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. Shanghai Daily photographer takes a walk alongside of the creek. 

Shot by Jiang Xiaowei. Edited by Zhong Youyang.

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.

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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From Waibaidu Bridge at the Bund to the Outer Ring Road, a total of 42 kilometers of downtown riverside section of the Suzhou Creek will open to the public next year. 

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.


Huangpu District

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Sichuan Road Bridge is one of the 10 bridges over the Suzhou Creek in Huangpu District. 

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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An aerial view of the Suzhou Creek, the biggest tributary of the Huangpu River. 

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Citizens enjoy coolness at the riverside. 

Jing'an District

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Sports facilities in Butterfly Park

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Residents take a walk along the creek. 

Putuo District

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Mengqingyuan Park

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Baocheng Road Bridge and walking and running paths

Changning District

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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A 5.6-kilometer-long section in Changning District is now open to the public in trial operation.   

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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A resident makes use of a public walkway with views of the Suzhou Creek. 

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Newly built facilities at the waterfront. 

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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An elderly man stretches at an exercise stop on a creek pathway. 

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
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Kids play basketball in Hongqiao Riverside Park.

Suzhou Creek stroll now a walk in the park
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A sculpture commemorates workers at an old cotton mill in Changning District. The Suzhou Creek area was a center of manufacturing.

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