Greenbelt to be constructed in Zhenru

A major greenbelt will be built in downtown Putuo District on the land that was formerly occupied by a seafood market as well as a village that contained illegal buildings.
Ti Gong

An artist rendition of the Zhenru Greenbelt

A major greenbelt will be built in downtown Putuo District on the land that was formerly occupied by a seafood market as well as a village that contained illegal buildings.

Zhenru Greenbelt will cover 215,000 square meters, equivalent to about 30 football pitches, in the historic Zhenru Town in Putuo.

The 6-kilometer long belt, to run across the town, will include the existing Zhenru Park, as well as land used for the city’s once largest seafood market, Tongchuan Road Aquatic Product Market.

The market was closed late last year to make way for Metro Line 14 and to improve the urban landscape.

The first phase of the belt will run from Daduhe Road to Lanxi Road, covering about 70,000 square meters, while the second phase will extend to Caoyang Road and go through the former seafood market.

An artificial river will be dug to connect with Qiujiang River and Zhenrugang River to create a riverside region. Public green space will also be built on the now demolished Hongqi Village.

Zhenru was originally formed around 1208 and 1224 during the Song Dynasty. A monk named Yong’an erected Zhenru Temple and built a Xianghua (or scented flower) bridge, which brought worshippers to the area.

Markets were later developed around the temple, which still exists, along with Zhenru pagoda. Both will be involved in the future green belt, according to designs released by the government.

Two Metro lines 11 and 7 have been opened to connect Zhenru, while lines 14 and 15 are under construction. Since Line 20 is in the planning stage, a total of five subway lines will link Zhenru with other districts in the future.

The town is also featured by the Shanghai West Railway Station as a major section of the Shanghai-Nanjing Railway. Zhenru has targeted to become a GBD, or Green Business District, to incorporate ecologic, cultural and trade elements.

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