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Tianfu Park: this is what China’s stunning green city looks like


Currently, a colossal park is being built on the outskirts of the city of Chengdu in China.

Its name is Tiangu Park and there visitors have the possibility of contemplating an artificial lake surrounded by grass.

This city is part of a project implemented by the Asian country to grow in a more sustainable way and provide a better lifestyle for its citizens.

The complex is almost the size of Central Park in New York, and is one of hundreds of ‘eco-cities’ that China is developing.

A resident of the area, surnamed Fan, who moved to the area in 2013, when it was still an abandoned suburb of Chengdu, gave his testimony to the agency ‘Bloomberg’: “The air here is really good and wherever you go it’s green. I don’t regret my decision at all, the value of my apartment has doubled“.

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I don’t regret my decision at all, the value of my apartment has doubled

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Zheng Siqi is the faculty director of the Sustainable Urbanization Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and told the same agency that “new cities are like experiments in which governments can easily test innovative ideas”.

The birth

In 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke of ‘eco-civilization’, which raises technological areas that take into account environmental costs, such as greenhouse gases. It is worth noting that China is one of the most polluting countries in the world.

According to the ‘BBC’, in 2007, China surpassed the United States and became the largest emitter of CO2 (carbon dioxide) on the planet. Currently, it has maintained that position, with more than 10,000 megatons of CO2 produced in 2018.

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Large-scale construction (primarily of urban infrastructure and residential housing) has become one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in the country.

In addition, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment reported that, approximately, 90% of China’s grasslands and 40% of its major wetlands are experiencing environmental degradation (loss of vigor and productive capacity).

The Tianfu project was approved in 2014 in order to reduce these problems.

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Positions for and against

Wu Changhua, a senior fellow at the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization Studies, told ‘Bloomberg’ that China’s policies show that there is a real will on the part of the government to restore the environment.

A deeper factor could be lush subsidies and the stimulus for economic growth

On the other hand, Deng Wu, associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, told the same agency that many of the projects classified as ‘green city’ developments do not employ sustainable strategies, such as energy-efficient buildings. efficient, smart traffic designs and renewable energy.

They equate ‘green’ to being comfortable, but these projects have nothing to do with being green and can even have the opposite effect.”Said the expert.

They equate ‘green’ to being comfortable, but these projects have nothing to do with being green and can even have the opposite effect.

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