Pastoral complex gets ready for visitors

Maoqiao Fair, a pastoral recreation complex in Huating Town, Jiading District, is set to open to the public in June.

Ti Gong

A cartoon illustration of Maoqiao Fair

Maoqiao Fair, a pastoral recreation complex in Huating Town, Jiading District, is set to open to the public in June. Its main body has been completed so far, whereas another pastoral complex, the “Countryside New World” in Xiangyang Village, will soon undergo construction.

The wooden architectures surrounded by trees in the complex are simple and archaic, typical of local old residences of water town and garden style.

Part of the buildings will be adapted into a folk custom fair and the rest will be developed into B&B accommodation.

A 400-meter-long snack market on the north bank of Hengtang River will accommodate over 50 food suppliers who will present more than 100 varieties of snacks.

The construction materials used for making wooden stores have undergone fire prevention and anticorrosion treatments.

Maoqiao managed to preserve the village’s natural ecology while developing the fair. No local families was forced to resettle due to demolition and villagers have been encouraged to rent their vacant houses, transforming property into capital. Locals will enjoy preferred recruitment in job hunting.

“Countryside New World,” another pastoral recreation complex in Jiading, will begin construction at the end of this month. Scheduled to end construction by 2020, the complex will integrate cultural experiences, B&B, farming, dining and entertainment.



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