Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
Work is in full swing opening new areas along the core section of the Suzhou Creek to the public.
The 125-kilometer-long creek, which flows from Qingpu District to Waibaidu Bridge, is the Huangpu River’s biggest tributary.
According to a master plan, a total of 42 kilometers of downtown riverside sections of the creek will be open to the public by 2020, featuring continuous sightseeing pathways.
Several new river front sections in Putuo and Changning districts have already been completed and are now open to the public.
Other new river front sections in Huangpu, Changning, Jing’an and Hongkou districts will be opened gradually by the end of the year.
A 600-meter-long riverside in Jiading District will also be renovated from October. Industrial sites near the Outer Ring Road will be redeveloped into ecological waterfront regions.
More than 10 kilometers of the riverside area remain closed in downtown with about 50 places interrupted by infrastructure, companies or neighborhoods.
According to the development plan titled “Striving for a World-Class Waterfront Area,” continuous riverside zones will be created along both the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek by 2020, featuring more greenery, preserved historic buildings, bridges, “sponge city” technology and even “harmonious hues.”
Shanghai Daily photographer Jiang Xiaowei took a walk alongside the creek.