In the late 1960s, a young man walked through the streets of Taiwan carrying a variety of cloth samples. The midday sun had soaked some of his curly polyester shirts. That year, not many people cared about this thin young man, but in the window of a busy street, there was a TV advertising: "Tomson curtains, newly imported, fashionable Taipei curtains..."
It was Tang Junnian, in his twenties, running a business for his Tomson Curtain company. He made bold use of the TV that just began to popularize to advertise greatly. After several years of struggle, Tomson Curtain soon had more than 3000 dealers and produced 500 million yuan a year, which accumulated the first fortune of the Tang family later.
The story of this tomson group founder, who lived his life across the strait and in three places, is known to us all. With the thaw in the political atmosphere of the 1992 Consensus, Tang junnian returned to his hometown with his wife and children via Hong Kong and began to invest in Pudong in 1992. Tomson has been with Pudong for 28 years. On the 30th anniversary of the opening up of pudong New Area, we pay tribute to Mr. Tang Junnian and tomson Group for their efforts in pudong construction, and also pay tribute to the land that continues to give birth to legends.
Return, never leave
Tang Junnian, a native of Nanhui, Shanghai (now part of Pudong New Area), was born in Shanghai in 1948. However, he did not spend his childhood in Shanghai. At the age of 4, he followed his father Tang Yanghao to live in Hong Kong. After arriving in Hong Kong, they came from a poor family and started to help their father in business at the age of 18. In 1967, when Hong Kong was in turmoil and people were worried, Tang decided that the turmoil in Hong Kong would soon be over, so he proposed that his father buy a lot of shops at a low price when people sold their real estate and fled from Hong Kong. From then on, Tang Junnian's distinctive vision and courage to take risks have been revealed.
Soon after, because he valued The economic development of Taiwan, Tang Junnian went to Taiwan independently for development. From the curtain company to the real estate industry, Mie City in Taiwan was the "Tang City" industrial factory park developed by Tang Junnian. In its heyday, It had set an unprecedented record of 30 billion NEW Taiwan dollars (about 7.4 billion yuan) sold in two weeks.
It is also in This period of time in Taiwan, Tang Junnian met the most important life partner, at that time the red Hong Kong and Taiwan movie industry "chivalrous woman" Xu Feng, soon after a total marriage, gave birth to two sons Charles Tong and Tang Kaoseng.
However, while life in Taiwan is going well, Mr Tang has once again made a decision that seems to be going in the opposite direction.
One day in 1986, Tang told his wife Xu Feng, "Take your two sons with you. Our family will move to Hong Kong." At that time there was no cross-strait exchanges, plus "97 return" in succession, their Hong Kong friends are considering whether to emigrate to foreign countries, Tang Jun nian thought that the purpose of going to Hong Kong is: feet in Hong Kong, eyes on the mainland. Hong Kong is the most convenient and nearest place to contact the mainland. It won't be long before the mainland's economy gets better. We moved to Hong Kong to invest in the mainland in the future.
Sure enough, with Jiang Jingguo's permission for veterans to visit their relatives in the Mainland, the "Measures for Taiwan Residents to Visit Their relatives in the Mainland" was officially implemented on December 1, 1987, and the cross-Straits relations blossomed. Tang's judgment was verified once again.
However, the first to enter the mainland was not Tang Junnian, but his wife xu Feng, a film producer. Since 1988, Xu Feng has been focusing on promoting films made by filmmakers from Taiwan, Taiwan and Three places together, shooting several films in succession, including the legendary "Farewell my Concubine" which later flourished in the international film world.
In 1992, tang Junnian was interviewed by the director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council during his visit to Beijing to see farewell My Concubine. The director suggested that he go to Shanghai. So, Tang Junnian immediately responded to the call of the motherland, excitedly returned to Shanghai, his hometown.
In Shanghai, the then mayor of Shanghai met with the Taiwanese businessman, whose ancestral home is Nanhui, and briefed him in detail on the recent development and future plans of Shanghai and Pudong. With the eye of a businessman and the passion of a poet, Tang Junnian visited Pudong for more than 20 days. On the day he inspected the golf course, Mr. Tang pushed aside the reeds, taller than a man, and told Mr. Xu beside him: 'This is our golf course.' Xu Feng later recalled: "A place that took four hours to get from Puxi was full of withered grass, rivers, mud and mounds, and there was no decent road nearby. I never thought that Tang's imagination was even better than that of a film-maker like me. One day Pudong would become what it is today."
Subsequently, tomson, namely with the largest taiwan-owned enterprise identity in pudong, the first high-profile move, is to spend $30.4 million, in 1992 on May 20, has obtained the pudong lujiazui financial district 2-2-1 block, namely now east road and regularity of interchange tomson financial building, again in the same year on July 9 to second higher than bid price nearly double the price $92.36 million, achieved now tomson golf course and residential land of 1.4 square kilometers. It is worth mentioning that the two plots of land, the history in the pudong new area, for international bidding of first and second piece, want to know, before that, the pudong development is contract transfer more, a lot of land is brother provinces and cities under central to mobilize support pudong construction when transfer, tomson officially in 1992, means that in the pudong new area real estate market formally entered the stage of market development. At the signing ceremony of the golf course, Mr. Tang and the Shanghai municipal leaders in charge of Pudong agreed to spend another $35 million to acquire the land adjacent to the golf course as a reserve site, tomson Hall Park, the day after that.
After that, in 1995, Tomson built "Tomson International Trade Building" and "Tomson Waigaoqiao Industrial Park" in Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. In 1995, tomson Financial Building, the first 5A office building in Pudong, was established in Lujiazui Financial and Trade Zone. At the request of pudong government leaders, Tomson cooperated with Jinjiang International Group to introduce advanced hotel management. In 1996, the first five-star hotel in Pudong, "New Ya Tomson Hotel", began operation. In the same year, Tomson Business Center, pudong's first foreign high-end business center, also began operation. In 1997, the world-class "Tomson Golf Course" with 18 holes and 72 shots was completed, and the first golf club "Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club" came into being.
Tomson falls very fast, but also often have to face the doubts of the surrounding. When the New Ya Tomson Hotel was built in 1996, the zhangyang Road outside the window was very few people, not to mention people, even at night there were few lights. But Tang Jun said to his wife Xu Feng: "You look, not in 20 years, this road will be the most lively lujiazui place."
After that, Jia Nian Villa, Tomson Hao Garden, Tomson Yi Garden, Tomson Hao Court, Tomson Lake Garden, Zhangjiang Microelectronic Port Industrial Park in cooperation with Zhangjiang, Zhangjiang Legend Square...... Tomson's real estate investments are almost entirely concentrated in Pudong, a 522 sq km area. It is rare for an enterprise to focus on the development and construction of an area in such a long time span. All this comes from Tang Junnian's confidence in Pudong.
Believe, so see
Today, standing 100 meters above the Huangpu River, overlooking Shanghai from the south to the north, the wind and wind of the Ten-mile Foreign market seems to be in my mind. If the Bund is the most important historical picture in China's modern history, lujiazui on the other side is one of the most important economic symbols of the reform and opening up in the past four decades.
Thirty years ago, however, it was nothing more than reeds as tall as a tree and mud as far as the eye could see. It was here that Tang Jun came and landed some of the most important pieces of land -- including the future Tomson First Product. In the future, this project will not only become an important part in lighting up pudong's luxury housing market, but also be bound to be a legend of Lujiazui mixed with sadness and joy. Perhaps in the eyes of today, this is only tomson a smart investment, but for The year of Tang Jun, this is all the assets are put into a basket of the full investment.
In Tomson's eyes, Shanghai is the leader of China's economic development, with the advantages of first-class Chinese talents, high degree of internationalization, and unlimited business opportunities. What is more valuable is that the Shanghai government operates in a standard and efficient manner. Tang Junnian often said that he came back to Pudong with the blood of his hometown and his confidence in pudong's development policy.
After 30 years of development and opening up, Pudong has not disappointed its bulls. Statistics show that Pudong's GDP rose from less than 6 billion yuan in 1990 to more than one trillion yuan in 2019, accounting for nearly one-third of Shanghai's total. All this may have been as Mr. Tang Jun Nian wishes.
The rise of a country and the prosperity of its land cannot be achieved by a slogan or a single action. The development and opening up of Pudong has gone through complicated and changeable ups and downs, and there have been times when pudong was not expected to do so. In the "Southeast Asian financial storm" in 1997, a lot of public opinion sang down on Shanghai, and everyone had a retreat. Southeast Asia is experiencing a credit crunch, with Banks taking umbrellas from developers in the "rainy day", Hong Kong and Taiwan property markets in a slump, and companies unable to recoup hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Pudong quickly. Tomson's foundation in Hong Kong and Taiwan also faced great financial pressure, there was a period of time, foreign public joke tomson is the "biggest holdup".
Met with in the most difficult time, Shang Jun years was in charge of pudong's deputy mayor zhao qizheng, when zhao is also facing the huge pressure of the international financial situation, but the plight of the Shanghai municipal people's government of tomson understanding, hope tomson, weigh the prospects of the development of the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and arrange two levels of leadership in the downtown turned easing space in Shanghai. This encouraged Mr Tang again. To tide him over, he sold off some of Hong Kong's best real estate and its best listed companies, and kept the Shanghai side of the business even after years of legal battles that angered some in Hong Kong. Tang Junnian, who had been good at "watching the wind" all his life, believed that the final conclusion could be reached only when he said: "Don't worry, this place must be the center of the world economy in the future."
Tomson's input and perseverance, in return for pudong's firm hand in hand. In November 1996, Tang Junnian was awarded "Magnolia Award", "Honorary Citizen of Pudong New Area" and the first "Pudong Development and Construction Outstanding Talent" award by Shanghai Municipality. In 1998, Tomson Group was awarded the title of "Six Good Taiwan-invested Enterprises" in Shanghai. In April 1999, Tang Junnian was honored by Pudong New Area as "an overseas personage who has made positive contributions to the development of Pudong"; In 2005, Tomson Group was awarded the "Best Ten Foreign real estate Enterprises" award and the "Advanced Collective Ten consecutive crown" award. And its projects are also award-winning.
Rooted in the city's future
In 2000, when Tomson out of the "trap dilemma", Tang Junnian will gradually transfer the responsibility of operating the family business to his son Charles Tong and Tang Jiahe, and condensing his life effort into the creation of Tomson Yipeng.
From get tomson's land, tomson people have been exploring how to make a representative works for the future development of Shanghai, the project after full 11 years of carefully brewing, innovation, again and again and again and again to overthrow, the modelling of roof alone changed 36 times, finally chose the China millennium yipin han official officer hat crown, and to be determined in Shanghai at the time a person of extraordinary powers curtilage building height limit height, 153 meters. The smallest apartment is 430 square meters, referring to tang Junnian's mother in Hong Kong residence. What this means, this means that enter the threshold of the tomson customer, must face the test of high price, it is even behind many Shanghai mansion cannot reproduce tomson, one of the reasons, after all, combined with high price and large area, high of the total value of the family sales is very slow, what it is today believe in mainland developers of high turnover is hard to imagine.
But is, although ambitious and full of passion, but can not help the anxious business pressure, focus on the work of The Tang Junnian did not see the completion of Tomson one product, in 2004, exhausted Tang Junnian died of complications of diabetes.
As if it is a metaphor, Tomson a product, this tang Junnian finally strive for the goal. Today, the former reed beachhead standing proudly in Lujiazui, which was in the great development along the Banks of The Pujiang River, could never be understood and accepted by people standing at the foot of the mountain looking up. Only those who constantly strive to climb can know that the Grand Hall of Xiongguan was not built overnight.
Standing at the tip of Lujiazui, Tomson Has long been the representative of Tomson Group and become a totem of Pudong facing the world, with the growth of Pudong along the way. The second generation of Tomsons, standing at the head of pudong's 30 years of development and opening up, shoulder greater responsibilities.
Tomson's roots are firmly rooted in Shanghai, in Pudong, or in the future of the city. Today, the new tomsons share the same determination as their parents: confidence in the economic future of their country and their city.
Charles Tong said that Tomson benefited from Shanghai's prosperity and grew up with the city. "The property boom is a result of the development of the country and the development of the city of Shanghai," he said. "We don't focus on the immediate price, we look at the longer development cycle of the city, and we will see more stable benefits -- dividends in urban value."
How many years have passed, that shuttled in the streets of the young figure, in fact, is still in, but, into a settled in Shanghai Pudong, rooted in the mainland Chinese, running for the construction of the motherland. Pudong has been developing and opening up for 30 years and a new era has dawned.
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