An extensive network of 2,372 kilometers of greenways is now in place thanks to the concerted efforts of the nine cities in the Pearl River Delta last year, fulfilling the target set at the beginning of last year.
In Guangzhou alone, greenways stretch 1,060 kilometers, accounting for approximately 45 percent of the provincial total. According to forestry officials, in less than a year, Guanghzou has built 1,060 kilometers of greenways linking up 12 districts, 234 major tourist attractions, 98 sub-districts, and 42 Asian Games venues, fulfilling 201 percent of the annual target. The greenways have become popular leisure spots for local residents and significantly enhanced the city's ecological environment. At more than 20 locations throughout the city, the greenways are connected to greenways of neighboring cities.
Moreover, 99 "greenway houses" have been built throughout Guangzhou. They are equipped with information terminals, wireless Internet access facilities, and mobile phone battery recharging devices. Car parks, "happy farming houses" and recreational facilities have also been constructed along the greenways, providing the city's seven million residents with low-carbon leisure options.
The design of the greenways in Guangzhou is steeped in the city's rich cultural heritage and blends perfect with the city's natural landscapes. There are urban greenways, suburban greenways, plains greenways, mountainous greenways, and greenways on water. The greenways are connected to tourist attractions, shopping districts, sports venues, office building blocks, and residential estates, providing local residents with easy access. They have been built in accordance with high standards, on schedule, and within budget.
According to local forestry officials, in the year ahead, Guangzhou plans to build another 500 kilometers of greenways in accordance with the arrangements of provincial and municipal authorities. An extensive network of provincial, municipal and community-level greenway will be in place.
(Translated by Guangzhou Association of Foreign Affairs Translators)