Chongqing, Southwest China

Chongqing, China (aerial 2006)### news.xinhuanet.com | English.news.cn 2013-01-26 21:27:26
Chongqing sets new roadmap in post-Bo Xilai era
CHONGQING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — Chongqing’s municipal government vowed Saturday it would shake off the impacts of the Bo Xilai scandal and make law-abiding governance the priority alongside further reform. Huang Qifan, mayor of the metropolis in southwest China, described 2012 as an “extremely extraordinary year” for Chongqing’s development in his report on the work of the municipal government, which was delivered to the 4th Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress.

The local legislature convened its annual session on Saturday with aims to outline the city’s future blueprint for the next five years. The mayor said the government has endeavoured to maintain steady economical and social development despite the severe toll of the incidents involving Bo Xilai, with the city recording an annual economic growth of 13.6 percent. “It turned out that Chongqing citizens have weathered storms and withstood ordeals,” he said.

The government published the full text of its work report, in which it placed governing in accordance with the Constitution and the law as a main focus for this year, while references to Chongqing’s previous high-profile crackdowns on organised crimes are notably absent. In 2009, when Bo Xilai was the CPC (Communist Party of China) chief of Chongqing, the city launched a massive anti-crime campaign, prioritising fighting local mafia-style gangs. Though Bo and Chongqing’s police were credited with reducing crime, concerns were raised about abuses of power and the neglect of due legal process.

The government should rule in accordance with the law, and “no organisation or individual has the privilege to overstep the Constitution and the law,” the work report said. A power reshuffle in this session is set to usher in new local leaders, higher requirements are posed for the municipal government to further intensify reform, Huang told the lawmakers, adding that improvement to work style should be made following the central leadership’s call for eradicating bureaucracy and formalism in December.

Officials in Chongqing are urged to remain low-key and down to earth, talk less and work more to better serve the people.
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“Amazing city… but without spirit… is a City with many construction. Don’t have the beauty of Brasilia… is a new city of construction.” —Cidade_Branca (architect) at SkyscaperCity CHONGQING | Projects & Construction (2.11.07 03:36 AM)

Wikipedia: Chongqing

Chongqing, two rivers (1)

“One river is naturally brown from the silt, the other is normal dark blue.”
the spliff fairy at SkyscraperCity (28.2.13 01:54 PM)

### nytimes.com September 26, 2011
Built in a Dirty Boom, China’s Biggest City Tries to Go Green
By Coco Liu – ClimateWire
CHONGQING, China — Wandering around in downtown Chongqing, it is hard to imagine that this is a city that is going green. Vehicles clog roads in every direction. Construction cranes stretch to the horizon. And huge posters displaying locally produced industrial goods show where the city’s exploding economic growth is coming from. But Chongqing (population 28,846,200) is more than meets the eye. After living with acid rain and toxic smog for decades, the city has been scrambling for ways to clean up the air. It is also overhauling its power-hungry economy and rebuilding it on a base of industries that use less energy.

Chongqing isn’t alone on such a transformation path. It is one of several pilot provinces and cities that Chinese leaders picked last year in an attempt to find a low-carbon growth model that can be spread to the rest of the nation. Experts attribute this new Chinese desire to the fact that China’s environment and natural resources can no longer afford the blights of heavily polluting, energy-intensive growth. Moreover, there is growing pressure from the outside world to reduce emissions.

Chongqing, controlled demolition 30-8-12 (2)Chongqing, controlled demolition 30-8-12 (1)Chongqing, controlled demolition 30.8.12

Cities will play a major role in that effort. During the next 20 years, more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to come from the developing world’s cities, and more than half of that will come from Chinese cities, says Michael Lindfield, a lead urban development specialist at the Asian Development Bank. “So the importance of making Chinese cities energy-efficient is really a global issue, not just a Chinese issue,” Lindfield added.

But none of this comes easily. For one, it is hard for cities to uproot decades-old economic foundations. In addition, cities risk revenue losses. Energy-guzzling factories that are shut down, in many cases, can’t be immediately offset by low-carbon industries that are still in their nascent stage. Moreover, the switch from traditional industries to green businesses claims jobs, at least for a short term. While cement makers can hire people with few skills, solar panel producers can’t.

Chongqing [became] one of the nation’s industrial hubs. It is China’s biggest producer of motorcycles. It leads in aluminum production. Every day, containers of made-in-Chongqing steel, chemicals and machinery are loaded on cargo ships and then sent from here to destinations along the Yangtze River. All this came at a heavy price.

Data from the World Bank showed that in the early 2000s, one-third of crops in the Chongqing area had been damaged by acid rain — the result of sulfur dioxide and other industrial pollutants. Breathing here became a dangerous thing to do. The World Bank reported that in 2004, residents in Chongqing were inhaling six times more lung cancer-causing pollutants than the World Health Organization considers safe.

“The city was always enveloped by fog and smog,” explained Li, the local economist. The mountain terrain around it helped concentrate Chongqing’s murky air, he said, “but pollution from heavy industries was the key.”
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Chongqing Planning and Exhibition Centre. The city model shows a concept idea of the future of Chongqing. Most important skyscrapers aren’t added until they have a definitive design. —z0rg at SkyscraperCity CHONGQING | Projects & Construction (6.8.06 09:32 PM)

Chongqing Planning and Exhibition Centre 6.8.06100 towers taller than 200m including 20 supertalls in one city.
Chongqing 200+ metre Listz0rg at SkyscraperCity (6.7.08 10:05 AM)

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[ODT] The project was being advanced on their behalf by Betterways, of which Ms Jing Song was also a director.

### ODT Online Sat, 23 Mar 2013
Betterways, Diamond Heights link
By Chris Morris
DUNEDIN — The construction company linked to Dunedin’s proposed $100 million waterfront hotel is building the tallest tower in western China. The building will be the tallest for the time being, at least. It has been confirmed the company linked to Dunedin’s proposed hotel is Diamond Heights Construction Engineering Co Ltd, which is based in Chongqing, China, and employs more than 1000 staff. The company is owned by Ping Cao, who together with wife Jing Song, of Queenstown, wants to build Dunedin’s five-star hotel on industrial land at 41 Wharf St.

While it was said Diamond Heights would not be directly involved in construction of Dunedin’s hotel – should consent to proceed be granted – Mr Cao and Ms Song planned to fund it together and contract a New Zealand company to build it.

Mr Cao’s company is responsible for the construction of the 65-storey Shangri-la Hotel in Chongqing, which at 290m high will, when completed, be nearly three times the height of Dunedin’s proposed hotel. It was almost finished, with only the exterior cladding to be added, and was an impressive sight when visited by Betterways Advisory Ltd director Steve Rodgers last year, he told the Otago Daily Times.
The company was also involved in other projects in China, including two sprawling mixed-use developments comprising hotels, other commercial buildings and housing.
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Chongqing, Shangri-la Hotel at nightShangri-La Hotels and Resorts is said to be Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group. Four Shangri-La hotels are projected for Chongqing.
Image: businesstraveller.asia

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8 responses to “Chongqing, Southwest China

  1. Rob Hamlin

    It looks like paradise, and the models indicate that it’s only going to get better.

    Interesting that they require a definitive design before they even add a skyscraper to the concept model, let alone to the City in reality.

    Be interesting to see what they would say if you proposed to build a skyscaper on a plot that wasn’t zoned for it.

    Not like here Eh?

    • Ping Cao’s company ‘Diamond Heights Construction Engineering Co Ltd’ has some link (not explained by Betterways Advisory Ltd) to the Shangri-la Hotel now for completion at Chongqing. The hotel was formerly referred to as the Chongqing Guest House.

      Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 65 hotels under the deluxe Shangri-La and mid-market Traders brands, with a rooms inventory of over 28,000.

      ### danwei.org Friday, February 5, 2010 at 2:00 PM
      In Chongqing, Shangri-La drives out a local brand
      Posted by Joel Martinsen
      The Chongqing Guest House, a city landmark, will change its name under a new management agreement, reports the Chongqing Evening News. The hotel, which adopted its current name in 1956 after serving as a guest house for American soldiers during the anti-Japanese war, signed a deal with deluxe hotel chain Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts yesterday that will make it the first Shangri-La hotel in the city. However, the loss of the Chongqing Guest House name has upset many city residents, who see the change as yet another example of an international heavyweight obliterating a beloved local brand. Locals are still smarting from Tianfu Cola’s defeat at the hands of Pepsi back in the mid-nineties. The newspaper presented three objections to the name change, along with rebuttals from the head of the company that owns the hotel: 1. Trashing a good brand 2. Foreign help is not needed…
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      Chongqing Guest House, a city landmark, will change its nameChongqing Evening News 5.2.10

      • Tweet received [catbear, [+] Sun 24 Mar 10:16 via Twitter fro Android]:

        @catbear RT @TheNBR: Should New Zealand have a Chinese hotel? http://t.co/YJKGEjxsov > @Ironaldmod @sherryyi @whatifdunedin @TheWarRoomNZ

        ### nbr.co.nz 5:40PM Sunday 24 March 2013
        Should New Zealand have a Chinese hotel?
        By David Williams | WEEKEND REVIEW
        That’s the potential to New Zealand from Chinese tourism, Prime Minister John Key says. In 2012, Chinese tourists boosted the economy by an estimated $651 million, with 208,704 Chinese visiting in the year ended February 2013, a 37.7% increase on the previous period. As the high dollar makes a long-haul trip less attractive for North American and European tourists, it seems the next wave of tourism growth will come from Asia generally and China, in particular.
        As reported in this week’s National Business Review print edition, this growth potential has prompted Mr Key to call for a Chinese hotel to be built in New Zealand. He says New Zealand has to tailor its tourism offerings and be smarter about how they are marketed to attract higher-value tourists. Of Chinese tourists he says: “Speaking to them in Japanese and thinking they can understand us isn’t going to work.”
        The prime minister’s office is yet to clarify whether Mr Key meant a Chinese-owned or Chinese-themed hotel. However, the very idea of a kind-of cultural oasis for tourists – bringing their culture to this country to make them feel more comfortable, obviating the need for them to be ensconced in ours – has sparked debate about the future face of Asian-facing tourism.
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  2. Hype O'Thermia

    How weird, travelling abroad so one can experience one’s own culture.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    As I’ve noted before, the classified advertising columns show a disproportionate number of listings for Asian sex workers. Strange that at the same time as NZ-born and genuine immigrant Asians seem to do so well at school and tertiary education, highly represented in courses leading to professional careers, there are so many young Asian women in the “oldest profession”. NZ-born? Genuine immigrants? Self-employed entrepreneurs or exploited? If the first 3 that’s their business. I’d like to think if 4th there’s some official organisation noting the high numbers of them. I suppose they are working in and out of local houses and apartments.

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