1. Road Construction
The construction of the southern extension of Metro Line 9 has started, and 11 South Songjiang Railway Station auxiliary projects have been finished on time. The municipal-level extensions of Jiuting Avenue to Zhongyi Road and Songjiang-Jinshan Expressway from Beisong Expressway to Yexin Expressway have been completed. The construction of No. 4 Shenbei Road linking Yindu Road with Chunjiu Road underneath Shanghai-Hangzhou Railway has been started. The extension of Songjiang-Jinshan Expressway from Beisong Expressway to Yexin Expressway has been finished, while construction proceeds smoothly on Jiuxin Expressway, Maixin Expressway and Songzheng Expressway. Construction of North People Road has been completed.
2. Urban environmental protection and cleanup
Environment protection is developing solidly. In 2010, the fund for environmental protection reached 2.706 billion yuan, accounting for 3.02% of district GDP. The environment index kept steady with 332 days of good air quality, or 91% of the year. The sewage treatment capacity rose 30,000 tons to 316,900 tons a day. The ratio of sewage treatment for the whole district reached 80% and for urban area it reached 90%.
3. Urban landscaping
The district continues to improve the ecological environment. In 2010, Songjiang had 2.661 million square meters of new greenery. Total greenery reached 18.2144 million square meters, and the greenery coverage ratio in the urban area reached 37.4%.
4. Geographic location and transport
Songjiang is in the southwest of Shanghai in the Yangtze Delta region in the mid to upper reaches of the Huangpu River. Songjiang is 30 kilometers from downtown Shanghai. The Shanghai-Hangzhou Highway and Shanghai-Hangzhou Railway cross the district. Songjiang covers an area of 604.06 square kilometers, around 45 kilometers from north to south and 50 kilometers from east to west. In the shape of a ladder, 87.91% of the area is land and the remainder is covered with water.
Songjiang has an outstanding geographic location and is easily accessible by land and water transport, including Shanghai-Hangzhou Railway, Shanghai-Hangzhou Highway, Shanghai-Qingpu-Pingwang Highway, Jiading-Jinshan Highway and Tongsan Expressway. The Huangpu River serves as a “golden waterway” for Songjiang from east to west. And the R4 light rail transport under construction will be an important connection between Songjiang and downtown Shanghai.
Education and Talent
Songjiang district has accelerated the reform and development of education. Songjiang set up Songjiang Foreign Language School by cooperating with Shanghai Foreign Language University. The mid-term review on the key middle school status of Songjiang No. 1 Middle School has been approved. The three-year compulsory education for kids from migrant worker families has been covered fully. By the end of 2010, there were 32 middle schools with 31,210 students, 33 primary schools with 54,081 students and 73 kindergartens with 26,749 students. In addition, there are 50 private training centers, 34 private kindergartens, five nurseries and four middle schools.
Numerous cultural facilities have been completed. In Songjiang there were five cinemas, 16 cultural halls, a public library and 15 reading rooms with a combined 550,000 books. The library and reading rooms had received 280,000 readers by the end of 2013. Readers can borrow books at municipal, district and sub-district level libraries with one card. The Songjiang branch of Rive Gauche Cinema opened at the beginning of 2011.
Culture and Art
Cultural activities for residents witnessed rapid development. The original song “Be Together Forever” from Songjiang won the 15th National Stars Award. Songjiang also hosted the Shanghai Recital Art Festival, an important event in the 12th Shanghai International Arts Festival. Songjiang Cultural Hall marked its 60th anniversary with a large picture show. Intangible cultural heritage protection was also strengthened.
Radio and Television
Radio and television has continued to develop steadily. Songjiang Radio News broadcasts have been restored and a local opera program has been opened. In 2010, News Workshop delivered 630 pieces of news and the quality rose solidly. By the year-end, there were 11 cable television stations and 329,800 cable TV users, covering 103% of households in rural areas.