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World-class waterfronts planned along Shanghai’s Suzhou Creek

RENOVATIONS will start across the city on a new waterfront along the downtown section of the Suzhou Creek.

The 125-kilometer-long creek, which flows from Qingpu District to Waibaidu Bridge, is the Huangpu River’s biggest tributary.

According to a plan by the city government, 42km of the creek in downtown will feature continuous sightseeing pathways. It will open to the public by 2020.

About 13.5 kilometers of the riverside areas are now closed in downtown with 51 spots interrupted by infrastructure, companies or neighborhoods, the city government announced yesterday.

Construction will start next month on new waterfront sections in Huangpu and Hongkou districts.

A 1.2km-long area between the Bund and the Henan Road Bridge will be renovated along with Wuzhen and Chengdu road bridges in Huangpu.

In Hongkou District, an area about 1-kilometer-long will be developed into an estuary park where visitors will be able to enjoy historical buildings on the banks of the creek and the famous Lujiazui skyline.

Another 6.3km-long section in Jing’an District will be renovated with plans for 3.4km-long new pedestrian paths.

Three new attractions will be developed and named — Riverside Balcony, Waterfront Pearl and Historical Scroll.

Several new waterfront sections in Putuo and Changning districts have already been completed.

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

The waterfront, known as Baocheng Bay, was home to a fifth of China’s earliest textile factories, dating back to the 1920s.

After 1949, the Shanghai No. 1, 6 and 7 cotton factories were based in this area, along with a military warehouse for quilts and uniforms. The site was dubbed the “cradle of China’s textile industry.”

Now, a new 1.9km section in Changning will open to the public next month.

The natural scenery has been largely preserved to create a “secret garden” for visitors, according to the district government.

Construction will start in October on the west extension of the creek in Changning, which will connect landmark greenbelts such as the Zhongshan Park, Hongqiao Riverside Park and Linkong No. 1 and 2 parks.

Renovation work on a 600-meter-long section in Jiading District will start in October.

Industrial sites near the Outer Ring Road will be redeveloped into ecological waterfront regions.

According to the development plan “Striving for a World-Class Waterfront Area,” continuous riverside zones will be created along the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek by 2020.

It will boast more greenery, preserved historical buildings, bridges, and “sponge city” technology.

Sidewalks stretching 45 kilometers along the banks of the Huangpu River between the Yangpu and Xupu bridges are already open.

The city plans to extend both upstream and downstream, while improving services and scenery on the existing section.

The Shanghai government has invested over 25 billion yuan (US$3.6 billion) in the fourth stage of the rehabilitation project for the creek. The rehabilitation project is aimed at improving the water quality of the creek and prevent floods. It will also make the waterfronts a more eco-friendly and user-friendly space.


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