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Shenzhen - the Garden City at a glance (37 parks covering 3,175 hectares!!!!!)
(From http://www.sz.gov.cn/english/photo.htm )|
Shenzhen, a vigorous city only 20 years old, won the first prize of the Fourth International Garden City Contest in 2000, among large cities with populations over 1 million.
The contest, dubbed the "Green Oscar," is organized by the British-based International Federation of Park and Recreation Administration. The annual event aims to enhance environmental management, promote exemplary city planning and improve people's living conditions.
As its tradition, the contest inspects five environmental management aspects such as beautification of the landscape, heritage management, environment protection, community involvement and landscape planning. It divides the contestants into five groups according to their populations and awards them respectively.
Applications are open globally and the contest is expected to attract more than 40 cities and 200 representatives around the world. In the year 2000, 43 cities in 23 countries took part in the competition.
Shenzhen is the first Chinese city to earn such an honour, thanks to its strenuous efforts to build a picturesque city since its establishment.
It now takes a lead in afforestation construction in the country, boasting such accomplishments as per capita green belt areas of 14 square metres and 37 parks covering 3,175 hectares.
A batch of rules on city management will be revised to meet international standards and high technology will also be applied in areas like planning, plantation and supervision.