Building an ecological civilization in Shanghai attracts attention


China’s concrete jungles give way to green space, as a nationwide park building program across China begins in many major cities, according to a June 1 New York Times article.

The night scenery of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai (eastern China). / VCG

The night scenery of Suzhou Creek in Shanghai (eastern China). / VCG

The article described the beautiful landscape of Suzhou Creek, which was once a sewer with stinking water before being rehabilitated as a river in Shanghai, and acknowledged the impact of the construction of the park on improving the quality of life of residents.

A park in the Lujiazui region of Shanghai. / VCG

A park in the Lujiazui region of Shanghai. / VCG

The 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP), which was approved at the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 11, called for an urban park building program requiring cities to launch green plans and build large parks in China. After the plan’s publication, cities, including Beijing, responded by eliminating park entrance fees.

Other cities, like Shanghai, are launching plans to build more parks and increase the green coverage rate in cities. According to Deng Jianping, director of the Shanghai City Landscaping and Appearance Administrative Bureau, by the end of the 14th FYP, Shanghai will have more than 1,000 parks to make Shanghai “a city in the park. “.

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