By J. Fan
Thanks to the opening of Disneyland in Shanghai, Chinese authorities plan to move or close down more than 150 factories to create blue sky for Disneyland.
What will Disneyland under the murky and gray polluted sky of Shanghai look like? We might never find out! To avoid bad publicity for both China and Disneyland, 153 high-pollution, high-energy-consumption, and low-efficiency operations that are involved in textiles, chemicals, and steel productions have been ordered to cease operation in the area. The lands that are left behind by industrial relocation will be used as ecological farmlands to accommodate Disneyland, according to AFP.
Although Beijing receives more attention for its despicable air, Shanghai has its fair share of publicity on air pollution in recent years. Air pollution is killing an average of 4,000 people a day in China, according to researchers of Berkeley Earth, a nonprofit that studies climate change and related issues. “Under the Dome”, a self-financed, Chinese documentary film on the problematic air quality in China was banned by the Chinese authorities after it went viral on the internet.
Shanghai Disneyland is the first Disneyland in mainland China. The construction started in 2011 and it was scheduled for opening in 2015; however, the firm has decided to postpone the opening until 2016. It is estimated that there will be 20 million visitors on the first year with more than 20 billion dollars profit annually.