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Official Announcement|World of Green... Zhengzhou Wins Title of National Ecological Garden City!

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Zhengzhou Wins Another Honor!

 

On the afternoon of June 30, Zhengzhou was awarded the title of National Ecological Garden City at the Henan Urban Landscaping Planning, Design and Construction On-site Meeting.

After years of unremitting efforts, Zhengzhou realized its dream of being selected as a "national ecological garden city", becoming the first city to win the title among cities above the provincial capital in the north of the Yangtze River.

On January 22, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) issued the Circular of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China on Naming National Ecological Garden City and Garden City (County, Town) in 2019, announcing that seven cities including Zhengzhou and Nanjing won the title of "National Ecological Garden City".

The title represents the supreme honor of urban landscaping in China. It is an important achievement Zhengzhou has made in the process of fully implementing Xi Jinping's thought on ecological civilization and adhering to the development philosophy of "lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets".

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Zhengzhou, which was once a "city of sand storm" with only 77 street trees, has been making tremendous efforts to carry out afforestation in the outskirts of city and landscaping in city proper, thus it was known as the "green city" in the 1980s and listed as a "National Garden City" in 2006.

Zhengzhou's ecological corridors (By Ma Jian) In recent years, with the goal of "roads in the forest, forests in the city, blue and green interwoven, rivers and lakes connected, surrounded by wetlands" and with the focus of "increasing, improving and upgrading", Zhengzhou has concerted efforts to create an ecological space of "three circles, one belt, nine waters, thirty one corridors", and has seen an annual newly created green area of over ten million square meters for eight consecutive years.

By the end of 2019, the total green area in Zhengzhou's built-up areas stood at 195 million square meters, realizing a greening rate of 35.84%, a green coverage rate of 40.83% and a park green area per capita of 13.2 square meters, up 4.14 percentage points, 5.93 percentage points and 5.03 square meters respectively from 2006. Due to the further improvements in the layout of urban green space, an urban space ecological pattern featuring appropriate amount, reasonable distribution, distinctive characteristics and beautiful landscape is taking shape.

In order to ensure its citizens can enjoy a green space within 300 meters and meet a park within 500 meters, Zhengzhou has stepped up efforts to strengthen the areas of weaknesses, and is working to build all plots covering less than 10 mu (2/3 hectare) that are left by urban village renovation, shantytowns transformation, market relocation and school relocation into green spaces.

By far, Zhengzhou has built 3,558 kilometers of ecological corridors, creating itself a shining "name card".

Many places in Zhengzhou have been built into beautiful green corridors, such as places along railways, two sides of transit trunk highways and gates of the city.

After restoration, the 96-kilometer Jialu River now has lucid water, green banks and good ecology. Hundreds of parks have been built in the city, such as the 1,785-mu Garden Expo Park, the 10,000-mu Longhu Eco-culture Park, the 3,200-mu Xianghu Ecological Wetland Park, the 2,800-mu Longzihu Botanic Park and the South-to-North Water Diversion Project Eco-culture Park, Nanhuan Park, Xiliuhu Park, Sculpture Park and other large comprehensive parks, as well as other newly-built parks, amusement parks and micro parks.

Over 60% of Zhengzhou's residential areas (units) have been built into garden-style residential areas (units), enabling more and more citizens to enjoy green space within the shortest distance.

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