As part of Shanghai hosting the 2010 World Exposition, it has been announced that up to 12 marinas will be provided for visiting yachts and several of these marinas will include berths for superyachts. A number of these facilities will be sited around one of the city's oldest wharf and passenger ship berths, namely the 150-year-old Shilipu dock. This is being redeveloped at a cost of Yuan 3bn (US$440m) into an attractive promenade area including restaurants and shops. This area is close to The Bund, the main waterfront tourist area in Shanghai and it will be linked by an underground passageway.
Few details about the yacht berthing arrangements have been given, but as part of the ongoing efforts to boost China's marine leisure industry and developing sailing and other water sports, the Expo is seen as a catalyst in helping to move these forward. This follows on the success of the Olympics and the considerable efforts to expand the boat and superyacht building sectors and the manufacturers of related marine equipment in the country.