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Building a thoroughfare along Suzhou Creek


Changning is among the first districts in the city to build a promenade along Suzhou Creek, part of a municipal government plan to open 12 kilometers of public space along both sides of the creek this year.



Bridges have been built across the Tongxie, Zhujiabang and Zongjinggang rivers to join the creek’s 50-meter-wide green belt with Lingkong No. 1 and No. 2 parks and the tree belt to the west of the Outer Ring Road.




The bridge over Tongxie River connects the green belt along Suzhou Creek and Tongxie Road.




The design of the bridge is inspired by paper folding. It makes it easy for office workers to enter or leave Linkong industrial park through Tongxie Road and allows local residents to stroll along the creek.



The bridge across Zhujiabang River links the green belts on both sides of the creek. The design of the bridge integrates elements of skateboarding, not only in its shape but also in a special skateboard lane.




Zongjinggang Bridge connects Linkong Park 1 and 2. The bridge looks like a butterfly resting on the water.



After crossing three theme parks in Linkong to the northwest, the promenade enters a 6.25 km tree belt to the west of the Outer Ring Road. The construction will be completed by the end of the year. The promenade will eventually extend to Hongqiao International Airport.




As part of the promenade along Suzhou Creek, a path stretches from Zhongshan Park to Shuangliu Road.





The path, with wheelchair access, has a mix of natural and artificial turf and timber flooring for walking and running, along with lamps and CCTV cameras for security, especially at night.‍‍



Patterns of maple and gingko leaves are printed on the colorful road surface. The path provides access to Hongqiao Riverside Park and Zhongshan Park.




‍‍The riverbank has been upgraded to support the local ecological system and allow people better access to the creek. More greenery has been planted along the banks and a number of exercise stations have been built along the path.



The Changning government will now expand the project to the east and west to create a continuous path along the southern bank together with the 50-meter wide green zone with improved riverside views, making the site an ideal place for sports events and weekend flea markets.‍‍




‍‍The 125 km creek, which flows from Qingpu District to the Waibaidu Bridge, is the biggest tributary of the Huangpu River. Its downtown section runs through Changning, Putuo, Jing’an, Hongkou and Huangpu districts.‍‍




The Shanghai Water Authority says the fourth round of a clean up will be finished by 2021.‍



The creek forms part of Changning District’s borders to the east, west and north, so the district plays a major role in transforming the waterfront into a leisure and commercial zone.




The green space along the creek will be connected through a non-motorized slow traffic path, encouraging sightseeing, jogging, hiking, running, cycling and even formal sports events.



By next year, a total of 42 kilometers of waterfront on both sides of the creek will have opened.




Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily




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