Suzhou Creek cleaning is making significant progress in improving the water quality and ecology as well as brightening the landscape to attract investment.
The 22-year cleaning history has been put on display in an exhibition showcasing Shanghai's reform and opening-up in the past 40 years.
As the river belt witnessed the rising of Shanghai's heavy industry, it was also the first to suffer from the environmental cost.
Serious pollution filled with industrial and household waste and the pungent smell triggered the campaign to treat the river starting from 1996.
Generally the process included four stages, scientific assessment and experimenting, eliminating the pollutant and the smell, stabilizing the water quality and restoring the ecological system.
Major effects are turning out since 2012 as the water began to turn clear and fish came back to where they weren't seen for almost three decades.
Meanwhile, a 23-kilometer greening corridor and a 650,000-square-meter green land have also been built to decorate the river banks. Waterfront platforms gives residents a closer view to the now clear creek.
Mengqing Museum, an exhibition center for Suzhou Creek, opens to the public displaying historical materials and promote river protection and treatment.
By the year 2020, the creek is set to eradicate the V-type of polluted water in the main stream and opens its overall 42-kilometer of green public space.