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Historic neighborhood restores old glory

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Historic neighborhood restores old glory




The Qishan Village at 1032 Yuyuan Road has restored its glory of almost a century ago after a makeover renewing the historic neighborhood.







The black overhead cables, once an eyesore, have been buried underground. The exterior walls have been dusted off and decorated with red or green bricks, rough plaster or pebbles as they used to be.





The wooden beams infested with termites were replaced by new ones. Kitchens and bathrooms were also upgraded to better serve the residents.





The neighborhood was built in the 1920s, with characteristic Shanghai lane houses. It has a history as home to many luminaries.








Missile and space scientist Qian Xuesen lived here when he returned from the United States in 1955. His old house is now a memorial to his legacy.




Among other former residents are writer, translator and scholar Shi Zhecun, translator Fu Lei and pianist Gu Shengying.





Friendship store closes for business shift




The Shanghai Hongqiao Friendship Shopping Center has been closed down amid a strategy shift. The future of the shopping mall is very likely not about shopping.







Set up in 1994, it was Shanghai's first joint venture department store and became a benchmark for shops selling luxury products.




From last Tuesday, the shopping center was closed for restructuring and renovations, according to statements posted at the entrance and on its official social media account.





As the first joint venture department store, its main shareholders include the city’s retail conglomerate Bailian Group and a Hong Kong investor.




The Friendship Shopping Center was a prime location in the 1990s and early 2000s, when consumers had little chance to buy imported items.








Consumers now have a variety of choice when buying imported goods from both online and offline stores — large shopping centers and department stores lack the merchandising capability to find the most suitable products for shoppers.





According to a joint report by Deloitte China, the China Chamber of International Commerce, and AliResearch, China’s robust economic growth in recent years — among the fastest in the world — has increased the number of middle-to-high income Chinese consumers who are fueling the demand for imported, quality goods.





Bailian Group Co is also in the process of mapping out a working scheme to actively upgrade retailers’ information technology systems to help them better manage inventory and meet the demands of nearby office workers and commuters.








Some of Bailian’s hypermarkets are being restructured to feature more fresh food and less daily groceries, and the floor space will also be cut down to raise operational efficiency.




The city’s legislators seek to combine online and offline businesses to drive synergies and new strategic initiatives to better promote the city as a shopping destination.





Hospital practices painless delivery over a decade




A recent circular by the state health authority suggested more hospitals throughout the country offering mothers a pain-free birth option but the Changning Maternity & Infant Health Hospital has carried out the practice for more than a decade.







The circular issued last Tuesday by the National Health Commission suggesting “a certain number” of hospitals across the country be selected to join a pilot program over the next two years to provide epidurals to relieve pain during a vaginal birth in a bid to reduce caesarean rates.




At Changning Maternity & Infant Health Hospital, around 80 percent of women had an epidural analgesia for pain relief during labor.




The hospital promotes pain-free childbirth among mothers through a pregnant women school it opened, posters, videos and tips online and offline as well as seminars regularly held.







However, the cost of painless delivery and understaffed anesthesiologists are two main challenges at present. The cost of painless delivery varies across China and is not covered by the public medical insurance yet.




Meanwhile, anesthesiologists have to work overtime late at night as most pregnant women deliver by then.








Best time to appreciate fallen gingko leaves





A number of streets in Changning, including Tianzhong Road, the Golden Street, Yili Road, Quankou Road and Kele Road, have become the best places to appreciate the fallen gingko leaves since the seasonal change created its annual colorful spectacle.







Even though the best viewing time is about two weeks from mid-November, it is still a beautiful sight as the leaves fall and create gorgeous natural golden carpet.






It has become the latest craze for joggers, cyclists and photographers, with the striking colors of autumn and winter.




Low carbon project boosts green development





Since Changning joined a World Bank project to support low-carbon city development by promoting green energy schemes in September 2013, the district has completed 38 retrofit projects to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings which together cover 240,000 square meters and have cut carbon emissions by 20,204 tons.







The Hongqiao area was included in Shanghai’s first eight pilot zones for low carbon practice in a term of up to five years from 2012.





House No.9 at Hongqiao State Guest Hotel is the first nearly zero-carbon building in Shanghai which houses the Asia-Pacific headquarters of DNV·GL Group.







The building has a thermal insulation wall, induction lighting, window magnetic induction, high efficiency air conditioner and photovaltic power generation.





The total amount of energy used by the 3,064-square-meter building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.









Without considering energy consumption at the socket of CO2 emissions from the building were controlled at 16.74 kilograms per square meter, which achieved near-zero emission standards.




After a low carbon retrofit, the radio broadcast building at Hongqiao Road cut CO2 emissions by 645.13 tons last year. The total energy saving ratio of the building reached nearly 22 percent.




Energy-saving covers the air-conditioning system, lighting system, transmission and distribution system and control system. It only takes four people to complete daily operation and maintenance of the building after the introduction of an intelligent management system.








Other low carbon projects include an underground pedestrian tunnel beneath the Hongqiao Business Area, a slow traffic system along the Suzhou Creek, a 400-meter-wide tree belt at the Outer Ring Road, a smart energy system being developed at Tongren Hospital and the Internet of energy at Linkong Economic Demonstration Zone.




Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily








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