Shanghai has applied to the State Council for permission to build a Disney theme park.
Shanghai's city government has applied to the State Council for permission to build a Disney theme park, a city official confirmed Wednesday.
Spokeswoman Jiao Yang said the application to build the theme park had been lodged with Beijing, a week after Mayor Han Zheng revealed that preliminary preparations were being made to develop the park.
"Shanghai city has submitted the related application report and is waiting for the State Council to issue its reply," she said.
Shanghai officials had said privately that the city hoped the first park on the mainland would be open in time for the World Expo in 2010 and that land had been set aside in Pudong.
Democrat legislator Fred Li Wah-ming said the Hong Kong park should have a clear market direction and avoid competition with Shanghai. "Hong Kong Disneyland should focus on attracting visitors from Guangzhou," and areas within two hours' flight time.