Shanghai, located in the East China Sea, is the biggest city in China counting 23 million inhabitants. Through its coastal position Shanghai acts as a link between China’s inland regions and the outside world.
With a history of more than 700 years, Shanghai was once the financial center of the Far East. Since the reforms that began in the 1990’s great changes have taken place in the city. The municipal government is working towards building Shanghai into a modern metropolis and a global economic, financial, trading and shipping center by 2020.
Shanghai Port has established sister-port relationship with 23 ports in the world, making the city a dynamic hub of people, trade, capital, technology and information.
Since 1989, Shanghai landscape lighting has made considerable progress. The Huangpu River Cruise and other related industries have become the major driving force of urban tourism economy.
PUBLIC LIGHTING MANAGEMENT
The municipal government is responsible for
- street lighting
- decorative and architectural lighting
- lighting for sports facilities
- festive lighting
Construction of landscape lighting (including lighting design, installation, lighting devices and lamps) are outsourced as well as repair and maintenance of the lighting facilities.
Lighting master plan
The lighting strategy of Shaghai (2009), entitled the « Blue Print » defines the overall lighting of Shanghai city center on the basis of 3 identified areas:
- the core region – including the People’s Square and its surrounding area, Nanjing Road Commercial Street and the Huangpu River area
- the ring road – consisred as an element of connection between the various areas
- the secondary city center – including Wujiaochang, Xujiahui, Huamu and Zhenru districts
In the construction and management of landscape lighting, the municipal government focusses on promoting and enhancing these three specific areas.
Some recently implemented lighting projects
- World Expo 2010 Shanghai lighting project
The opening and closing ceremonies of the World Expo 2010 included lighting installations such as: the lighting of some buildings and their surroundings, the illumination of the Nanpu and the Lupu Bridgse, a huge LED screen, and fireworks in Huangpu River fountain.
- The New Year Countdown light show
The activity has been held for 4 years. Shanghai as the representative of Asian region is the important program of the New Year Countdown Global.
4D light show on the Shaghai BUND, including fireworks, music and a light projection.
- The Huangpu River, Suzhou River, and the Yanan road landscape lighting
Decorative lighting has been implemented for the buildings, bridges, greening sceneries, embankments and the flood walls to create a beautiful, comfortable, safe living environment for the public.
Perspectives for the future
The municipal governement aims to build more beautiful, safe, cultural and energy-saving landscape lighting, so that people can live in more comfortable environment and in where less energy is consummed
LIGHTING FACTS AND FIGURES
- Number of lighting points:
- Total power used for public lighting (kW): 680,000
Event lighting is performed at several occasions: the National Day, the Spring Festival, the Festival of lanterns and the New Year Countdown.