Taopu Greenbelt, the largest green land in the urban area of Shanghai, has recently completed its first phase after over one year of construction and opened for trial operation.
The sector on the northern bank of the Xinkai River covers an area of 145,000 square meters and will be managed like a park that receives visitors from 9am to 4pm.
It has an area of natural woods that is dotted with flower beds and lawns.
The overall greenbelt takes up about 1 million square meters, with its second phase already under construction and the third phase to be concluded in 2019.
Inspired by the Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London, the greenbelt has paid special attention to its scale and the visiting experience of residents. It has also integrated some traditional Chinese elements like calligraphy and Tai-chi.