The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has built an efficient transportation network linking the four areas it comprises: the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, Waigaoqiao Free Trade Logistics Park, Yangshan Free Trade Port and Shanghai Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone.
The zone is connected by the S2, G1501 and S20 highways with the city’s three districts and road network. It is also connected inter-provincial highways in the Yangtze River Delta region.
A shipping “shuttle bus”has gone into operation to transport containers between the Yangshan Free Trade Port and the Waigaoqiao port. A waterway network is also planned to assist freight traffic flow in the Yangtze River Delta region.
The railway container center in Luchao Port has gone into operation, with container throughput of 1.8 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It connects to areas beyond Waigaoqiao and the Pudong New Area.
The Pudong International Airport is 20 kilometers away from the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone and 30 kilometers away from the Yangshan Free Trade Port. It is within the Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone.
The Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone can be reached through Metro Line 6. The Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone can be reached through Metro Line 2. The Lingang New City can be reached through Metro Line 16.
Distinctive supporting commercial and residential facilities
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone
The Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone has been called a“garden unit in Shanghai for its role in providing good services and facilities. The zone offers free bus services, a healthcare center, business hotels and quality restaurants.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Medical Center provides health services to the nearly 200,000 employees working in the zone.
The Changde Club, located in the heart of the zone, is in the architectural style typical in South China in the early 20th century. It was refurbished to provide a meeting place for business and leisure, for exhibitions and conferences.
Restaurants and other amenities
The zone is home to 11 restaurants, including the Jade Garden, Fuji, Merrylin, Noon Party, Starbucks, McDonald’s, KFC and Papa John’s. It also has 10 convenience stores, including Lawson, Kedi and Family Mart, and fitness facilities such MOB Fit, Star Fit and Ugolf. Among its accommodation facilities is Motel 168.
Free bus services
The bus network has been put into operation, offering fare-free travel. There is also a free bicycle rental service.
Interactive business and life
The planned 6.01-square-kilometer Senlan Waigqaiqiao project will provide sites for corporate headquarters and include residential areas, and leisure facilities.
Yangshan Free Trade Port
Lingang New City, a modern coastal city next to the Yangshan Free Trade Port, provides support services including housing, financing, information assistance, education, tourism and human resources.
Restaurants and accommodation
The zone is home to McKintey Restaurant, Haiwei Employee Restaurant, Tongsheng Logistics Restaurant, Shaomeng Hotel and Jing’ao Café. There are also facilities like Howard Johnson Plaza Lingang, Shuyuan Village, Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbor City and Jinjiang Inn.
Shanghai No.6 People’s Hospital, Pudong Division, has been put into operation. A top-level hospital, it has the capacity to treat 3,000 patients a day and has 600 beds. On October 29, 2010, the Yangshan Free Trade Medical Center started operation, providing doctors’ clinics, emergency treatment, physical checkups and disease prevention for port staff.
Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai Ocean University and Shanghai Dian Ji University, are located next to the Yangshan Free Trade Port as part of plans to develop the area into an international shipping center. The Pudong Division of Shanghai High School, a public boarding school established by the Shanghai High School and former Nanhui Education Bureau, provides quality primary education for the area.
Tourism and leisure
Dishui Lake in Nanhui New City is China’s largest artificial lake, covering 5.56 square kilometers. The lake has three islands. An 8-kilometer lakeside greenbelt, complementing nearby sites of interest such as the China Maritime Museum, the Mouth of Nanhui Ocean Park, Lingang New City Exhibition Center, Donghai Bridge, Yangshan Deepwater Port, Shanghai Flower Port, Shanghai Binhai Forest Park and Binhai Golf Course.
Several new residential complexes have been completed, with the accent on environmental quality.The commercial property market offers excellent office space to domestic and international companies.
Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone
Pudong Airport Free Trade Zone has completed the construction of a comprehensive service center, integrating the functions of a service center, management center and business center. Administrative departments, including Customs, inspection and quarantine,and commerce and taxation, all have offices in the zone.Business is helped by convenient banking and postal facilities and efficent public transport.