Shanghai Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Nie Xin

Praised as “the birth­place of Shang­hai cul­ture and the gath­er­ing hall of his­tor­i­cal celebri­ties” by Chi­nese

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping,

Hongkou Dis­trict was one of the ear­li­est open­ing-up ar­eas in China. The his­tory of Hongkou can be traced to the open­ing of Shang­hai’s port.

Boast­ing an area of 23.4 square kilo­me­ters in the north­east of Shang­hai’s city cen­ter, the dis­trict now gov­erns eight sub­dis­tricts with a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of more than 800,000.

By 2020, Hongkou will have built im­por­tant func­tional ar­eas of the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter and the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Ship­ping Cen­ter, an in­flu­en­tial cre­ative en­tre­pre­neur­ial zone, an ac­ces­si­ble and di­ver­si­fied Shang­hai cul­tural her­itage de­vel­op­ment zone and a liv­able high-qual­ity dis­trict with ap­pro­pri­ate in­dus­tries.

At the same time, top-grade of­fice build­ings in Hongkou are be­com­ing new land­marks of the city, in­clud­ing Si­nar Mas Cen­ter, Raf­fles City of Cap­i­taLand, Shang­hai Land­mark Cen­ter, Shang­hai Point and the twin tow­ers of Shang­hai YiFang Cen­ter.

With a frame­work ti­tled “South, Mid­dle and North” to pro­mote its in­dus­tries, func­tions and forms through co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment, Hongkou is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a func­tional re­for­ma­tion and rev­o­lu­tion.

Fo­cus­ing on the fi­nan­cial and ship­ping in­dus­tries, the South Func­tional Area is the core for the con­struc­tion of Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Ship­ping Cen­ter. The area is also part of the CBD area of Shang­hai, to­gether with the Bund and Lu­ji­azui, as well as an im­por­tant part of the Bund fi­nan­cial strip of Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter.

Un­der a strategy for the in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment of trade, tourism, cul­ture and sports, the Mid­dle Area is ac­ti­vat­ing the re­sources of river sys­tems and tourism. The area will in­crease the in­te­gra­tion of busi­ness, travel, cul­ture and sports, ac­cord­ing to its blue­print for the next five years.

The North Func­tional Area has be­come another part of the Shang­hai S&T In­no­va­tion Cen­ter, help­ing to ac­cel­er­ate ur­ban re­newal, in­dus­trial up­grad­ing and project im­ple­men­ta­tion. A new busi­ness zone will be de­vel­oped for in­no­va­tion com­pa­nies to re­flect Hongkou’s in­no­va­tive spirit and sup­port con­struc­tion of the Shang­hai S&T In­no­va­tion Cen­ter by 2024.

More than 4,500 ship­ping ser­vice com­pa­nies and more than 38 ship­ping func­tional agen­cies have been reg­is­tered in Hongkou, which has made the dis­trict one of the most con­cen­trated ar­eas of the na­tional ship­ping econ­omy.

The North Bund was also named as the first “Head­quar­ters Base for Ship­ping Ser­vices” na­tion­wide by the Min­istry of Trans­port.

Up to 10 per­cent of na­tional pub­licly of­fered fund man­age­ment com­pa­nies are reg­is­tered in Hongkou too. Since 2011, more than 1,500 large fi­nan­cial ser­vice com­pa­nies have set­tled in Hongkou, with their as­sets ex­ceed­ing 5 tril­lion yuan (US$712 bil­lion).

Cul­ture is al­ready an es­tab­lished call­ing card of Hongkou. Shanyin Road area, Ti­lan­qiao area and part of the Bund his­toric and cul­tural preser­va­tion area at the north­ern river­front of Suzhou Creek are in Hongkou. They are all listed among the city’s 12 his­toric and cul­tural preser­va­tion zones. The 1933 Shang­hai, Penin­su­lar Bay, SNH48 Theater and other his­toric build­ings com­bine cul­ture and cre­ative fash­ion to present modern charm and new val­ues.

Hongkou is also ded­i­cated to the de­vel­op­ment of the low-car­bon pro­duc­tion ser­vice in­dus­try and the es­tab­lish­ment of the League of Shang­hai En­ergy Sav­ing In­dus­try. The gov­ern­ment un­der­takes the project of Green Tech­nol­ogy Bank, whose head­quar­ters are lo­cated at Pu­jiang In­ter­na­tional Fi­nan­cial Plaza, to build a demon­stra­tion area of the green tech­nol­ogy.

Typ­i­cal pro­fes­sional ser­vices such as test­ing, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, le­gal ser­vices, en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­ta­tion and other rel­e­vant ser­vices have been es­sen­tial com­mer­cial sup­port for the econ­omy of the dis­trict. By com­bin­ing sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion projects and plat­form con­struc­tion, Hongkou will pri­or­i­tize re­search and de­vel­op­ment ser­vices and ad­vance test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices via the in­tro­duc­tion of third-party or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Si­nar Mas Cen­ter

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