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A carpet of color to blanket the street

Fallen cherry blossoms are left on Jiangwancheng Road in Yangpu District for the first time to brighten the street with a pink blanket, greenery authorities in the district announced yesterday.

This is Shanghai’s first street to leave the fallen flowers uncollected during the day.

The 700-meter road is the city’s first cherry blossom boulevard and it’s lined with 264 cherry trees featuring large petals and brilliant colors.

Flowering is in March and April, and some petals have already started falling, the Yangpu District Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said. Most petals are expected to drop in the coming week.

“The road is popular because of its beautiful landscape, attracting many visitors to appreciate the cherry blossoms. Nearby residents also like jogging or strolling on the street,” said sanitation worker Peng Weiqiang. “The fallen petals will make the road more beautiful.” The petals will be swept away each evening.

“During the day, I need to remove garbage like fallen leaves and branches, cigarette butts and plastic bags from the petal landscape, and ensure a proper amount of petals are left,” said Peng. “It’s extra work, but I would like to make Shanghai’s spring last longer.”


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