A WALK TO RE­MEM­BER

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Packed with el­e­ments of art, cul­ture, his­tory and na­ture, Shang­hai’s newly opened 45-kilo­me­ter wa­ter­front trail along the Huangpu River is with­out doubt the city’s lat­est land­mark par­ties, re­quest that some com­pa­nies be re­lo­cated and build many sky­walks and bridges,” he said.

Qian Xin, a pro­fes­sor at the in­sti­tute who was in­volved in com­pil­ing the guide­lines for the trail, told Xin­min Evening News that the ob­jec­tive was to pre­serve the unique fea­tures of the river­front while cre­at­ing a sense of unity in the route. Au­thor­i­ties had also so­licited the opin­ions of the pub­lic for the pro­ject.

The route fea­tures three lanes ded­i­cated to walk­ing, jog­ging and cy­cling re­spec­tively and are al­most al­ways flanked by flora and fauna. Trail users can also find pub­lic re­strooms in­stalled within 500 to 1,000 me­ters of one an­other.

Qian pointed out that the wa­ter­front can be gen­er­ally di­vided into three zones — a his­tor­i­cal area that fea­tures the city’s in­dus­trial legacy, a cul­tural space with mu­se­ums and gal­leries, and a na­ture spot.

The 2.8-km sec­tion of the trail in Yangpu dis­trict is where a range of in­dus­trial build­ings is lo­cated. There is a cot­ton mill as well as Shang­hai’s first water and power plants, all of which have a his­tory of al­most 100 years.

In Xuhui dis­trict, the 8.9-km trial links an ar­ray of mu­se­ums and art gal­leries. The Yuz Museum was for­merly an old hangar, the Long Museum used to be an old coal-load­ing dock, while the Star Museum was a rail­way sta­tion.

Chen Zi­han, a land­scape de­signer at the West Bund Group, the main de­vel­oper of the river­side in Xuhui dis­trict, said that there would be 10 mu­se­ums open to the pub­lic along this sec­tion of the trail by 2020. He added that the West Bund group has also signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with France’s Pom­pi­dou Cen­ter to hold an art ex­hi­bi­tion at the West Bund Art Museum which is sched­uled to open by the end of 2018.

Over at the 2.5-km sec­tion of the trail in Hongkou dis­trict, peo­ple can take in the view of sky­scrapers in the city’s Lu­ji­azui fi­nan­cial area. This is con­sid­ered the main at­trac­tion of the trail.

To help the pub­lic bet­ter un­der­stand the trail, the Shang­hai Sur­vey­ing and Map­ping In­sti­tute re­leased an on­line map of the trail in De­cem­ber. On it, peo­ple can iden­tify where at­trac­tions, re­strooms and pub­lic trans­porta­tion fa­cil­i­ties are lo­cated.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

As of this year, the river­fronts on both sides of the Huangpu River are con­nected in a scenic 45-km trail that is open to the pub­lic.

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