Press Release for Media Briefing of the Shanghai Municipal Government on March 31, 2021
April 01, 2021
Press Release for Media Briefing of the Shanghai Municipal Government on March 31, 2021
The Information Office of Shanghai Municipality held a municipal government press conference today (March 31). Zhao Huiqin, Secretary of the CPC Qingpu District Committee, gave a briefing on the “Action Plan for the Construction of Qingpu New Town in the 14th Five-Year Plan Period.” Yu Xufeng, Deputy Secretary of the CPC Qingpu District Committee and district chief, Jiang Aifeng, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Qingpu District Committee and vice district chief, Cheng Weidong, director of Qingpu New Town Office and director of Qingpu District Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources, Jiang Jiamin, chairman of Qingpu New Town Group, and Chen Xiaorong, chairman of Qingpu Industrial Park, attended the press conference and answered questions from reporters.
The overall positioning of Qingpu New Town
Qingpu New Town is located at the strategic intersection of the five major new town belt, the Shanghai metropolitan area, the integrated demonstration zone, as well as the Yangtze River Delta city cluster. It will have a planned area of 91.1 square kilometers and the permanent population is expected to reach 550,000 in 2025 (650,000 in 2035). By comprehensively considering the strategic mission and various relations concerning the Qingpu New Town, the overall positioning of Qingpu New Town is defined from the perspective of improving the city’s core functions and core competitiveness: A gateway town of the Shanghai metropolitan circle, the central town of the integrated demonstration zone, and the hub town in the Yangtze River Delta city cluster.
The goal is to build Qingpu New Town into a brand-new town that has regional competitiveness, global appeal, and vitality of the era, while integrating and iterating the ancient charm of Jiangnan (the south area of the Yangtze River) with modern civilization. During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, five major goals are expected to be achieved. First, the new town will take the lead in building a new image of Jiangnan culture. Qingpu New Town will be built into a modern new town with typical Jiangnan cultural elements that are classic and fashionable, exquisite and majestic, prosperous and elegant. Second, it will take the lead in building a new landscape for hubs and gateways. Qingpu New Town will be built into a hub town that takes roots in the integrated demonstration area, connects with the Shanghai metropolitan circle, and has spill-over effect on the Yangtze River Delta urban agglomeration. Third, it will take the lead in building a new highland for the digital economy. Qingpu New Town will be built into an important component and strategic pillar for linking the two national strategies and embracing the “main digital pathway in Yangtze River Delta.” Fourth, it will take the lead in building a new scene of happy communities. Qingpu New Town will be built into a happy town that makes the people feel more fulfilled, happy, and safe. Fifth, it will take the lead in building a new model of a resilient city. Qingpu New Town will be built into a safer, smarter, and more sustainable city of the future.
2. The urban features that Qingpu New Town will focus on shaping in the future
First, Qingpu New Town will be a modern town that fully embodies the charm of Jiangnan culture. Qingpu New Town will take “water” as the core element of the town, highlight the agility, beauty, and aura of water, and fully restore the Jiangnan water town style and cultural life scenes that feature the integration of water, people, and greenery. It will showcase the Jiangnan style, beauty, and rhyme in an all-round way, reshape the memory of the beauties of Jiangnan, and depict the poetic dwelling of “bridges, flowing water and households.” The proportion of water area in Qingpu New Town will rise to more than 12%, the proportion of high-quality water will rise to more than 90%, and more than 80% of the water front will be linked up. So far, the first and second phases of the water system park around the town have been built, serving as a great example of exploration and practice.
Second, Qingpu New Town will be a hub town that fully embodies the function of an open gateway. Relying on the national strategic platforms such as the China International Import Expo, the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, and the construction of the Hongqiao International Hub for Opening-up, the town will actively create the “Eight Hub Functions”, namely opening-up and innovation, transportation and logistics, trade and finance, information and culture. It will fully open up both internally and externally, and become a functional highland and a hub town that gathers and allocates resources in the Yangtze River Delta and even the world. In the future, “Shanghai Gateway, International Hub” will be Qingpu’s new brand.
Third, Qingpu New Town will be a dream town that fully embodies the vitality of innovation and entrepreneurship. Relying on the “main digital pathway in Yangtze River Delta,” the new town will accelerate the gathering of a batch of influential innovative industries and entrepreneurial platforms, deploy a batch of city service functions that have a leading position in the Yangtze River Delta and even the whole country, and gear up the construction of the central consumption city in the Yangtze River Delta. It will create a business environment with institutional competitiveness, an entrepreneurial environment that appeals to talent, and a livable environment full of happiness, making Qingpu New Town a hot spot for innovation and entrepreneurship where professionals from all over the world come, display their talent, and achieve their dreams. The concepts of “Choosing Qingpu means choosing success, investing in Qingpu means investing in the future” will be widely spread and deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.
Fourth, Qingpu New Town will be a future town that fully embodies digitalization-driven development. The new town will deliver on the latest concept of urban digital transformation, and comprehensively promote the digital transformation of industry, life, and governance. In terms of industrial development, relying on the advantages of the concentration of digital and information industries along Shanghai’s east-west development axis, a “main digital pathway in Yangtze River Delta” will be built along the G50 highway, to strengthen the linkage with Zhangjiang Science and Technology City to the east, to improve the docking with cities along the Yangtze River Delta to the west, and to strengthen the connection with Hongqiao International Hub for Opening-up, Qingpu New Town, and the integrated demonstration zone in the middle, in an attempt to form a trillion-yuan digital economic development belt. Qingpu New Town will link up with Beidou Innovation Base, Shixi Software Information Park, China Mobile Yangtze River Delta Integrated 5G Eco-Valley, Artificial Intelligence Industrial Park, Xicen Science and Technology Innovation Center and other industrial bases to vigorously develop electronic information manufacturing, software and information services, artificial intelligence, industrial Internet, information security and other digital industries, while strengthening the application of new technologies such as big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and information hubs. In terms of urban operation, the new town will vigorously improve the governance efficiency of the unified management network, and make urban governance smarter. In terms of community governance, the new town will vigorously promote the construction of the unified online government affairs and “Happy Cloud” platforms to make people’s lives more convenient.
Fifth, Qingpu New Town will be a happy town that fully embodies the quality of human life. The new town will adhere to the people-centric approach, follow the governance pattern of “co-construction, co-governance and sharing,” and integrate management into service and vitality into development. It will create a “safe, harmonious and beautiful” happy community in the urban and rural areas, and shape refined and standardized community management. It will provide targeted and shared community services, and refined and modern community spaces, while actively constructing a door-step service system based on community centers and an urban public service system with a “15-minute living circle,” so that “a happy life beginning in the community” and “enjoying the world without leaving home” will become the best footnotes of the high-quality life in Qingpu New Town.
3. About the major construction projects of Qingpu New Town
During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, Qingpu New Town will promote a number of major landmark, functional, and demonstrative projects, with a planned total investment of 500 billion yuan, covering public services, municipal infrastructure, new infrastructure, ecology and environment, and industrial development. Ten major projects will be promoted in the near future.
The first is a comprehensive transportation hub. The new town will invest 41 billion yuan to plan and build a comprehensive transportation hub in the center of the town. It will integrate the three networks of “intercity railway, municipal railway, and urban subway,” by realizing the same station transfer for Shanghai-Suzhou-Jiaxing (Qingpu-Jiashan-Wujiang) Intercity Line, Jiading-Qingpu-Songjiang-Jinshan Line, and Metro Line 17, including the construction of two inter-city middle traffic volume demonstration lines.
The second is the Yangtze River Delta Art Center. The new town will invest 1.8 billion yuan to build the Yangtze River Delta Art Center in the Central Business District. It will include a 1,200-seat large theater, a 500-seat small theater, an 800-seat concert hall, and a 300-seat multi-functional lecture hall, therefore meeting the needs of various arts performances such as opera, dance, drama, music, and Chinese opera. It will also be able to host art exhibitions and provide cultural experience, and will become a platform to release and display new products and Qingpu’s special products.
The third is the Central Park. The new town will invest 2.3 billion yuan to build a 1 square kilometer central park led by the ecological axis of Dahe River and Dongdaying Port. It will advance ecological restoration of rivers and construction of key green areas, including parks, landscape, sports facilities, and children’s activity facilities as well as services buildings.
The fourth is the water system park around the town. It will build a comprehensive park around the town with unique water village characteristics, taking into account history and culture, ecological waterscape, fitness and sports as well as leisure and tourism. So far, the first and second phases have been completed, with a total investment of 3.71 billion yuan, forming a 43-kilometer “life show belt” around the town and 3000 mus of waterfront space. The third phase, in combination of the reconstruction of the old town, has started construction, with a total investment of 1.6 billion yuan. Planning for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh phases has kicked off.
The fifth is Jiangnan Xintiandi. It is planned to invest 5.3 billion yuan to carry out urban renewal in an area of about 3.2 square kilometers, including the Art Island and the South Gate area in the old city area of the new town. Currently, a professional team is entrusted to conduct overall research and program design.
Sixth, Fudan Medical Park. The new town plans to cooperate with Fudan University to build a new university complex that includes several new research platforms such as the Research Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Research Institute of Biomedicine, as well as the clinical research center, biological sample and big data center, achievement transformation center, education, and training center. Currently, relevant preliminary plans are being actively studied.
The seventh is the future-oriented school. The new town will invest 1 billion yuan to construct a new school supported by 5G technology, promote the reform of the school form and all-round reform and innovation, and better meet the future education needs of innovative talent.
The eighth is the Qingpu campus of Zhongshan Hospital. It will invest 800 million yuan to build a comprehensive Class 3 Grade A hospital, covering an area of 185 mus and having 1,200 beds. It is planned to start construction within this year.
The ninth is the expansion of G50 and the construction of smart highways. The total investment will be about 9 billion yuan. After completion, it will become the main digital pathway for Qingpu to cast its influence externally, which will play an important supporting role in consolidating the “three horizontal and two vertical” high-speed system and the “three horizontal and two vertical” backbone thoroughfares.
The 10th is the Qingpu Happy Community in the new era. The new town will promote the construction of the door-step service system based on community centers and the urban public service system based on the “15-minute living circle” in all 84 communities in the new town, and at the same time build an online super community center based on the “Happy Cloud” platform in a bid to improve the integration, convenience and intelligence in the development of community management services.
4. The implementation strategy of the construction of Qingpu New Town
Relevant working mechanisms have been defined from four aspects, namely organizational system, development layout, construction sequence and regional coordination.
First, it will be led by the Party, guided by the government, and driven by the market. The CPC Qingpu District Committee will be in charge to establish a working mechanism with relevant government departments playing the key role. It will leverage the Qingpu New Town Office as a working platform to coordinate the integrated development of the new town and the industrial park. At the same time, it will actively explore effective market-based methods to allocate resources, adopt the innovative developer alliance and other diversified investment mechanisms, mobilize the social forces, and work together to develop the new town.
Second, it will create “one core zone, two belts, and three demonstration areas.” The one core zone refers to the 6.5-square-kilometer urban central business district with high innovation concentration, high economic density, and high configuration capability, by leveraging the Waiqingsong Highway as the main axis, and the integrated transportation hub as the base point, connecting the G50 highway, the 318 national highway, the Metro Line 17, the Yinggang Road, the Songze elevated highway, the S26 highway and other routes with high traffic flows. The two belts refer to the digital economic belt extending east-west along the G50 highway and an industrial-city integration belt extending north-south along the Waiqingsong Highway (Jiading-Qingpu-Songjiang-Jinshan city express rail). The three demonstration zones refer to the three demonstration sites for a people’s city that will be developed soon, including the urban renewal practice area (Jiangnan Xintiandi), the future new town model area, and the digital industry innovation area.
Third, it will give priority to ecology, put transportation first, and foster digital transformation. The new town will adhere to the premise of consolidating and strengthening ecological advantages, and promote the pilot construction of major transportation infrastructure to lead the development. At the same time, it will focus on the standards of the future city, lay out new-generation information technology infrastructure, and drive the digital transformation of industry, life, and governance.
Fourth, the focus will be on linkage with East Qingpu, integration with Middle Qingpu, and coordination with West Qingpu. The construction of the new town should be based on the broader platform of the national strategy for the Yangtze River Delta Eco-Green Integrated Development Demonstration Zone, and placed in the strategic layout of “one town and two wings” in the new era for Qingpu. Efforts will be made to foster the development of the new town by considering the linked development of East Qingpu, the integrated development of Middle Qingpu, and the coordinated development of West Qingpu. The new town will take the initiative to undertake the spillover effects of the CIIE and the Hongqiao International Hub for Opening-up, optimize the resource layout and functional linkage, and accelerate the formation of a new regional landscape that is powered by the new town, driven by the two swings, and supported by both East Qingpu and West Qingpu.