November 28 2013

Nanjing Proposed to Build Sino-Singapore Eco Hi-Tech Island

The Sino-Singapore Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island is set to be an island showcasing the future of Nanjing and its aspirations to be a center for the development and practice of high-tech innovation in areas such as IT services, eco-environmental service, the modern service industry and the modern agriculture service industry.

High-Tech Island Proposal, Nanjing

The location of the Eco Hi-Tech Island, Jiangxinzhou, lies 6.5 kilometres from Nanjing’s downtown area and is linked to Nanjing’s new central business district, the Hexi New Town.

The detailed planning proposal is currently posted for public review in front of the Nanjing Planning Convention Center. The proposal notes that the island will not have factories, and buses will be powered by electricity. The island is connected to the mainland by three highways and two rails; in the future an undersea tunnel will be built.

The Eco Hi-Tech Island consists of five small islands, including Technology Development Island, Multi-Service Island, Cultural Innovation Island, Low-Carbon Experience Island, and Tourism Island. The highlight of the proposal is the island will have a low carbon footprint. All the commercial and residential buildings will use renewable energy sources, such as solar and hydrogen. Seven square kilometers of land will be used for intensive development, among which 40% will be used for technology development. No factories or manufacturing plants, which would result in pollution, will be allowed on the island. In the intensive development area, 40% of the land will be used for housing, most of which are multi-story and high-rise buildings.

Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island

The Eco Hi-Tech Island will unveil a garden city of the future, characterized by economic advancement and sustainable development. Some of the special features include:

  • A seventy-five minute travel time from Nanjing to Shanghai via high-speed railway;
  • The Jiangxinzhou high-speed railway station connecting it to the Nanjing-Shanghai line which will be completed in 2013;
  • Jiangxinzhou is set to become the geographical centre of Nanjing’s urban area as Nanjing develops westwards and northwards; and
  • Availability of special incentive schemes for investors, particularly for the use of eco-friendly technologies.

Do you think the Eco High-Tech Island will be sustainable environmentally and economically?

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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.

Jue Wang

Jue Wang is a Master of Urban Planning student at the University of Southern California (USC) with a concentration in sustainable land use planning. Born in a small town along the Yellow River and having grown up in the Pearl River Delta in southeastern China, she experienced the rapid transformation of rural and urban China in the past two decades. Inspired by the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, she decided to translate her passions towards the betterment of the natural and built environment to a career in urban planning. Being an Angeleno for five years, she has claimed Los Angeles as her second home. Through her work as a translator and content coordinator, Jue hopes to help more people learn about China's planning and environmental design issues.

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