The Past, Present, and Future of the City of Shanghai
By Hicham Jaddoud
October 16, 2016
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center demonstrates the past, present, and future of the city of Shanghai. Themed with “City, Citizens, Environment, and Development,” the Center offers visitors an overall cultural, architectural, and artistic view of Shanghai. The most fascinating area that impressed the group is the Shanghai City model, which is 600-square meters. The model features the city’s landmarks and future project reflecting a genius urban planning process. More information can be found here: www.supec.org
Our visit to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition aligns with the lecture offered earlier during the day by Dr. Zhang Shangwu. The plan presented three eras of Shanghai urban development planning history: 1930, 1950 and 1990. The presentation laid out the rapid development of the city from an agriculture-based economy to a finance, trade, and shipment-economy. Furthermore, Dr. Shangwu presented the 2040 Urban Planning goal that’s focused on people and commute needs.
Oriental Pearl Tower in Pudong park is considered the second tallest tower in the China at 468 meters. It hosts a radio/TV facility, hotel, and restaurant. The tower was completed in 1994. It reflects a unique concept where the ancient spherical pearls meet the modern communication and entertainment utility.
Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone started as a financial hub started in the 90s. Given its crucial location on the Huangpu River in Pudong, the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone has been developed specifically as the new financial district of Shanghai. The area hosts several local and international financial institutions, such as Morgan Chase Bank, HSBC, and Bank of China. The Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone has fueled tourism and business related travel to Shanghai.
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Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone/Shanghai World Financial Center
Pudong is a district of Shanghai, located east of the Huangpu River and across from the historic city center of Shanghai in Puxi. Pudong refers to its historic position as “The East Bank” of the Huangpu River, which flows through central Shanghai. The location is now administered as the Pudong New Area, a state-level new area which extends all the way to the East China Sea.
The traditional area of Pudong is now home to the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, the Shanghai World Financial Center, and many of Shanghai’s best-known buildings, such as the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower, and the Shanghai Tower. These modern skyscrapers directly face Puxi’s historic Bund, a remnant of a former foreign concessions in China. The rest of the new area includes the Shanghai Expo Park, Century Park, Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, the Jiuduansha Wetland Nature Reserve, and the Shanghai Disney Resort.
The Pudong area continues to experience rapid development, with the establishment of 883 financial regulatory institutions, 3954 equality groups and managed companies, and 1201 financing and leasing enterprises in 2015.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center opened to the public in February 2000, covering a total floor space of 19 sq.km. The Center offers exhibitions, data searching, study and exchange, education and leisure and sightseeing services. With the theme of “City, Human, Environment and Development,” the Center has adopted high-tech facilities to display the achievements and overall urban planning in Shanghai.
The roof of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center covers 3 sq.km and features a grid in the shape of magnolia flower petals, which is the official flower of the flower. The Center also hold a 45-meter-long mock scene of an old Shanghai street, featuring old city architecture and scenes.
Stay tuned for more! The Suzhou Industrial Park is up next!
Hicham Jaddoud is a Senior Director of Operations with Marriott Hotel International. After graduation, Hicham launched his career with Sheraton Hotels in southern France before moving to the United States. Hicham holds a BA in Hospitality Management from Perpignan University, France, a Masters in Management from Cornell University, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Business and Organizational Behavior at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. His research centers on Employee Stress and Emotions in the Hospitality Industry. Hicham is certified by the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
In addition to his role at the Marriott, Hicham is involved with several non-profit organizations. He serves on the board of the Junior Chamber of Atanta and the United Nations Associations. He also is a member of the Young Leaders of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta.
Hicham is fluent in French. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing tennis and soccer, and cooking. Hicham is a big fan of the outdoors.
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