, research and passing on of Shanghai traditional culture. By blending the Buddhist contemplative culture and distinctive Shanghai culture in Longhua, the Longhua temple will promote a Shanghai culture brand with local characteristics.(Source: Shanghai Observer)

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