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Post time 2005-4-24 23:00:13 |Display all floors

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The picture beneath is the famous Baibusha (100-step sand) near Putuo moutain.

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Anqi-peak(安期峰景区) of Putuo moutain

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Post time 2005-4-24 23:22:31 |Display all floors

Nunnery Yanzhi on Mount Putuo

It is said that there is a very unique and beautiful Kwan-yin called Yanzhi Kwan-yin in this nunnery, but few visiters to the island know it. Taking pictures is not allowed inside, don't miss this next time you visit Mount Putuo.

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Post time 2005-4-25 12:10:43 |Display all floors

well now why would they delete this?

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Yes, you are right, cogito!!!!  I AM hedan!!!!!  Keep up the great detective work!!!!!  Be sure to find out which words hedan and I both misspell!!!!!

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Post time 2005-4-25 14:01:38 |Display all floors

Thank you so much for putting up so many beautiful pictures of Zhoushan, Cytheri

Bridges linking the mainland to the Zhoushan Archipelago will be completed in the coming years, and pretty soon, those beautiful islands will be a few hours of drive away from major Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou.

See detail in the next post.

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Post time 2005-4-25 14:05:48 |Display all floors

People's Daily: East China province to build world's second longest suspension b

UPDATED: 15:02, March 04, 2005

Construction of two bridges connecting Zhoushan Archipelago, the largest China's offshore island groups, with China's continental area will begin this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2008, said a source with the provincial government of Zhejiang, east China.

The 5.3-kilometer-long Xihoumen Bridge, a suspension bridge consisting of a 2.6-kilometer sea-crossing bridge and 2.7-kilometer side joint sections on both ends, will be built at a cost of 2.48 billion yuan (299.87 million US dollars).

Upon completion, the suspension bridge will be the second longest in the world following the Pearl Bridge in Japan.

The Xihoumen Bridge, linking Jintang and Cezi islands, two major islands of the Zhoushan Archipelago, can allow the passage of ships of 30,000 dwt (dead weight tonnage).

The Jintang Bridge, linking Jintang Island and Zhenhai of Ningbo, is 27 kilometers long. The 7 billion yuan (846.43 million US dollar) project consists of a 18.5-kilometer sea-spanning bridge and side joint sections on both ends totaling 8.5 kilometers. The bridge allows passage of ships of 50,000 dwt.

The two bridges are the second phase of a huge "continent-island joint project," launched by Zhoushan in 1999, to link the Zhoushan Archipelago with the mainland with five bridges. Construction of the other three bridges have been completed.

The five sea-crossing bridges, connecting the Zhoushan Island, the main island of the Zhoushan Archipelago, and four other islets with the continent, will form a man-made peninsula. The bridges can shorten the Zhoushan-continent journey from two hours to half an hour.

The Zhoushan Archipelago, China's leading fishing ground and largest island group, located on the East China Sea outside Hangzhou Bay, to the northeast of Zhejiang Province.

Zhoushan Island, the largest among them, has an area of 524 sq km to make it the fourth largest in China. Zhoushan Island boasts 183 kilometers of deep-water coastlines.

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Post time 2005-4-25 14:11:39 |Display all floors

A Tale of Two Dragon Bridges

Two of the World's Longest Bridges

Two of the world's longest bridges are situated in the Bay of Hanzhou, just a stone's throw apart. Each bridge cost more than $1 billion, started construction less than a year apart.

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge (36 km) connects Cixi, Ningbo with its deep sea port, Beilun to Jiaxing, a Zhejiang city just south of Shanghai city's administrative zone. This bridge underwent various feasibility studies for a decade before construction was finally approved and begun in September, 2003. Total investment, all from private companies in Ningbo, is estimated at more than 10 billion yuan ($1.25 billion). The bridge has to connect to Jiaxing on the northern coast of the Hangzhou Bay; the city of Shanghai would not permit it to land in that city's territory.

Beilun is a small fishing town on the easternmost edge of the southern coast of Hangzhou Bay. The presence of a deep sea lane with year-round minimum depth of 17 meters stretching along the coast of Beilun motivated the Central Government to build one of the nation's largest deep sea port here. The port is further protected from storms by the mountainous islets of Zhoushan just off the coast of Beilun. Beilun port, which has grown up since the early 1990s, has earned the nickname "Rotterdam of the East" because of its natural, storm-free deep water lanes. 14.31 billion yuan has already been invested in the Beilun port. It should be noted that in 1991, it was proposed that Beilun port be managed by the Shanghai port authority. That would have been a logical move given that Shanghai's own port and water lane - a mere 11 meters deep - can only accommodate container ships and freighters of 50,000 DWT or less. Swift and dangerous undersea currents also contribute to an inefficient port that costs the city a great deal to keep open, and even then it is often only usable during high tide.

The challenge for economic development in the region has been the expensive detour from Beilun to Southern Jiangsu and Shanghai along the coast of Hangzhou Bay. The Hangzhou Bay Bridge would have reduced that 400 km trips from Beilun to about 80 km. Although the high speed superhighway along the coast takes only slightly more than 4 hours to Shanghai, the building of the bridge will make it possible for Shanghainese to drive to Ningbo for some seafood dinner and drive home in time for the 10 o'clock evening news.

The East China Sea Bridge (31 km), situated on the eastern edge of Hangzhou Bay, links the small Shanghai town of Lucaogang with a small, uninhabited island, Da Yang Shan. Total investment on the bridge alone, exclusive of the cost of infrastructure on the island and port facilities, will be 7.11 billion yuan (nearly $900 million. A further 200 billiion RMB will be invested on Da Yang Shan to make it an international deep sea port. This bridge's approval and construction was expedited to enable it to begin a year ahead of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge with scheduled completion in 2005, three years ahead of the Hangzhou Bay Bridge.

The construction of the East China Sea Bridge remains more than two years from completion. Indeed, the port authority of Shanghai has already signed an agreement for a joint venture with the city of Yi-u, Zhejiang, approximately 120 km south of Hangzhou, just off the ear of Ningbo, for a container yard to handle 200,000 containers from that city each year. Shanghai has also reached agreement on container yard project with many other cities in its ambition to become one of the major container shipping ports of the world.

Why are the two cities a bay apart not joining each other in their bridge and deep sea port project? The situation should be understood in the context of rapid economic growth and inter-city competition. The Chinese have always described themselves as "A plate of scattered sand grains" that would never join or unite with each other. Consider some of the following tales of province and city level economic growth in today's explosive Chinese economy.

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