Leisure: Ho­tels to gain most from Dis­ney­land project in Shang­hai

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For ex­am­ple, the pop­u­la­tion of the Yangtze River Delta re­gion ex­ceeds 160 mil­lion, far more than the pop­u­la­tion of Tokyo 31 years ago. Shang­hai re­ceives more than 18 mil­lion vis­i­tors ev­ery year, which is more than Ja­pan as a whole.

“The Shang­hai re­sort is very likely to re­ceive more than 10 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2016. With steady 20 per­cent an­nual growth, the re­sort will re­ceive more than 20 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2020,” she said.

Com­bined with the ex­pe­ri­ence gained dur­ing the Shang­hai Expo 2010, the ho­tel in­dus­try will ben­e­fit the most from the es­tab­lish­ment of Shang­hai’s own Dis­ney Re­sort.

Mean­while, tourist at­trac­tions and scenic spots in neigh­bor­ing cities and prov­inces will also see a grow­ing num­ber of vis­i­tors, many of whom will be drawn to the re­gion by the Dis­ney re­sort.

Shang­hai Party Chief Han Zheng said in an ear­lier in­ter­view that the Shang­hai re­sort will help up­grade the mod­ern ser­vice in­dus­try in the city and help the en­tire Yangtze River Delta re­gion be­come a clus­ter of glob­ally com­pet­i­tive cities.

Aux­il­iary projects sur­round­ing the re­sort are also un­der con­struc­tion. Two ma­jor roads out­side the theme park have been com­pleted and an­other three sup­port­ing roads are be­ing built. A large trans­porta­tion hub will be set up at the west en­trance of the theme park. Ametro line that will take tourists to the re­sort was com­pleted in Septem­ber 2014.

With the roads built, the once quiet and re­mote Chuan­sha county, where the re­sort is be­ing built, has seen tremen­dous changes in the past few years — most no­tably, in terms of prop­erty prices.

Ac­cord­ing to hous­ing

in­for­ma­tion provider An­juke, the av­er­age hous­ing price soared from 5,000 yuan per sq m in 2010 to 30,000 yuan in 2014. Land prices in Chuan­sha surged 500 times within the past decade.

Zhu Taiy­ong, a sales man­ager at the neigh­bor­ing com­mu­nity East Subur­ban Penin­sula Villa, said that all the vil­las have been sold and only some 250 sq m apart­ments re­main avail­able. The price of a 400 sqmvilla has dou­bled to 20 mil­lion yuan since 2010.

How­ever, it is ob­vi­ous that hardly any­one is liv­ing in this area at present.

For one thing, it takes about 45 min­utes to drive from the project to down­town Shang­hai, as­sum­ing there is no traf­fic. The drive to the Dis­ney Re­sort is just 15 min­utes, but that is hardly a rea­son to live there. Con­tact the writer at shi­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Chan Ka-ke­ung,

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