World-class Urban Greenway Slows Pace of Life in Central China's Wuhan
The water quality of the lake has been through its good and bad days. The Institute of Hydrobiology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been monitoring its water quality since 1956. According to the records, the lake used to be a heaven for aquatic plants and fish in the 1960s and 70s. However, with sharp increase in waste water and sewage in the 80s, the lake water was rated poor quality by the end of last century. The city government has since made the efforts to clean the lake. In June, the whole lake has been deemed as suitable for swimming, some part even for direct drinking. Zhang Xiaolin, a senior engineer from the institute, said, "The water quality of the East Lake has reached the best level in the past 40 years. The pollution treatment measures of the lake have reference significance for the whole city, and even other parts of the country."
In the meantime, the city government proposed to develop an urban ecology based on the East Lake with an encircling greenway as the key.
According to Wuhan East Lake Eco-Tourism Scenic Area Management Committee,
Wuhan Real Estate Group said the ecological revetment of the lake has been preserved to the utmost extent during the construction. About 20 km of the original plants of the 54-km-long lake bank were kept.
"We've made great efforts to keep the original ecology of the East Lake," said Shang Yangang with the real estate group.
In addition to the original trees, another 29,500 trees have been selected and planted along the
Art works are also an integral part of the facility. An international public art park by the lake has become the city's largest sculpture display area. Graffiti, three-dimensional street paintings and wall paintings also add color to the Greenway.
The second phase of the Greenway, accounting for over two thirds of the total length, was completed on schedule thanks to the efficiency and execution of the local government in design, relocation of
The East Lake Greenway, which took just two years to be completed, highlights the idea of urban eco-development, which puts ecology on the same footing as economic development.