Feb 02
City ready to host foreign tourists after overseas showcase
Chengdu, the capital city of Southwest China's Sichuan province, is among the country's top destinations during Spring Festival, which will be celebrated from Feb 4-19. Local attractions include pandas, delicious cuisine, beautiful scenery and a variety of cultural traditions.
A promotional event in Athens, capital of Greece, on Jan 22, marked the beginning of Chengdu's overseas marketing campaign.
With the support of the Chinese embassy in Greece, this was the first time that Chengdu hosted a city-marketing event in a Greek city.
the pictures from the official WeChat account "国际蓉" of the Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
More than 100 representatives from the Greek government as well as local businesses and media attended.
Xu Yabin, deputy general manager of Chengdu Culture and Tourism Group, the corporate organizer for the event, introduced Chengdu's tourism resources to guests through pictures, videos and product displays.
Chengdu's food, intangible cultural heritage and landscapes were the highlights exhibited at the venue.
Visitors were treated to Sichuan Opera, paper-cutting, sugar painting, bamboo craft and a tea ceremony.
A Greek lawyer named Daphne was one of the visitors. She said she had been working for a law firm in Shanghai for several years.
"I had served a number of clients from Chengdu when I was in the law firm," said Daphne, adding that she hopes her firm will open operations in Chengdu.
A representative from a local meat products company, whose surname is Athanasiu, said he is considering a research trip to Chengdu.
Miu Bin, from Chengdu, who is studying drama at a university in Athens, said he plans to introduce Greek dramas to Chengdu after graduation, to contribute to the cultural exchange between the two ancient cities.
In the evening that day, the Chinese embassy in Athens held a reception to treat guests to genuine Chengdu dishes.
During the event, the governments of Chengdu and Athens signed an agreement of friendly partnership.
Chengdu will hold more Spring Festival-themed activities in Greece, with the aim to improve awareness of Chengdu's food, culture and tourist attractions among local residents.
Days after the Greek event, Chengdu kicked off a promotional campaign in Germany.
The event, called "Happy Spring Festival and Happy Trip of Chengdu", was opened at the Chinese Culture Center in Berlin on Jan 25 with shows of Chengdu dishes, handicrafts and Sichuan Opera.
the pictures from the official WeChat account "国际蓉" of the Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office
A photographic exhibition featuring Chengdu's landscapes, people and arts is an important part of the event, which will last to Feb 28.
A show of Chengdu's food was also held at Potsdamer Platz, in central Berlin. The show was a carnival for the locals as they experienced the joyful atmosphere of Chinese New Year by tasting Chengdu food and watching cultural and arts shows.
A German tourism magazine publisher, whose surname is Hertus, said he is familiar with the term of Chinese New Year.
"I knew Spring Festival is a big day for the Chinese people," he said, "but it is from the shows of Chengdu's paper-cutting, sugar painting and Sichuan Opera arts, I got to understand the cultural connotations of the festival."
A young German man named Patrick said the shows of Chinese paper-cutting and sugar painting were almost "legendary" for him. At the event, he had a video chat with his mother, whom he said is an enthusiast of Chinese culture, and showed her the performances at Potsdamer Platz.
During the chat, Patrick and his mother said they hope to have a trip to Chengdu during next year's Spring Festival.
Chengdu's officials, who were in charge of the campaigns in Greece and Germany, said the events are meant to attract investors, as well.
"The events are ideal platforms to tell the stories of Chengdu and improve its recognition in the world," said an official from the Chengdu city government.
Jan 23
American community director assistant helps foreigners settle in Chengdu
Public-spirited O'Connell was named a community director assistant of Tongzilin Community about three months after he settled in the community, where he now lives alongside 4,300 foreigners from over 30 countries and regions including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan.
As a community director assistant, O'Connell's primary role is to help foreigners solve problems they come up against in everyday life, like how to take a bus or use apps such as WeChat and Alipay. Furthermore, O'Connell also explains Chinese law to foreigners in the community, to help them adapt to life in China as quickly as possible.
People can call him anytime, whether they need to find a new apartment, find a school for their children, or figure out legal issues, said O'Connell.
Keen on causes for the public good, O'Connell voluntarily donates blood every month, picks up litter, and actively takes part in various public benefit activities in his spare time. He explained that as this city has given him so much, he wants to repay it in his own way.
"We often see him taking part in public benefit activities," said Zhang Jiarong, secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Tongzilin Community Committee, noting that warm-hearted O'Connell has deeply impressed people in the community, and that his interest in volunteering was an important factor in naming him a community director assistant.
Since O'Connell currently doesn't know Chinese, he asks his Chinese friends to translate for him. Now, he says that he is trying hard to learn the language, and hopes to master it as soon as possible.
According to Chengdu Economic Daily, O'Connell and his wife came to Chengdu in August 2016, at which point Chengdu was meant to be their first stop on a tour of the whole country. However, the couple fell in love with the city, and quickly decided to settle in Tongzilin Community.
O'Connell found a part-time job not long after they settled in Chengdu, teaching English at an international school, while his wife became a physics teacher in another international school.
"Chengdu is as modern as New York, and it is a pleasant city to live in just like where I'm from in California. More importantly, the people here are very friendly and generous," said O'Connell, adding that instead of seeing the city as tourists, they wanted to enjoy real Chengdu life.
(source: en.people.cn, January 11, 2019)
Dec 22
Transport network transforms Chengdu
Air routes and an advanced international railway network have transformed Chengdu ― in landlocked Sichuan province ― in major ways since China's reform and opening-up policies were introduced in the late 1970s.
Now the city can align growth closely with the outside world thanks to the extensive transportation network.
Every student of Chinese literature knows the famous line from Li Bai, a great poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907): "Traveling in Sichuan is as difficult as mounting to the sky." That line would remind many Chinese people of Sichuan's deplorable inaccessibility.
"Forty years ago, Sichuan didn't have a single international air route. There was only a daily flight from Chengdu to Beijing. It took a day and two nights to get there on the fastest train at that time," said Shen Zaiwang, a senior official with Sichuan People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.
With the opening of the Xi'an-Chengdu Bullet Train a year ago, the trip takes only 10 hours.
Known for its silk products in ancient times, Chengdu was a major source of cargo on the Silk Road, starting from Xi'an, Shaanxi province, some 700 kilometers away.
Now, Chengdu not only has bullet trains linking to parts of China but also boasts trains linking to Europe.
Last month, a freight train starting in Bremerhaven, Germany, arrived at the Chengdu International Railway Port in the first test of the China-EU Express Railway (Chengdu). It increased the number of overseas departure terminals to 22.
The express railway, a direct line for freight that was launched in 2013 to connect Chengdu to Europe, has eliminated the geographic disadvantages of Chengdu as a landlocked city and transformed the city into an important logistics hub and economic exchange center between Europe and western China.
Chengdu has sent 2,597 freight trains to Europe in the past five years, 25 percent of China's total.
"With the increasing global influence of the China-EU Express Railway (Chengdu), a growing number of multinational companies are establishing a presence here," said Zhang Tianyi, deputy director of the management committee of the city's railway port.
Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel and Moldova have located their national commodity pavilions at the port.
A similar story has played out in the air. As the largest aviation hub in central and western China, Chengdu currently has 112 international air routes that enable it to expand cooperation and exchanges with the outside, while boosting domestic investment.
It is home to 285 Fortune Global 500 companies and 17 foreign consulates, the largest numbers among cities in central and western China.
Since its debut in Chengdu ― as part of the China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone in early 2017 ― the southwest operation center of dhgate.com said it has seen a 300 percent increase in business volume and a drop of around 30 percent in its logistics cost in the past 18 months.
The company helps small and medium-sized enterprises in Sichuan sell their commodities in some 130 countries and regions.
Its general manager, Zhu Rong, said the growth is largely due to the facility's proximity to Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu.
Du Jinyou, head of Chengdu's logistics office, said the city will accelerate the pace of setting up seven international railway channels, along with five channels that combine sea and rail transportation, in a bid to become the hub of the new Eurasian land bridge linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Chengdu's global air network will include business routes covering 48 core aviation hubs and economic centers; cargo-only routes directly linking with 14 key logistics cities, including Frankfurt, Chicago and Amsterdam; and another 30 high-quality routes serving the demand for tourism and culture, he said.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, December 21, 2018)
Dec 05
Chengdu establishes China’s first 5G demonstration zone
5G communication technology
5G communication technology is superior to the current 4G technology in three ways - it has an ultra-low latency of one millisecond, the internet speed supported by 5G is a hundred times faster than that of 4G, and it can enable up to 1 million connections per square kilometer.
Besides Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, 5G has been put into practice in multiple areas of the city, including a software park, a China Mobile office, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, while 5G technology will be put into commercial use around the world in 2020.
The new 5G demonstration zone is a test area for 5G communication technology. According to an employee of the Chengdu branch of China Mobile, with 5G technology, people can download a blueray-quality movie within a minute, which usually takes half an hour or longer with 4G.
Also, in the experimental area, people can witness dinosaurs strolling down the street after putting on a helmet with Mixed Reality (MR) technology, and see the adorable giant pandas in real time with the help of 5G and the 360-degree virtual reality (VR) cameras located several kilometers away.
(source: en.people.cn, December 04, 2018)
Dec 03
Chengdu's all-day snacks
Sichuan cuisine is known for its mala quality, a numbing spiciness that comes from the prolific use of its famous peppercorns. But Sichuan food is not just about heat. It includes a much broader spectrum of flavors, and this is best showcased by its vast variety of street snacks.
In Chengdu alone, you can be eating street food from morning till midnight, and you'd have just skimmed the surface of the available choices.
Chengdu's all-day snacks
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Chengdu loves a good skewer of meat or vegetables, which they call chuanchuan (above); Zhongshuijiao (above right) are dumplings served in hot oil. Photos Provided to China Daily
Let's take a trip, which begins with a leisurely cup of tea in the park, where pavilions and booths selling hot tea are a common sight. A lidded bowl of tea here is a morning ritual, and you sip it slowly, catching up on the day's news with a newspaper, or settling down as a friendly old man cleans your ears for a small fee.
He uses a bamboo sliver with a scooped edge, so tiny it looks like a caviar spoon. He would methodically clean your ears, and then brush it clean with another bamboo stick, this time tipped with a tiny clump of downy feathers.
Hot tea and ear-cleaning services - an odd but irresistible combination.
Now that you can hear perfectly, it's time to sally forth in search of breakfast.
Start with a bowl of soft, savory bean curd. The tender, custardlike curds are topped with pickled vegetables for a bit of crunch and then drizzled with hot oil.
Those with a sweet tooth can choose to eat their curds sweet, with a ladleful of brown sugar syrup. The curds are beloved in Sichuan, where they call it bean curd flower.
Or breakfast can be a bowl of noodles, if you can decide which variety you prefer.
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There are the famous dan-dan noodles with savory meat sauce, little bowl noodles with tailor-made condiments that include sesame paste, soy, chili oil, herbs and Sichuan peppercorns, or the "sweet-water" noodles that are served with a sugary but spicy hot bean paste.
Chengdu folks have a fondness for innards, and a popular choice any time of the day is noodles served with chunks of large intestines doused with chili oil to help mask the gaminess.
Dumplings are also popular in Chengdu, and there are two or three very famous choices.
Hongyou chaoshou are large wanton dumplings served in a vinegary sauce spiced up with chili and Sichuan peppercorns. Named after the bright red sauce, these soft-skinned dumplings are fiery favorites.
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Zhongshuijiao are also dumplings served in hot oil, but they're shaped differently.
Apart from noodles and dumplings, Chengdu loves a good skewer of meat or vegetables. They call these chuan-chuan.
Bamboo sticks are used to string up all sorts of ingredients and cooked in a spicy broth. These are then piled into a large basin and placed on the table. Diners pick out their favorites and then pay for what they eat.
There is also something called maocai, which is a selection of food such as fish, prawns, pork, beef, chicken or mutton cut up in slices or pieces. You choose your meat and add vegetables or tofu. The platter is then handed over to the cook, who then cooks up everything the way you want it, with the seasoning you prefer.
This stir-fry special is a city favorite for lunch, dinner or late night supper. At the same stall, you can often find another interesting off-cut - deep-fried nuggets of brain.
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The brain has to be carefully cleansed of any blood vessels. It is blanched to firm it up and then coated in a crispy seasoned batter before being cooked in hot oil. For those who dare, the result is a crisp crunch at first bite, followed by the custardlike texture of the brains.
Those with a taste for the even more exotic can try another Chengdu specialty, spicy rabbit heads.
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These skeletal tidbits are a favorite street-side snack, although it is a bit disconcerting to see pretty Sichuan lasses munching happily on a rabbit skull spotted with chili flakes.
Compared with this, the next Chengdu dish is positively tame. Granny's pig trotters are pig's feet cooked till they are fall-apart tender. They come in a thick soup, but you eat them dipped into spicy chili oil - what else?
Sometimes, the name intrigues more than the dish. "Lung slices by husband and wife" is one. It is a delicious stir-fry using beef, tongue, heart, tripe and intestines and the only organ it does not include is lung.
Still, misnomer or not, it remains one of the most popular dishes on the streets.
After the skewers and meats, Chengdu foodies love their desserts.
Glutinous rice balls are cooked in boiling syrup till they turn golden brown. They are then drained and cooled until a brittle sugar crust forms. Hongtang guozi, or brown sugar rice balls, are then sold skewered onto bamboo sticks.
They must be eaten hot, so the sugar crust crackles in the mouth, exposing the soft, hot glutinous centers.
Another dessert that Chengdu children of all ages love is something called three cannonballs, also made of glutinous rice flour.
Cooked rice flour balls are bounced onto a dough board where cymbals are placed. The balls hit the cymbals before ricocheting into a basin full of toasted soy bean flour.
Customers buy these snacks more for the acrobatic skills of the vendor than the actual dumpling, but that's where the fun lies.
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The candy artist also sells his skills and delights in exhibiting them. Using a special funnel, he draws with heated caramel and artfully turns out flowers, butterflies or even dragons as his customers watch.
As the caramel hardens, the candy becomes edible art.
And finally, there are the jellies.
Wobbly cakes made from bean pastes and starches are eaten with sweet or spicy sauces. Collectively known as liangfen or cool cakes, the plain white cakes are made of potato starch, and the yellow cakes from mung beans.
There is also a transparent jelly made from fig sap known as bing liangfen or iced jelly. These are served cold with brown sugar syrup.
These are just some of Chengdu's street snacks. To fully savor the whole range, you'd have to get an airplane ticket and plan for a very long, very delicious holiday.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, November 30, 2018)
Nov 29
Experts surveyed on most attractive cities
The 2018 survey for the most attractive Chinese cities for expats officially kicked off.
The annual survey, organized by International Talent Magazine and China Society for Research on International Professional Personnel Exchange and Development, has served as an important window for expatriates to learn about China. It is the only national survey participated in exclusively by foreign experts working and living in China, including Nobel Prize laureates and Chinese Friendship Award recipients. The annual survey began in 2010 and is now in its eighth year.
As of last year, Shanghai has topped the list five times in a row, having scored highest both in working and living environments. For the list of most attractive cities in western China, Chengdu has led the race two years in a row.
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Economic reasons continue to dominate the list of reasons why expats choose to work in China. Employment opportunities were voted as the reason to come to China by 57.2 percent of voters. More than half of respondents, 55.3 percent, took urban environment and pollution into consideration when choosing a city to work in China.
Climbing up the career ladder and enhancing working environments was a core need for expats. 39.1 percent of voters hoped to work in China in the long term. 71.6 percent were satisfied with their pay, and 36.1 percent expressed a willingness to stay in China for the long run.
This year's survey, the ninth of its kind, is more engaging and targeted. Top ten nominees were selected by Nobel Prize laureates and Chinese Friendship Award recipients, as well as renowned expats living and working in China. Four indexes will be looked at, namely policy, governmental environment, working and living conditions. Furthermore, Chinese cities with the most potential will also be selected.
The survey will also work closely with "city openness and talent recruitment" to showcase the effort China has made to attract foreign talent, as well as the preferences expats have when working or starting business in China, so as to put more emphasis on building an environment to attract more high-level expats to come to China.
This year's survey results will be released in April 2019.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October 30, 2018)
Nov 27
Sichuan to roll out more steps for non-public enterprises
Sichuan province's efforts to attract more private entrepreneurs have got off to a good start with a substantial growth in the number of private enterprises at the China (Sichuan) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Chengdu.
The free trade zone, which was set up on April 1, 2017, has till date attracted investment from 44,400 firms with a total registered capital of nearly 543 billion yuan ($78 billion).
Among the newly established firms, 522 are foreign-funded, accounting for more than one-third of the foreign-funded firms set up in Sichuan since April 2017, according to data from the provincial government. Prominent among them is Allergan, a US-based pharmaceutical company which has set up an innovation center in the FTZ.
Accounting for less than 0.025 percent of the land area in Sichuan, the FTZ is now seen as an inland vanguard in the province's opening to the outside world, said Sheng Yi, former president of the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences.
In addition to market potential, investors attribute the influx of firms in the zone to its advantageous business environment and convenient transportation links.
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The pilot zone covers nearly 120 square kilometers, with 100 sq km in Chengdu and the rest in Luzhou. The zone's Chengdu section has advantages such as aviation and railway transportation, while the Luzhou section has a port connecting the Yangtze River to the East China Sea.
The Chengdu section will stress on development of the modern services sector, high-end manufacturing, high-tech and airport-related business, said Tang Limin, chief of the General Office of the Sichuan provincial government.
Xu Xin, the manager of a catering chain said he got a food management permit to start a new restaurant in the Chengdu part of the zone in just two days.
Since its debut in the Chengdu part of the zone in early 2017, the southwest operation center of dhgate.com, which helps small- and medium-sized enterprises in Sichuan to sell their commodities to some 130 countries and regions, has witnessed a rise of 300 percent in its business volume and a drop of around 30 percent in its logistics fees in the past 18 months.
Its general manager Zhu Rong said the growth has been largely due to the facility's proximity to the Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu. With 111 international routes, the Chengdu airport handles 5 million visitors a year.
Liu Xing, head of the Sichuan provincial department of commerce, said the approval procedure for newly established firms in various parts of the zone will be simplified further in order to attract more private entrepreneurs.
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(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, November 27, 2018)
Oct 31
Chengdu to create better conditions for international students
Luo met and chatted with 60 international students from 30 countries at the meeting, talking about their study and life in Chengdu. The students came from seven universities in Chengdu, including Sichuan University, University of Electronic Science and Technology, Southwest Jiaotong University, and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.
"Apart from the current scholarships for international students, we will carry out more favorable policies and provide a better studying and living environment," said Luo.
Luo said he hoped that the international students build a bridge of friendship between Chengdu and their home cities, and he also welcomed the students to work or start a business in Chengdu for a shared future.
Veronika Krasnova, who came to Chengdu from Russia last year to study Chinese at Southwest Jiaotong University, said she had met a lot of new friends and had great experience in the city.
"Although I often miss my motherland, Chengdu has become my second hometown, and Southwest Jiaotong University is my second home," she said.
Julien Michel Turlan, who came from France three years ago to study Chinese translation, said he chose Chengdu because of its beautiful scenery and delicious food, as well as its fascinating history and culture.
According to Luo, the mayor, Chengdu is a historical and cultural city and is developing at a high speed. Last year, Chengdu's GDP reached 1.39 trillion ($199.5 billion), ranking second among the provincial capital cities and eighth among all cities in the country.
"Chengdu is also a city with openness and inclusiveness, a city with livability and vitality, and a city full of development potential," he said.
Backed by the great opportunity to implement the "Belt and Road" Initiative, Chengdu is deepening its opening up and becoming more international in an all-round way. The city is expanding international exchanges and cooperation in areas including culture and education, and is attracting an increasing number of international students.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, October 30, 2018)
Oct 26
Beautiful, liveable metropolis takes shape
Chengdu expects to become a world-class city through sustainable development by 2050, according to the Overall Urban Development Plan of Chengdu (2016-2035).
In Chengdu there is a huge "garden" — Longquan Mountain Urban Forest Park. According to the plan, Longquan Mountain will become a world-class green center and international "living room" for the city.
The forest coverage of the park is expected to reach 70 percent, equivalent to 107.6 square feet of forest for each citizen. It will give the city's residents more convenient access to recreational areas and a better quality of life. Wang Shibin, director of the park's management committee, said he feels a heavy responsibility on his shoulders to oversee the plan's implementation.
He said one of the key missions was to build more attractions and plant more green vegetation, adding that the area of newly-built green space in the Longquan Mountain park had reached 1,333 hectares.
Some 24.9 miles of mountain roads and 124.3 miles of greenway, as well as sightseeing platforms, will be finished this year in the park. The mountain roads will be constructed in late March, Wang added.
Tianfu Greenway is another major programme. The project, which began in 2017, is to be completed by 2035. By then, a greenway stretching 10,501 miles will cross the whole city, covering 3.46 million acres in area.
Ecological zones, parks, small gardens and grasslands will be connected via the greenway, transforming the metropolis into a huge garden. It will serve multiple functions, including ecological protection.
(source: www.chinadaily.com.cn, March 20, 2018)
Lush city greenway to revitalize Chengdu
Proud of its reputation as China's happiest city for many years, Chengdu aims to develop itself into a beautiful, livable and ecologically-friendly city in the near future and a world-famous city with sustainable development by 2050.
Besides pandas and its signature spicy Sichuan cuisine, Chengdu wants to create a new brand for itself - the Tianfu Greenway.
The greenway will feature lush trees, flowers and rivers and will contribute greatly to boosting the city's ecological civilization and green development.
The project is scheduled to complete by 2035. By then, a greenway stretching 16,900 kilometers will cross the whole city covering 14,000 square kilometers, transforming the metropolis into a huge garden.
"Residents will benefit most from the project," said Gao Jing, president of the architectural landscape section of the Sichuan Provincial Architectural Design and Research Institute. "It will leave a permanent green space that can be passed down from generation to generation."
The wetlands, lakes and forests dotted around the city will be connected via the greenway. It will also link urban and rural areas, Gao said.
The Tianfu Greenway will serve multiple functions, including ecological protection, encouraging more people to walk or ride a bike, casual sightseeing, rural revitalization, cultural creativity, sports, agricultural landscaping and emergency shelter.
Zhang Qiao, director of Chengdu Urban and Rural Construction Commission, said the greenway will change the way people travel around the city.
"The greenway is designed to link buses and subways so people can use it to walk to find a station easily before making their longer journeys," Zhang said.
Public service facilities and communities will also be linked by the greenway, he added.
Chengdu's unique culture, such as its close association with pandas and strong links with the ancient kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms period (220-280) will be integrated into the greenway.
The Jinjiang Greenway, initiated in late 2017, will focus on the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, one of the major ancient water conservation projects of China.
Chengdu's Tianfu Hibiscus Garden, which is set to open in May, part of the Tianfu Greenway, as an ideal place for residents and visitors alike to get back to nature among an array of flower displays.
City officials expect it to become the biggest hibiscus garden with the most diverse varieties of flowers and advanced technologies in the region.
Dating back to the time of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (907-960), colorful hibiscus petals dressed the city walls of Chengdu, with many nicknaming it The Hibiscus City. The government wants to restore that reputation.
"The aroma of flowers will never fade despite the season, due to carefully chosen flower varieties by professionals," said Tian Weilong, general manager of the southwestern region of COFCO Property.
More than 20,000 hibiscuses from about 30 varieties, together with other 300 plants have been planted in the garden, he added. It will also be equipped with commercial streets for shopping and dining, featuring local specialties such as hibiscus soup, hibiscus chicken and hibiscus tofu.
Sports facilities are also under construction with events including an international marathon and a road bicycle race to be held this year on the Tianfu Greenway.
As of the end of January, a total of 785 km of the greenway had been completed. Even though it is not yet complete, the area has become a success in attracting many people to the new landmark of the city.
A logo for the greenway was released last month featuring a sunbird, hibiscus and gingko pattern - all representative elements of Chengdu.
"The financial benefits brought by the construction of the greenway will far exceed the project's investment," said Ren Zhineng, chairman of the board of Chengdu's Better City, an investment company. "At the same time, it will bring social and environmental benefits."
By 2020, a total 840 km of regional level greenways will be completed, together with 2,400 km of city and community level greenways. By 2025, the length of regional level greenways will stretch 1,920 km and the length of city and community level greenways will increase to 8,680 km.
(source: chinadaily.com.cn, March 12, 2018)