Residents in Wenjiang district, Chengdu, capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is enjoying better living environment thanks to local government’ efforts to strengthen environmental protection.
Wenjiang is known as "golden Wenjiang" for its mild climate, rivers and green spaces, and agricultural and industrial output. It has been recognized as a national ecological system construction demonstration zone and a model city of green development in China.
To create a better living environment for residents, the government of Wenjiang is attaching great importance to upgrading its river ecological system, to the construction of a greenway and to strengthening cultural protection centered on Confucius Temple in the upcoming years.
Visitors admire the setting sun at Lujia Mud Flat Park in Wenjiang. [Photo by Zhang Zhiqiang / For Asia Pacific Daily]
Jiang'an River and Jinma River are two rivers that flow through Wenjiang. The Wenjiang government has decided to upgrade areas along the two rivers to promote cultural and tourism development. Public service facilities and wetland parks will be created to enhance local living standards.
Lujia mud flat, was once a less developed part of Jinma River in Wenjiang, but has been developed into a park. The park attracts nearly 1 million visitors annually for activities such as cycling, jogging, sightseeing, taking photos and camping.
In 2021, Lujia Mud Flat Park launched an array of projects to add new sceneries such as new grasslands, plants and a view of the waters. The upgrade projects will be finished by the end of this year.
The district will also develop landmark projects such as Lujia Mud Flat Sports Park in upcoming years.
Residents ride a bike along Beilin Greenway in Wenjiang. [Photo by Sun Lin / For Asia Pacific Daily]
With a total area of 277 square kilometers, Wenjiang district is constructing a 698 km-long greenway system to connect its northern and southern parts with the aim of supporting rural revitalization and boosting industrial development in fields like tourism, creativity, sports and leisure in the region.
The district government has hosted events such as an international marathon and cycling races at the Beilin Greenway, part of the northern section of the greenway, which has a length of 65 km.
In the next few years, the government will accelerate construction on the greenway by establishing a public transport network and public service facilities for it to play a bigger role in communities.
Apart from creating new infrastructure and sceneries, Wenjiang has launched a series of upgrade plans for old communities. It attaches great importance to cultural protection in the upgrading process.
A view of Confucius Temple in autumn. [Photo by Tian Xianghe / For Asia Pacific Daily]
Tuanjie Lane, one of old lanes with century-long history, has retained its traditional look after the upgrading process. Traditional cultural and lifestyle elements such as stonework, tofu shops and old teahouses allow visitors to experience an ancient Wenjiang.
Confucius Temple is a particular highlight that demonstrates Wenjiang's history. The district government has decided to develop a cultural zone centered around the temple.
Looking ahead, Wenjiang will promote cultural development so as to strengthen interaction with residents and achieve higher goals in social and economic development.
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