Shanghai aims to become Cosmoplitan -min
The Shanghai government has prepared a blueprint to build the city into a global city and a modern cosmopolis by 2035. The master plan unveiled by the Shanghai government has in detail charted the course to be taken for the eastern city’s development over the next 18 years. The plan has been approved by the State Council which aims to make Shanghai the core city of the Yangtze River Delta city cluster, a centre of international economy, finance, trade, shipping and technological innovation. The plan aims to strike a balance between saving enough agricultural land and optimizing urban space, creating a better living environment, tightly controlling its population and allowing all ages to enjoy life and lead healthy lifestyles.
The plan envisions the city capping its population of permanent residents at 25 million by 2035, while the overall construction will be limited to 3,200 sq km. Priority will also be given to environmental protection, as more efforts will be made to weed out outdated production capacity, reduce emissions, enhance protection of water and land resources, and build Shanghai into a sustainable eco-city.
Shanghai is one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China and the most populous city proper in the world, with a population of more than 24 million as of 2014. Shanghai has been described as the “showpiece” of the booming economy of mainland China, renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, and museums and historic buildings, such as those along The Bund, as well as the City God Temple and the Yu Garden.