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Plenty of breathing spaces for Shanghai World Expo visitors

2010. 20 January

by Channel NewsAsia's Shanghai Correspondent Glenda Chong
( The upcoming Shanghai World Expo will not be just about the latest green technologies. There will also be plenty of breathing spaces for visitors to take a break.

Occupying about 10 per cent of the entire Expo area, large parks will offer visitors a place to relax inside the exhibition arena. They will also cool temperatures in the vicinity during summer.

Yu Zhi Yuan, design director, NITA Design Group said: "The cross-ventilation between the city and the river form a good channel effect, so it lowers temperatures and improves the ventilation.

"Eco water purification system uses ecological methods and no chemicals. It takes water from the Huangpu River and filters it, providing about 2400 cubic metres of water for landscaping use."

Four parks flank both sides of the Huangpu River. Three are located in Pudong, with one in Puxi. And each park has a distinct flavour.

Bailiangjing Park has a flood prevention wall protecting the whole site.

The Expo Garden - the largest of all the parks and located in the middle - is shaped like a Chinese folding fan and paints an almost ink-like landscape. It will be a garden of art installations and sculptures.

Two large cranes which used to bring newly built ships to the river together with waste materials from the Expo are on display here.

Houtan Park has a wetland located inside the garden, while Jiangnan Park used to be a shipyard.

Mr Yu said: "We want to highlight the idea here that Jiangnan ship factory stands for Made in China while the expo, which showcases modern technologies, culture and history from different nations, we now call it Created in China."

Designers took creative license when planning the gardens in order to show off China's latest green movement.

Mr Yu added: "We used biological technology, for example, by using certain trees which can absorb dusts and also help reduce noise. We have water absorbing ground that can soak in rain water which is good for the micro environment.

"We used many environmentally friendly materials. For example, we used synthetic and recycled materials to build the parks to adhere to the 'science expo, green expo' ideas."

Organisers said the parks will be retained after the expo and become public gardens.