Shanghai to build first coastal country park in Pudong New Area
Updated 13:08, 11-Jan-2019
Shanghai will set up its first coastal country park as part of the mega city's efforts to improve the ecological environment. 
Heqing Country Park, situated in the Heqing Township in the easternmost area of Pudong New Area, will cover an area of 35.7 square kilometers. It will consist of three main areas – a tourism and leisure center, a sports resort designed to host international sports events and a water development center for kayaking. 
China Daily reported that the first-phase construction covering around 13.5 square kilometers were approved by the government in early December and are expected to start in 2020.
Till now, six country parks have already been opened to the public in Shanghai, including the Guangfulin Country Park in Songjiang District, Qingxi Country Park in Qingpu District and the Changxing Island Country Park in Chongming District.
Heqing Country Park is designed to construct ecological forest barriers for coastal ecology protection. In addition, the construction of this new park could also help to lighten the shortage of urban parks in the east China metropolis. 
(Cover: The green office block of Shanghai. /VCG Photo)