China at the heart of the action

Mipim Asia, the world's property market in Asia-Pacific, will host a number of Chinese exhibitors presenting a highly diversified range of very large-scale projects. With 25 countries attending, 115 exhibiting companies and over 1,200 delegates, MIPIM Asia, will be held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong from the 27th to 29th September 2006. It promises to provide a platform for discussions and negotiations for all property professionals wishing to develop in this region.

Among the Chinese exhibitor companies will be:

- Swire Properties Ltd. – an affiliate since 1972 of Swire Pacific, the leading Hong Kong real estate developer, Swire Properties Ltd. is expanding in China with the impressive complex of Taikoo Hui on its agenda. Located in the Tianhe district in Canton, this 450,000 m² complex will become a major property center comprising luxury offices, 5-star hotels and an arts centre. It is due to be completed in 2009.

- Shanghai Harbour City Development - Lingang New City is the name of the project for the new port of Shanghai under the responsibility of Shanghai Harbour City Development and German architects in the GMP group. With a surface area of 296.6 km², Lingang New City will include a heavy industry site of almost 80 sq. km, a free trade zone of 6 km² and a port area of nearly 80 km². There is a planned population of nearly 450,000 inhabitants, along with administrative and commercial premises and educational and tourist centers. The project will start in 2007.

- Venetian Macao Ltd. HK – an affiliate of Las Vegas Sands Corp. Venetian Macao will be the cornerstone of the mega-sized tourist development of Cotai Strip, an unprecedented project that aims to become the "Las Vegas" of Asia. Venetian Macao will open for business in 2007, with 3,000 luxury suites, a 93,000 m² congress center, 20 high quality restaurants, a 15,000-seat stadium, a 2,000-seat exhibition hall and a shopping centre covering 56,000 m².

- Atkins China Ltd. – the company has been appointed to build the TEDA towers in the port of Tianjin. These three towers will be among China's tallest: the highest will measure 356 meters and host 400 apartments, a 400 room hotel, offices and shopping areas. In all, some 400,000 m² of surface area will be created, and the project is programmed for 2009.

- Shanghai High-Tech Park United Development Co. Ltd – the group will present Caohejing Hi-Tech Park, a science and new technology hub to the south-west of Shanghai covering some 2 million m².

- Edaw – an architecture practice working on several major projects such as the 2008 Olympics, Shanghai EXPO 2010, and the redesign of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

- Bureau of High Speed Rail – there will be phenomenal development and large-scale property opportunities along this new rail line linking Taiwan's two largest cities. It is due to be finalized in October 2006.

- Hong Kong Land – the group has just opened York's House, the only available commercial space in the centre of Hong Kong. This event has triggered substantial development in the area that will continue until 2010.

- Jerde – an architecture and urban planning practice whose current projects include the rehabilitation of Place Langham in Hong Kong.

Many other firms will be attending such as Aedas; AET Flexible Space Ltd.; AOS; Arquitectonica; Asia Pacific Investment Partners; Chongbang Development; Cushman & Wakefield; Singwood Development Company; and The Manhattan Macao Development Ltd.

Source: Reed MIDEM

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