Planning of Guangzhou's new central axis reviewed and approved
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Refinements of Southern Section of New Central Axis

The Detailed Regulatory Planning of the Southern Section of the New Central Axis of Guangzhou was reviewed and approved at the executive meeting of the Municipal Government after revision and refinement over a three year period.

On June 16, the Bureau of Urban Planning of Guangzhou Municipality interpreted the Planning and said the southern section of new central axis is a green axis of 180 meters width and 2.6 kilometers long. It will serve mainly as an administrative office cluster. There will be six rail transit lines in this region and two rail trams for sightseeing near Guangzhou Tower.

The planning area covers the front channel of Pearl River and Huangpu Stream to the north, back channel of Pearl River to the south, Guangzhou Dadao to the west. The riverside area of the Pearl River back channel starts from Yajisha Bridge to the west, to the east bank of Haizhu Island to the east.

The total planning area of the new axis is 40.26 square kilometers and its length is 6.4 kilometers. The northern section of the new axis from Yanling Park to Guangzhou Tower square to the north covers an area of 5.88 square kilometers. The area of the southern section is more than seven times that of the northern part, which sees a substantial expansion of the axis.

As the northern section specializes in Zhujiang New Town with the clustering of financial and commercial services, the southern section of the new axis will focus on constructing an administrative center of unique Lingnan characteristics and a high-quality and multi-functional community of structures for cultural, leisure and public activities. The administrative offices will be established on both sides of the central green axis and will attract relevant administrative departments and commercial organizations from home and abroad. This region will be divided into four sections: the first consulate district, offices area, the second consulate district and district for comprehensive transit-oriented development (TOD).

The south of the green axis will be reserved for landscape construction and open green lanes to highlight the landmark buildings and riverside view. There will be an ecological parks system comprising of Axis Green Park, Haizhu Lake Park, Wanmu Orchard, Sports Park and Binjiang Park along the south of the green axis from north to south.

The planning also involves the construction of a new landmark Lingnan Gate on the south of Haizhu Lake Park, to contrast pleasingly with Guangzhou Tower at the North. Metro Lines 3, 8, 11, 12, 20 and the Guangfo Line will run through the region. Ten stations of rail transit contribute to the high coverage of 72% within 800 meters. Further, the two rail tram routes s running east and west will greatly facilitate public axis use in an environmental friendly way, since they provide abundant station stops and connect closely with the metro lines for convenient interchange.

According to the Municipal Planning Bureau, these two new rail tram routes will be the first sightseeing rail trams in Guangzhou. Their specific routes are not confirmed yet and will be decided in the next phrase of planning. But, it is highly likely they will pass close by the scenic spots of Haizhu Lake, Lingnan Gate and south of Haixinsha Island.

(Translated by Guangzhou Association of Foreign Affairs Translators)

Editor: Olivia
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