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Initial plans for Disney park set

[ 2009-11-04 10:43]     字号 [] [] []  
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The local government has started preliminary plans for the long-awaited Disney theme park in Shanghai, a local official said.

The plan includes resettlement of a 4-million-sq-m area in Shanghai's Pudong New Area covering the villages of Zhaohang, Jinjia and Qigan in Chuansha Town, said an official at Zhaohang Village Committee, who declined to reveal his name.

Government officials didn't disclose the use of the expropriated lands. But Shanghai Securities News indicated that the lands in the announcement would be used for the Disney theme park.

"We haven't received any formal notice from the district government on the Disney theme park issue, but we've been gathering information of more than 4,000 residents in the village in recent weeks," the source said.

The government will probably start evaluating residents' houses as early as this December for the Disney project, a villager surnamed Xu said.

Speculation about a Disney theme park in Shanghai has been circulating for years. Earlier media reports said the $3.5 billion theme park will cover an area of 10 sq km. It will be located at the east bank of Huangpu River, bordering Pudong district's Chuansha town.

The first phase of the project will be located south of Huanglou region, a 10-minute drive from Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The second and third phases will expand towards the southwest, according to Shanghai Securities News, citing an unidentified expert in urban development research in Shanghai.

Land to be auctioned today in Chuansha for the Disney project is likely to break through 10,000 yuan per sq m, National Business Daily reported, citing Zhao Yuchuan, a manager from real estate agency Fangfang based in Shanghai.

Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng said on Sunday that the city will hold a press conference as early as this week to talk about details of the theme park. He didn’t elaborate on whether the park had been approved by the central government.

Local media reported last week citing unidentified sources that the visit of United States President Barack Obama to China from Nov 15 to 18 could accelerate the Disney theme park's landing in Shanghai.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Initial plans for Disney park set

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Initial plans for Disney park set

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.