Country for PR: China
Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Thursday, November 26 2020 - 19:00
Peak performance as Chengdu cleans up with park city vision
CHENGDU, China, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Chengdu, capital of Southwest China's Sichuan province, has made great strides 
in building itself into a park city.

Tian Xianghe is a photography enthusiast living in Chengdu. Over the past two 
years, Tian has found it easier to take pictures of the surrounding snowy 
mountains from inside the city.

Tian's feeling was echoed by Zhang Wei, another shutterbug who has observed 
Chengdu's skyline for several years. 

According to Zhang's statistics, there were 50 days in 2017 when people in the 
city could see the snowy mountains. The number increased to 65 in 2019. During 
the first half year of 2020, local people could enjoy a clear view on 37 days, 
Zhang said.

Behind the changes are efforts made by Chengdu to turn itself into a "park 
city". The park city development concept was first put forward in February 
2018. It is not simply to build parks in the city, but explore a new 
development model and generate a driving force for high-quality urban 

New measures have been rolled out concerning air-pollution control, 
soil-quality monitoring and regional cooperation in ecological restoration.

Chengdu Ecology and Environment Bureau data showed that the city recorded a new 
high of 287 days with good air quality in 2019 and no days of heavy pollution.

As of Oct 10, the city's average concentration of PM2.5, particulate matter 
with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns, was 37 micrograms per m3. It marks a 
decrease of 33.9 percent compared with the same period in 2015.

In addition to a pleasant environment, the park city aims to enhance the 
quality of people's everyday life.

The Tianfu Greenway, with a planned length of 16,900 kilometers, will 
eventually connect nature reserves, gardens and green spaces covering 
14,300-square-kilometer across Chengdu.

More than a track, the Tianfu Greenway will become a space where people can 
participate in diverse outdoor activities and feel greater happiness.

Streets in old districts have been renovated by the removal of illegal 
structures to expand spaces, plant trees and set up cultural facilities.

When building new areas, Chengdu adheres to the park city concept from the 
beginning and all urban planning is based on the landscape and the environment.

Under the park city framework, an increasing number of industries in the city 
also have embraced the green and low-carbon development.

Source: Chengdu Ecology and Environment Bureau

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   Caption: Chengdu offers a snow-capped mountain view.