Chengdu: China’s most liv­able city

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSSAMERICA - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A bride wear­ing a long, del­i­cate wed­ding dress is shoot­ing wed­ding pho­tos with her hus­band in a laven­der field at the Provence In­ter­na­tional Laven­der Manor, lo­cated in Chengdu, Sichuan prov­ince.

Laven­der Manor, which con­sists of a 300,000 squareme­ter laven­der field and a five-star re­sort, has be­come a pop­u­lar leisure des­ti­na­tion for Chengdu people.

Chengdu, which is known for its beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, was listed as the most liv­able city on the Chi­nese main­land in a re­cent re­port is­sued by the Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank.

The eval­u­a­tion sys­tem was based on fac­tors in­clud­ing the qual­ity of the wa­ter re­sources, air and the en­vi­ron­ment, as well as the man­age­ment of solid waste.

The mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment has fo­cused on im­prov­ing its eco­log­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture in re­cent years, an of­fi­cial said. And the ANB re­port shows its ef­forts have borne fruit.

Ac­cord­ing to Chengdu Daily, the forested area in the city in­creased by 30 square kilo­me­ters last year thanks to the govern­ment’s eco­log­i­cal project.

To date, Chengdu’s to­tal forested cov­er­age is 37. 8 per­cent.

A to­tal of nine districts or coun­ties in Chengdu are listed as eco­log­i­cal districts by the cen­tral govern­ment.

One of them, Jin­jiang district, is con­sid­ered the first na­tional-level eco­log­i­cal district lo­cated in a big city in Mid­west­ern China.

Chengdu is sit­u­ated by Long­men Moun­tain and Longquan Moun­tain, and the city also has a great num­ber of lakes and rivers, in­clud­ing Jincheng Lake, Jian­gan Lake, Jin­sha Lake, and Qin­g­long Lake.

In 2011, the cen­tral govern­ment ap­proved the plan to build Tianfu New District, which com­prises seven coun­ties in the three cities of Sichuan prov­ince.

Part of Chengdu be­longs to the new district, in­clud­ing Xin­jin County and Shuan­gliu County.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal govern­ment, the green­ery rate of the new district is ex­pected to reach 40 per­cent, and the num­ber of large parks is ex­pected to to­tal 46.

In ad­di­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment, the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment has also made great ef­forts to im­prove the city’s in­fra­struc­ture in the past few years, which has in­creased the con­ve­nience for lo­cal res­i­dents and im­proved the qual­ity of life.

On May 2014, Chengdu was hon­ored as the “Na­tional Model City in Im­prov­ing People’s Liveli­hoods” by People.cn, the web­site of People’s Daily.

Chengdu’s Sec­ond

Ring Road Re­con­struc­tion Project and North­ern City Re­con­struc­tion Project, both con­ducted by the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment, were listed as the ex­am­ples in im­prov­ing res­i­dents’ liveli­hoods.

The Sec­ond Ring Road Re­con­struc­tion Project, which of­fi­cially be­gan on May 31, 2013, aims to ease the traf­fic pres­sure in the down­town area.

Ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment, the pop­u­la­tion den­sity in­side the Sec­ond Ring Road was more than 40,000 people per square kilo­me­ter in 2012.

In ad­di­tion, the num­ber of au­to­mo­biles in the city is more than 2 mil­lion, and the num­ber continues to grow at a fast speed. “To build Chengdu into an in­ter­na­tional city, we need to en­sure the smooth­ness of trans­porta­tion,” an of­fi­cial said. “Trans­port is closely linked to people’s daily lives.”

Ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment, one of the high­lights of the six-lane Sec­ond Ring Road project will be the lanes for buses only. This shows the govern­ment is putting res­i­dents first, the of­fi­cial said.

Ac­cord­ing to the bus com­pany, the aver­age speed of the K1 and K2 Sec­ond Ring Road bus lanes will be 30 kilo­me­ters per hour, two times faster than pre­vi­ously.

The North­ern City Re­con­struc­tion Project will also greatly im­prove the qual­ity of life of lo­cal res­i­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment, the re­con­struc­tion area is 211 square kilo­me­ters, and all the old build­ings that have safety is­sues will be re­con­structed. In ad­di­tion, new pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties such as cul­tural cen­ters and parks are be­ing built.

ZHU XINX­ING / CHINA DAILY

Famed for its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and di­verse cul­ture, Chengdu is one of the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions in China.

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