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Asia's biggest park slated for Baoshan as suburbs go green

WORK started yesterday to expand Gucun Park in suburban Baoshan District with the aim of making it the biggest park in Asia by 2015.

The park's second phase will cover 250 hectares of land. Its 180-hectare first phase opened to the public in 2011 and has so far received more than 4 million visitors, district officials said yesterday.

The additional area will feature a sightseeing boulevard, a 2-kilometer-long ecological corridor, and three zones for water scenery, farms and forests. It will also include sports and recreation facilities, according to Fei Fugen, chief operator of the park.

Gucun Park is famous for its cherry blossoms, a sight that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for its week-long Cherry Blossom Festival held during March and April.

The park serves as a major "green lung" for Baoshan, turning the district, formally famous for its steel industry, into an environment-friendly region, according to the district government.

"The government has invested 8.2 billion yuan (US$1.31 billion) to ensure an annual increase of 250 hectares of green area, that means each resident in Baoshan can enjoy 22 square meters of green land," the officials said.


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