Ambitious plans for the ancient city of Putuo

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Artist’s impression of the Zhenru sub-center in the Putuo district

The city of Zhenru in Shanghai, which dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), will become a “center of public activities” for the Yangtze River Delta region.

The city of the district of Putuo, originally formed around the Zhenru temple, will become the “northwest living room” of the city and serve the national strategy of integrated development of the region, said Zhang Yuxin, deputy director of Putuo, during the first session of Forum Zhenru on Monday.

It will become one of four downtown sub-centers, with Xujiahui in Xuhui District, Wujiaochang in Yangpu District and Huamu in New Pudong District.

They will become the new engine of the city’s development with the five new cities of Jiading, Qingpu, Songjiang, Fengxian and Nanhui districts.

The Zhenru sub-center will cover 6.2 square kilometers, based around Shanghai West Station and the highways connecting the Yangtze River Delta. The station’s transport hub handles more than 40,000 passengers per day as the northwest gateway to Shanghai.

The forum invites town planners and experts to express their views on the city’s future development. Key experts at the first forum include Lu Ming, professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and executive director of Shanghai Institute of National Economy.

As one of the city’s four sub-centers, Zhenru will further highlight its advantages in terms of convenient transportation and abundant cultural resources. It will become a quality sub-center showcasing technology, transportation, cultivation and extensive plant cover, Zhang said.

More convenient public services will be available in the city to implement the principle of people-centered urban development referred to by President Xi Jinping during his visit to Shanghai in 2019, he said.

Zhenru was originally formed between 1208 and 1224 when a monk built the Zhenru Temple and a Xianghua (Fragrant Flower) Bridge, which brought devotees to the area. Markets then developed around the temple, which still exists, as well as the Zhenru Pagoda.

The city, formerly known as Taoxi, or Peach Creek, was located between the former counties of Jiading and Shanghai. It was known as one of the city’s four most successful historic markets.

A large number of corporate headquarters in the Yangtze River Delta region, especially financial technology companies, have gathered in Zhenru, Du Chunwen, deputy executive director of the sub-center management committee, told the forum. .

It aims to become the sub-center of an exceptional global city, an innovative dynamic area as well as a better living area, according to Du.

Construction of the Zhenrujing Project, a key commercial complex in the central sub-central region, has started.

The project is built above Zhenru station of metro lines 11 and 14. The complex includes commercial facilities covering 300,000 square meters, shopping malls and a theater covering 150,000 square meters as well as residential communities, a belt green and underground spaces.

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