Citizens play at Guangyanggu Urban Forest Park in Beijing, Sept. 27, 2017. [Photo by Yu Ying/Qianlong]
In order to enhance the city’s ecological quality and people’s sense of gain in green spaces, this year Xicheng District of Beijing has strengthened the construction of mini urban parks and taken the lead in launching the construction of “urban forests”.
The district made use of four vacant lands at the northwest of Caishikou Subway Station and west side of Xinjiekou North Street to create a 57,000-square-meter park named Guangyanggu Urban Forest Park. The park was officially opened to the public on September 27, 2017.
The roads connect leisure spaces in the park, where citizens can carry out daily fitness activities. In accordance with the requirements of building a “sponge city”, the park also builds a rain garden with pebbles and gravels based on the local conditions in low-lying areas.
The park aims to be a wild and natural urban forest with a complete ecological system, where the harmonious coexistence of animals, plants and microorganisms and rich biodiversity can be seen.
So far, Xicheng District has completed the construction of 11 public green leisure spaces and 61 mini green spaces and added 55,700-squre-meter urban green spaces. It is scheduled to add 78,000-square-meter urban green spaces and achieve the 93 percent coverage of parks and green spaces within 500 meters in the district before the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Citizens rest at Guangyanggu Urban Forest Park in Beijing, Sept. 27, 2017. [Photo by Yu Ying/Qianlong]
Guangyanggu Urban Forest Park officially opens in Beijing on Sept. 27, 2017. [Photo by Yu Ying/Qianlong]
A citizen takes selfies at Guangyanggu Urban Forest Park in Beijing, Sept. 27, 2017. [Photo by Yu Ying/Qianlong]