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Notes on the Geography of China: Shanghai: Citta di Pujiang

An Italian city in Shanghai? But of course: this is another of Shanghai's new towns, in this case copying Venice.

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Under construction.

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Here's what's on offer: houses on water.

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Like Thames Town, Citta di Pujiang has been designed by a competition winner, in this case Gregotti Associates International.

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The plan is for a city of 80,000, although few will live canal-side.

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A more traditionally Italian element: public parks.

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Only the most expensive homes face water.

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Yes, President Ciampi came, but only for a few minutes that morning.

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So are we ready for a tour?

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Permission, permission, permission.

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First glimpse.

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A commercial square, nearing completion in February, 2007.

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Behind it, ponds.

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Canal-side house.

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Water moving slowly between houses.

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Tiny channels, too.

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Display home from the outside.

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Just inside that wall, a sunken patio with pond.

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Living room.

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Bedroom fronting sunken patio.

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Dining.

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Kitchen: nice but tight.

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Landing.

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Master bath.


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