Xi’an gets flower power

World March 20, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

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Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China and considered an imperial city during the Sui and Tang dynasties 1,300 years ago, has launched a “Flower City” project, which will feature flower-lined streets, gardens and paths, as well as floral galleries and fields.



With a total of 15,220 kilometres of greenways planned, the project will add gardens that cover more than six million square metres and greenways of more than 500 kilometres with 50 flower-lined streets. Major construction projects include six theme parks, two heritage parks and tens of street gardens by the end of 2019.

According to Li Pingwei, director of the Xi'an Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau, the projects aims not only to shape a green city through significantly improving the coverage of flowers and plants, but also to reproduce the charm of flower appreciation in ancient times, allowing tourists and citizens to enjoy year-round blossoms.

“This is a key project for Xi’an in 2019 and we look forward to delivering it through infrastructure and decoration projects. Xi'an was the starting point of the famous Silk Road. Centuries ago, it was one of the largest cities in the world. Thousands of international traders and merchants gathered in this land of fortune. We would like to recreate the eco-system of that day for guests from all around the world so that they can find a combination of history and modern elements here,” Li said.

Centred in the ancient city area and expanded to the new town, the project will cover both functional and leisure areas from highways and roads around hotels to parks and local communities, framing an open and diverse city with multiple eco-systems. Through this project, Xi’an will be transferred into a colourful city where avenues, parks and paths are designed based on plant colour, smell, size and season and are differentiated on a regional basis, forming distinctive landscapes.

In addition, green industries will be involved along with public engagement, including the introduction of a flower industry to the city.

The capital of China’s western Shaanxi province, Xi'an is an international tourist destination boasting such world-renowned attractions as the Terracotta Warriors and Horses and its ancient City Wall. The city, dubbed “China's outdoor museum”, was the starting point of the Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes established during China's Han Dynasty that linked the East and the West in commerce.