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.
Here's what's on offer: houses on water.
Like Thames Town, Citta di Pujiang has been designed by a competition winner, in this case Gregotti Associates International.
The plan is for a city of 80,000, although few will live canal-side.
A more traditionally Italian element: public parks.
Only the most expensive homes face water.
Yes, President Ciampi came, but only for a few minutes that morning.
So are we ready for a tour?
Permission, permission, permission.
A commercial square, nearing completion in February, 2007.
Behind it, ponds.
Water moving slowly between houses.
Tiny channels, too.
Display home from the outside.
Just inside that wall, a sunken patio with pond.
Bedroom fronting sunken patio.
Kitchen: nice but tight.
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