China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO - Cen­tury Av­enue in Shanghai

More than 500 Chi­nese cities have started or are ex­pected to start their “smart-city” trans­for­ma­tions dur­ing 2017, ac­cord­ing to the Eco­nomic In­for­ma­tion Daily. Cur­rently, a to­tal of 290 cities have ini­ti­ated smart-city pi­lot projects, and more than 300 cities have signed smart-city con­struc­tion agree­ments with IT com­pa­nies. By March, more than 500 cities, in­clud­ing 95 per­cent of pro­vin­cial cap­i­tals and 83 per­cent of pre­fec­ture-level cities, had pro­posed tran­si­tion­ing into smart cities. As con­struc­tion of smart cities ac­cel­er­ates, the scale of re­lated mar­kets is ex­pected to hit 100 bil­lion yuan ($14.5 bil­lion). This fig­ure shoots up to 1 tril­lion when up­stream and down­stream in­dus­tries are in­cluded.

is known as the Asian Champs El­y­sees. On Tues­day, it cel­e­brated its 27 th an­niver­sary.

The boule­vard, con­nect­ing the Ori­en­tal Pearl Tower to Cen­tury Park, wit­nessed the dra­matic changes and the devel­op­ment of the Pudong New Area as it be­came a shin­ing name­card for China.

The old photo (above) shows the av­enue dur­ing con­struc­tion in May 1999.

In an ae­rial photo taken in April (right), the av­enue flaunts its beau­ti­ful sky­line and ex­pan­sive views, with Pudong’s well-known sky­scrapers on it.

Arend F. van Peer, 39, and his wife, Khingeeva Tatyana, came to China from the Nether­lands in Oc­to­ber 2013. A pro­fes­sor of life sci­ences, Van Peer also was a fan of Chi­nese mar­tial arts. As stu­dents of kung fu mas­ter Lin Zaipei, Van Peer and his wife learned the Dishuquan, which is also known as the Dog Kung Fu, one of the most pop­u­lar mar­tial arts styles in Fu­jian prov­ince and a na­tional level in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage. In May, the cou­ple will fin­ish their work in China and re­turn home: They plan to in­tro­duce the Dog Kung Fu to the peo­ple in their coun­try.

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