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More Creek waterfront set to open

OVER 35 kilometers of water-front along Suzhou Creek, 85 percent of its downtown sec-tion, will open to the public by the end of the year.

The 125km creek, which flows from Qingpu District to Waibaidu Bridge, is the Huang-pu River’s biggest tributary.

According to a city govern-ment plan, 42km of the creek downtown, between the bridge and the city’s Outer Ring Road, will feature continuous sight-seeing pathways that will be open to the public by 2020.

The riverside area will be-come a typical and iconic demonstration of Shanghai’s comfortable lifestyle, the city’s housing and urban-rural devel-opment commission said.

Four categories of facilities will occupy the public space along the creek — shopping and recreation, community and life, historical preservation and greenery.

On completion, the river-side region will feature sports facilities, art and music per-formances, restored historical buildings and industrial heri-tage, exhibitions and parks. Various activities will be held along the creek to meet the leisure and entertainment de-mands of city residents.

Tourists and visitors can learn about the history of Shanghai by walking along the creek, the commission said.

Many old structures with his-toric values or which record the city’s urban development will be restored. They include for-mer factories, campuses, docks, houses and warehouses.

When other old buildings are demolished, some materi-als and fittings will be retained to feature in pavements, sculp-tures and other items.

About 5.4km of waterfront region will open to the public by the end of the year by re-moving 12 spots interrupted by infrastructure, companies or neighborhoods.

Some have already opened. A riverside section between Hami and Shuangliu roads in Chang-ning District, for instance, has recently opened after the com-pletion of a nearby construction for the Beiheng Passage.

New parks and greenbelts have also opened to guide visitors from the waterfront inland, the Changning govern-ment said yesterday.

People can now walk along the creek from Jiangsu Road N. Bridge to Jianhe Road on a continuous pathway, according to the district.

The 1.6km stretch between Xikang and Wuning roads in Putuo, which was interrupted by companies or neighbor-hoods, has been connected and opened to the public.


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