Tired of high-rises and shopping malls? Check out the "beautiful villages" in Shanghai
Shanghai is often regarded as an urban metropolis with countless high-rises and shopping malls, yet the hinterland of Shanghai forms about 85 percent of the city’s land area.
In recent years, the city has been attaching great importance to revitalizing its rural areas with a campaign called “beautiful villages.”
Last July, Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang called rural areas “a rare resource of a megacity.”
So far, more than 60 model villages with a clean environment, good governance and wealthy lifestyle have been ranked as “beautiful villages” in suburban Chongming, Qingpu, Baoshan, Jiading, Songjiang, Jinshan districts and the Pudong New Area.
The city aims to ensure 200 such villages meet this standard by 2022.
Shanghai Daily photographer Wang Rongjiang visited three of the villages in Pudong recently.