Chi­nese port launched

Cruise Weekly - - News -

THE launch of the re­de­vel­op­ment of Qing­dao In­ter­na­tional Cruise Ter­mi­nal Area was held at Qing­dao Port (pic­tured) on Sat, lo­cated in the east­ern prov­ince of Shan­dong.

The Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of Qing­dao has signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with Shan­dong Port Group for 10 bil­lion Yuan (A$ 2.2893 bil­lion).

The Gov­ern­ment also inked con­tracts with a num­ber of part­ners for 14 in­dus­trial projects in the area, equalling a to­tal in­vest­ment of 31.35 bil­lion yuan (A$7.21 bil­lion).

Set to be the “core zone” of the ‘China (Qing­dao) Pi­lot Zone for Devel­op­ment of Cruise Tourism’ the cruise as­pects of the devel­op­ment will fea­ture the Shang­haifang zone, for “high-end cruise ser­vices”, as well as the Tan­haifang & Tong­haifang zones for ocean ex­plo­ration and ocean-re­lated in­no­va­tion re­spec­tively.

Also set to fea­ture at the new site are a re­tail area, the Le­haifang zone, and the res­i­den­tial Juhaifang zone.

Oc­cur­ring un­der the coun­try’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, the devel­op­ment will to­tal nine kilo­me­tres of shore­line and 4.2-square kilo­me­tres of land area, with a to­tal planned con­struc­tion area of 5.39 mil­lion square me­ters.

The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of CPC Shan­dong Com­mit­tee mem­ber & Sec­re­tary of CPC Qing­dao Com­mit­tee Wang Qingx­ian, Qing­dao Mayor Meng Fanli and CPC Com­mit­tee Sec­re­tary & Shan­dong Port Group Chair­man Huo Gaoyuan, as well as more than 100 con­struc­tion work­ers, pre­par­ing to break ground.

The city men­tioned the trans­for­ma­tion and ren­o­va­tion of the area “will play a part in the up­grad­ing and devel­op­ment of the city’s his­toric ur­ban zones”, and is a sig­nif­i­cant fo­cus on the city’s goal of build­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

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