Come see Pudong's rustic, yet modern villages

Li Qian
A newly-unveiled tourist route offers an authentic rural experience, linking popular sites like the ancient water town Xinchang and the Zhoupu Flower Sea.
Li Qian

Pudong has released a rural tourist route inviting visitors to feel its rustic charm and modern vibe.

Home to the financial hub of Lujiazui, Pudong also has beautiful rural scenery in Zhangjiang, Zhoupu and Datuan towns.

The newly unveiled route offers an authentic rural experience. It links popular sites including the ancient watertown Xinchang, the former dwelling of renowned translator Fou Lei and the Zhoupu Flower Sea which features 33 hectares of blossoms in four seasons. It also contains accommodation at local minsu (Chinese-style B&B) and the taste of local foods, like mutton.

According to Pudong’s agriculture commission, a cross-area countryside biking tour will be organized to allow people to ride through local wheat fields.

Additionally, the district’s women’s federation will organize foreign families living in Pudong to visit local villages to see how modern and pretty today’s villages are.

“We are working to stimulate development of rural areas based on their advantages,” said Su Jinshan, director of Pudong’s agriculture commission.

He gave the example of Lianmin Village near the Shanghai Disney Resort. The riverside village has focused on developing agricultural products. Annual income per capita has increased from 20,300 yuan (US$2,998) in 2015 to today’s 32,700 yuan.

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