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The Square Mile in question

This whole area was farmland 30 years ago. Shanghai South Station is at the heart of it.

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The world’s first circular station, as it happens, and designed by French achitects AREP

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Its circularity cleverly planned to ease circulation and navigation, so the passenger won’t get lost. But why are so many doors locked and so many temporary barricades positioned to prevent this exact circular movement?

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While other forms of transport are at the exit, ready and waiting. How many miles has he done today? Who was the last to sit on his hand-made pillion? His body language well formed in waiting, man and machine.

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But there’s also the Botanic Gardens in this square mile and the river:

Roping of trunks and a scattering of pak choi are standard

Roping of trunks and a scattering of pak choi are standard

Major works are going on, soil is being shifted

Major works are going on, soil is being shifted

Chunks of land are being transported from one side of the highway to the other

Chunks of land are being transported from one side of the highway to the other

Plans are being realised

Plans are being realised

While nearby in the Botanic Gardens a local man tends his vegetable patch

While nearby in the Botanic Gardens a local man tends his vegetable patch


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