Open Governance
Park City Chengdu Takes a New Look:
Today's Chengdu Grows More Landscaped and Livable

In April, Chengdu is strewn with blooming flowers and lush grasses. Recently, Mr. Zhang and Miss Hou, a couple living in Tianfu New Area, tried "biking along the greenway". For them, it is both a familiar and new experience to tour the city along the greenway around Chengdu by bike. 

"Starting from Guixi Ecological Park near Chengdu Belt Expressway, we rode past Jincheng Lake Park and Zhonghe Wetland Park... All the parks and beautiful scenery along the way gave us a soothing feeling," said Mr. Zhang who enjoys cycling. 

Biking along the greenway around the city has now become a fitness activity favored by many Chengdu people. Building Chengdu into a "park city" offers new scope to improve the wellbeing of Chengdu people. 

In Chengdu, exploring the building of a park city not only means creating models such as "parks plus city" and "a smaller park in a big one", but also integrating the sound eco-environment into the urban space, thus blazing a trail for green development in this megacity. 

Visitors in Jiaozi Park, Chengdu on April 6. [Photo/Xinhua]

On March 16, the National Development and Reform Commission released the General Plan for Building a Park City Demonstration Area in Chengdu by Practicing the New Development Concept, drafting a blueprint for building a national demonstration area. Measuring 16,900 km at length, Chengdu's "Tianfu Greenway" system is under construction— 

Covering the whole city, the system connects many open parks and features diverse landscapes including mountains, forests, lakes, and countryside views, providing a perfect place for residents to exercise and for holding professional sporting events. As new scenarios are created, Chengdu's parks are becoming more functional. 

Mr. Liu, a Chengdu resident, usually takes his three-year-old kid to Luxihe Wetland Park in Tianfu New Area to read children's picture books in "Guanli", a branch library of Sichuan Provincial Library. 

As you enter the quaint and elegant Guanli, what catches the eye most is a wall of bookshelves. Imagine you sit beside a floor-to-ceiling window reading a book while enjoying lush plants outside. Liu Li, the librarian of Guanli, said that according to incomplete statistics, Guanli has attracted more than 50,000 visitors since its opening one year ago, and many Chengdu residents have become its regulars. 

"We like the peace and quiet here. When we get tired of reading, we can take a walk outside or drink some coffee. It is very relaxing. Many of my friends envy me as I can 'enjoy a laid-back lifestyle'," said Liu Li. 

When you get out of the library and walk along the greenway of the park for hundreds of meters, you will see a "Sichuan cuisine experience center" with a quaint stone tablet inscribed with "有云 (There are clouds)" standing in front of its door. 

Jincheng Lake and Jincheng Park, Chengdu. [Photo/Xinhua]

According to Yang Lu, Director of the "Sichuan Cuisine Experience Center", people can not only learn the stories of Sichuan cuisine inheritors, but also experience how to cook soup in a traditional way, which is part of the traditional cooking techniques of Sichuan cuisine. "We hope to show them traditional cooking techniques of Sichuan cuisine," said Yang Lu. 

The reporter learned that Chengdu is committed to forging the harmonious symbiosis of ecological space and urban space in the process of building Chengdu into a park city. By the end of 2021, Chengdu was home to 1,305 parks of various types, including 464 community parks and 478 gardens (micro green spaces). 

The well-proportioned parks are reshaping Chengdu's ecological spatial pattern, and the accompanying new living and consumption scenarios allow residents to enjoy life and services, thus promoting the creative transformation of ecological values. 

At present, Chengdu has built 50 sites that are famous as spots for photography such as Longma Lake Park, Fuhe Photography Park, and Nibatuo Forest Park, and upgraded more than 200 new living and consumption scenarios such as the "Heming Teahouse" at the People's Park and the "Urban Memory" at the Xinhua Park, delivering benefits to the general public.


Xinglong Lake, Sichuan Tianfu New Area. [Photo/Xinhua]

Covering an area of 3,700 mu (246.7 hectares), Chengdu Branch, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Science City campus) was built beside the Xinglong Lake in Sichuan Tianfu New Area at the end of 2021. The new campus is surrounded by parks, forming an open structure without walls. In this way, different research institutes can lead to each other and carry out exchanges freely. In addition, these research institutes are open to nearby innovation-driven enterprises to share large research equipment and data, thus developing complementary strengths. 

"The whole campus is like a huge park. It makes you feel at ease when you leave the laboratory and find yourself in a park," said Wang Jiatu, President of the Chengdu Branch.

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