08 September 2016
The One City, Nine Towns initiative was set-up by the Shanghai government in 2001 to introduce townscapes from Britain, Italy, Holland, Germany, Spain and Scandinavia. It was hoped that the importing of such styles would help to break the mold of monotonous rural development that characterized the Shanghai perifirery. In addition there were some serious regional planning goals regarding transportation issues brought on by the movement of manufacturing and industrial facilities to the outlying areas of Shanghai.
Anting, Jiading District, German
Luodian, Baoshan District, Scandinavian
Zhujiajiao, Qingpu District, Traditional Chinese
Fengjing, Jinshan District, Canadian
Pujiang, Minhang District, Italian
Gaoqiao, Pudong District, Dutch
Zhoupu, Nanhui District, USA
Fengcheng, Fengxian District, Spanish
Chengqiao, Chongming District, Traditional Chinese
I'm quite interested in western urban forms appearing in China, especially what appears to be an attempt to recreate a form of Ebenzer Howard's brand of interlinked Garden City regionalism. I'm hoping to visit these (with the exception of Maple Town, the Canadian city, which was apparently canceled and redesigned to an entirely different plan).
Does anyone currently live in these cities?
I've found routes to get to Songjiang, Gaoqiao, Luodian and Pujiang, but haven't figured out routes to the others.
I think Anting is quite well known as it is out near the F-1 track and VW Plant.
I don't have access to a private vehicle, to please no snide comments about grabbing a car and driving out there.
Thanks for any input!