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The Fortune Global Forum is in town! As we all have experienced, Chengdu did undergo a drastic change for this 3-days super event. The transformation of the city isn’t new to its inhabitants, though the developments for this Forum are mind-blowing. Construction projects have sped up, a second layer has been added to the second ring road, lots of beautification projects have been implemented, etc. All these projects meant a big influx of cash into the economy and thousands of people working around the clock to make this all happen. Let’s learn a bit more about this Fortune Global Forum and the changes it brought to the city.

Fortune Global Forum
Since 1995 the leading businesses in the world meet-up. These top 500 businesses come for a fourth time to China at the beginning of June – our “City in the Basin” is honored to host the Fortune Global Forum. Chengdu was chosen to be one of the fastest growing cities of the next decade by Forbes Magazine in 2010 and with luminaries like Bill Clinton, George Bush, Hu Jintao and CEOs of several of the biggest companies in attendance, it sure seems like Chengdu’s time has finally come.

This is the 3rd time the Fortune Global Forum has been held in mainland China; more than any other country. The president of China always took an important participating role during the Global Forum along with other important government officials and CEOs of China’s greatest companies. Chengdu follows the path of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

As most people know, Chengdu – due to its giant pandas and great surrounding nature – will soon be the most important financial center in southwest China. The city has the highest export volume in southwest China but besides this it boasts the most Fortune Global 500 (>230 nowadays) companies, foreign banks and insurances companies and foreign consulates than any other city in the region. With more than 30 higher learning institutions in the region it was a logical decision that Chengdu would be the center of the Going West policy. With a lot of nature within the city, its modern looks and recently upgraded second ring road, Chengdu’s earned the name: The Best New City for Global Business.

Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province is the center of the going West policy of the Chinese government and will get an extra boost from this event. Based in Southwest China, the city is expected to become one of the country’s new economic centers over the next years. Due to the Global Fortune Forum the city already enjoyed some great developments, restructures, and upgrades. With this, and its strategic central position, a lot of international firms have chosen Chengdu as the future center of their China operations. With its big air hub, direct international flight towards a number of important destinations and the biggest railway container hub in Asia it is going to be a city with a bright future.

This year’s themes will be based around China and the evolution of China’s domestic economy and emerging role in the world; on sustainable development, innovation, technology, global finance, and economic recovery. With multiple formats designed to stimulate debates, general sessions, global perspectives and viewpoints will be the discussion topics. The attendees will visit the leading business and industrial zones in the city and will get to know more about the city’s development, plans, and expectations.

The city of Chengdu developed Five Metropolitan Prosperity Strategies to focus on while developing the city into a world-renown metropolis. Having more international air and rail connections has a high priority, but keeping the city fast has meant improvements to public transportation i.e. increasing the number of subway lines and high-volume multi-layered mass transit systems like the second ring road. By connecting the city centre with the Tianfu New Zone, two important local economic, growing, hubs are combined. Lowering the travel time within the city to half an hour is the main goal of government traffic policies. Linking Leshan and Mianyang, two major cities in the Sichuan province, with Chengdu is also important. But keeping Chengdu relevant means a second airport and the Chengdu-Lanzhou railway as new development projects. These strategies will help to increase the size and value of all industries while optimizing these projects new local industries will grow and more economic and technological zones should be built and the third ring of Chengdu will rise.

The size and value of changes in Chengdu are becoming the objectives of the heart of Western China and the Fortune Global Forum will be a good start for its international expansion.

Event of the Month - Fortune Global Forum

Chengdu’s Change
Since the Fortune Global Forum is a pretty big thing, the government took pretty big measures to make sure it goes off without a hitch. As we’ve all noticed, a lot of beautification projects have been implemented. Many facades were rebuilt, sidewalks and bicycle lanes redone, flowers and plants replaced or added to, new bus stations/ road signs/ garbage bins, etcetera. Tricycles, beggars, and other non-good looking stuff will be swept of the streets. Even the sky is blue now!
The Second Ring Road Construction was an ambitious project. The target was to rebuild the ring road to include an elevated platform for public transportation and parking space along the lower levels. Guess what? They did it! In about a year, a gigantic structure has risen to alleviate the city congestion. This 43.7km cement monster is the single largest municipal government-invested project to date.
Let’s analyze this biggest project a bit closer.

The Second Ring Road Construction.
In February 2012, the Chengdu Municipal Government approved the “Chengdu Second Ring Road Reconstruction Project Program.” The project strived to build the Second Ring Road (below here referred as SRR) Chengdu expressway, high-capacity rapid transit Ring Road and several other road construction projects to ease traffic in Chengdu.

The blueprints for the project were discussed 100s of times. There are 4000 people working on the project at any given time, and now the project is finished, it will be able to transport 200,000 people per day. The new ring road layer is a huge elevated roadway with 2 different systems: the fast road system and urban road system. The fast road system serves the long distance travelers and the urban road system is used along with the SRR for short distance travel. Normally this project would be completed by the end of July, but the City Government has changed the deadline to the beginning of June because of the Fortune Global Forum.

Second Layer
The new ring road has 3 different height bridges; 6 meter height, to ensure normal social passage of vehicles; 9 meter height, to ensure rapid transit stations, and 15 meters height, for overpass areas. The normal overpass clearance is 5 meters but here it has to be higher. The viaduct is about 9 meters high because of the existing footbridge ring road and the creation of rapid transit station, which is beneath a pedestrian bridge.

The east half of the SRR’s second layer is 13.1km long. It is elevated 12 meters above the ground level with a clearance level of at least 9 meters. The second layer is 28.5 meters wide and has 6 lanes. It runs from the Jinjiang Bridge to the north of the Fuhe Bridge and linking major nodes such as North Railway Station, Shanban Bridge, Beixin Bridge, Renju Bridge, and Shuangqiaozi.

The West half of the SRR’s second layer is 15.3 km long and has 12 lanes, 6 lanes for the entire two-way fast road, 2 lanes for special viaduct of the bus rapid transit and the remaining 4 are supplemented lanes.

Bus Rapid Transit System
A bus rapid transit (BRT) is a high performance public transport bus service which aims to combine bus lanes with high-quality bus “stations,” vehicles and amenities to achieve the performance and quality of a light rail or metro system, with the flexibility, cost and simplicity of a bus system. Chengdu’s BRT has an operating length of 31.5 kilometers and is divided into 3 layers: ground level, concourse level, and platform level.

The BRT system line has 28 paired stops, with an average spacing of about 1000 meters. It will operate between 6am – 11pm, and vehicles will arrive at intervals of 1 ½ minutes (rush hour), 3 minutes (non-rush hour), and 6 minutes (late-hour).

A ride along the BRT will cost 2 yuan, a bus can contain 180 passengers and will travel at an average speed of 26 km/h. The site setting have two reasons: being close to the needs of passengers and meeting construction standards such as ramp requirements.
One rapid transit station is 180 meters long and 3.8 meters wide. The entire site is about 100 meters long and 80 meters are remaining area for the emergency turn-around area.

Six stops are featured: Hongpailou Station House South District Station, North Railway Station, Jianshe Road Station, East Street Station and North Branch Road Station. The reason for setting 6 specialty stations is based on two considerations: First, the Second Ring Road Expressway as a ring does not exist in other complex urban road traffic, while there are dedicated bus lanes. Secondly, the same design of all the stops is not a bright spot. With these six different stops, the ring will become more dynamic.

Upon the completion of construction, the SRR, the mainline across the board to cancel the traffic lights, the Second Ring Expressway mainline design can take speeds of up to 60-80km/h and the bus rapid transit has an average operating speed of up to 26km/h.

Noise Reduction
Noise is generated via bridge expansion joints. The construction has the usual expansion joints every 80 meters. They used three layers of asphalt in the pavement of the new ring road to reduce the noise by 3-5 db. And the openings can absorb noise, so that the road works like acoustic panels.

Precautionary measures against flooding
Downspouts of 20cm in diameter, crash walls with drainage holes, as well as a small doors are available to drain the water on the ring road. The new drainage system is very advanced according to British experts who have consulted on the drainage design system.

Second Ring Road Construction facts:
– 2,128 columns
– 6,785 pile foundations
– 12,598 meters water pipes
– 5,786 meters gas pipeline
– 11,160 meters drainage pipeline
– 300 cameras are watching you along the way
– Every 120 meters there is a fire extinguishing device

Let’s hope all this effort helps the city becomes more efficient and cosmopolitan. With more investment the quality of everyone’s lives goes up.

Chengdu – Can Do!

By Net Phoonsap, Wouter Hansen, & Dieter Vanonckelen

Global Forum Chengdu's Change picThe Global Fortune Forum
By Net Phoonsap, Wouter Hansen, & Dieter Vanonckelen

As we all know, the Fortune Global Forum is coming to town soon. As we all have experienced, Chengdu did undergo a drastic change for this 3-days super event. The transformation of the city isn’t new to its inhabitants, though the developments for this Forum are mind-blowing. Construction projects have sped up, a second layer has been added to the second ring road, lots of beautification projects have been implemented, etc. All these projects meant a big influx of cash into the economy and thousands of people working around the clock to make this all happen. Let’s learn a bit more about this Fortune Global Forum and the changes it brought to the city.

Fortune Global Forum
Since 1995 the leading businesses in the world meet-up. These top 500 businesses come for a fourth time to China at the beginning of June – our “City in the Basin” is honored to host the Fortune Global Forum. Chengdu was chosen to be one of the fastest growing cities of the next decade by Forbes Magazine in 2010 and with luminaries like Bill Clinton, George Bush, Hu Jintao and CEOs of several of the biggest companies in attendance, it sure seems like Chengdu’s time has finally come.

This is the 3rd time the Fortune Global Forum has been held in China; more than any other country. The president of China always took an important participating role during the Global Forum along with other important government officials and CEOs of China’s greatest companies. Chengdu follows the path of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

As most people know, Chengdu – due to its giant pandas and great surrounding nature – will soon be the most important financial center in southwest China. The city has the highest export volume in southwest China but besides this it boasts the most Fortune Global 500 (>230 nowadays) companies, foreign banks and insurances companies and foreign consulates than any other city in the region. With more than 30 higher learning institutions in the region it was a logical decision that Chengdu would be the center of the Going West policy. With a lot of nature within the city, its modern looks and recently upgraded second ring road, Chengdu’s earned the name: The Best New City for Global Business.

Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province is the center of the going West policy of the Chinese government and will get an extra boost from this event. Based in Southwest China, the city is expected to become one of the country’s new economic centers over the next years. Due to the Global Fortune Forum the city already enjoyed some great developments, restructures, and upgrades. With this, and its strategic central position, a lot of international firms have chosen Chengdu as the future center of their China operations. With its big air hub, direct international flight towards a number of important destinations and the biggest railway container hub in Asia it is going to be a city with a bright future.

This year’s themes will be based around China and the evolution of China’s domestic economy and emerging role in the world; on sustainable development, innovation, technology, global finance, and economic recovery. With multiple formats designed to stimulate debates, general sessions, global perspectives and viewpoints will be the discussion topics. The attendees will visit the leading business and industrial zones in the city and will get to know more about the city’s development, plans, and expectations.

The city of Chengdu developed Five Metropolitan Prosperity Strategies to focus on while developing the city into a world-renown metropolis. Having more international air and rail connections has a high priority, but keeping the city fast has meant improvements to public transportation i.e. increasing the number of subway lines and high-volume multi-layered mass transit systems like the second ring road. By connecting the city centre with the Tianfu New Zone, two important local economic, growing, hubs are combined. Lowering the travel time within the city to half an hour is the main goal of government traffic policies. Linking Leshan and Mianyang, two major cities in the Sichuan province, with Chengdu is also important. But keeping Chengdu relevant means a second airport and the Chengdu-Lanzhou railway as new development projects. These strategies will help to increase the size and value of all industries while optimizing these projects new local industries will grow and more economic and technological zones should be built and the third ring of Chengdu will rise.

The size and value of changes in Chengdu are becoming the objectives of the heart of Western China and the Fortune Global Forum will be a good start for its international expansion.

Chengdu’s Change
Since the Fortune Global Forum is a pretty big thing, the government took pretty big measures to make sure it goes off without a hitch. As we’ve all noticed, a lot of beautification projects have been implemented. Many facades were rebuilt, sidewalks and bicycle lanes redone, flowers and plants replaced or added to, new bus stations/ road signs/ garbage bins, etcetera. Tricycles, beggars, and other non-good looking stuff will be swept of the streets. Even the sky is blue now!
The Second Ring Road Construction was an ambitious project. The target was to rebuild the ring road to include an elevated platform for public transportation and parking space along the lower levels. Guess what? They did it! In about a year, a gigantic structure has risen to alleviate the city congestion. This 43.7km cement monster is the single largest municipal government-invested project to date.
Let’s analyze this biggest project a bit closer.

The Second Ring Road Construction. [JingJing, from here on the article will need more editing (I mostly used Chinese sources to write, so hard to compile my English sentences)]
In February 2012, the Chengdu Municipal Government approved the “Chengdu Second Ring Road Reconstruction Project Program.” The project strived to build the Second Ring Road (below here referred as SRR) Chengdu expressway, high-capacity rapid transit Ring Road and several other road construction projects to ease traffic in Chengdu.

The blueprints for the project were discussed 100s of times. There are 4000 people working on the project at any given time, and now the project is finished, it will be able to transport 200,000 people per day. The new ring road layer is a huge elevated roadway with 2 different systems: the fast road system and urban road system. The fast road system serves the long distance travelers and the urban road system is used along with the SRR for short distance travel. Normally this project would be completed by the end of July, but the City Government has changed the deadline to the beginning of June because of the Fortune Global Forum.

Second Layer
The new ring road has 3 different height bridges; 6 meter height, to ensure normal social passage of vehicles; 9 meter height, to ensure rapid transit stations, and 15 meters height, for overpass areas. The normal overpass clearance is 5 meters but here it has to be higher. The viaduct is about 9 meters high because of the existing footbridge ring road and the creation of rapid transit station, which is beneath a pedestrian bridge.

The east half of the SRR’s second layer is 13.1km long. It is elevated 12 meters above the ground level with a clearance level of at least 9 meters. The second layer is 28.5 meters wide and has 6 lanes. It runs from the Jinjiang Bridge to the north of the Fuhe Bridge and linking major nodes such as North Railway Station, Shanban Bridge, Beixin Bridge, Renju Bridge, and Shuangqiaozi.

The West half of the SRR’s second layer is 15.3 km long and has 12 lanes, 6 lanes for the entire two-way fast road, 2 lanes for special viaduct of the bus rapid transit and the remaining 4 are supplemented lanes.

Bus Rapid Transit System
A bus rapid transit (BRT) is a high performance public transport bus service which aims to combine bus lanes with high-quality bus “stations,” vehicles and amenities to achieve the performance and quality of a light rail or metro system, with the flexibility, cost and simplicity of a bus system. Chengdu’s BRT has an operating length of 31.5 kilometers and is divided into 3 layers: ground level, concourse level, and platform level.

The BRT system line has 28 paired stops, with an average spacing of about 1000 meters. It will operate between 6am – 11pm, and vehicles will arrive at intervals of 1 ½ minutes (rush hour), 3 minutes (non-rush hour), and 6 minutes (late-hour).

A ride along the BRT will cost 2 yuan, a bus can contain 180 passengers and will travel at an average speed of 26 km/h. The site setting have two reasons: being close to the needs of passengers and meeting construction standards such as ramp requirements.
One rapid transit station is 180 meters long and 3.8 meters wide. The entire site is about 100 meters long and 80 meters are remaining area for the emergency turn-around area.

Six stops are featured: Hongpailou Station House South District Station, North Railway Station, Jianshe Road Station, East Street Station and North Branch Road Station. The reason for setting 6 specialty stations is based on two considerations: First, the Second Ring Road Expressway as a ring does not exist in other complex urban road traffic, while there are dedicated bus lanes. Secondly, the same design of all the stops is not a bright spot. With these six different stops, the ring will become more dynamic.

Upon the completion of construction, the SRR, the mainline across the board to cancel the traffic lights, the Second Ring Expressway mainline design can take speeds of up to 60-80km/h and the bus rapid transit has an average operating speed of up to 26km/h.

Noise Reduction
Noise is generated via bridge expansion joints. The construction has the usual expansion joints every 80 meters. They used three layers of asphalt in the pavement of the new ring road to reduce the noise by 3-5 db. And the openings can absorb noise, so that the road works like acoustic panels.

Precautionary measures against flooding
Downspouts of 20cm in diameter, crash walls with drainage holes, as well as a small doors are available to drain the water on the ring road. The new drainage system is very advanced according to British experts who have consulted on the drainage design system.

Second Ring Road Construction facts [Rainy, please include this somewhere in the middle, comparable to the Lan Kwai Fong separate listings ]:
– 2,128 columns
– 6,785 pile foundations
– 12,598 meters water pipes
– 5,786 meters gas pipeline
– 11,160 meters drainage pipeline
– 300 cameras are watching you along the way
– Every 120 meters there is a fire extinguishing device

Let’s hope all this effort helps the city becomes more efficient and cosmopolitan. With more investment the quality of everyone’s lives goes up.

Chengdu – Can Do!

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