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Botanical garden set to offer free entry

Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District will exempt admission charges from next year as Shanghai looks to lure more people into city parks and enjoy its green environment, the city’s greenery authorities said yesterday.

Currently, only 13 of the 438 city parks in Shanghai charge admission fees, according to the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau.

However, reservations to the botanical garden will be mandatory due to COVID-19 prevention and control requirements.

Admission fees to greenhouses, a bonsai garden and an orchid garden of the botanical garden will be retained.

The botanical garden, built in 1974, has improved its facilities involving benches and public toilets and audio guide services recently to create a more comfortable environment for visitors.

It has a daily maximum reception capacity of 78,600 visits and an instantaneous capacity of 26,200 visits.

Century Park and Binjiang Forest Park in the Pudong New Area and Gongqing Forest Park in Yangpu District have been open for free since the beginning of July.

The number of visits to these parks has surged 80 to 100 percent since July compared with when there was no free admission, according to the bureau.

“The free opening of Shanghai Botanical Garden is estimated to bring huge pressure on nearby traffic and pandemic prevention,” said Fang Yan, bureau deputy director. “However, we still made the decision as it benefits the public.”

More local parks are now expected to offer free entry, the bureau suggested.


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