Chinese return to the public benefit after the wave of massive urbanization - a case study of the Shenzhen Bay recreative seafront belt

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Shenzhen is located on the South of China; east of the Pearl River Delta; while bordering Hong Kong on its south. It is one of the fastest growing cities in China with a strong economic vitality. Started from a small fishing village in the 1970s, Shenzhen has become a mega city with a population of twenty million in 35 years. As a developing coastal city, Shenzhen had most definitely neglected its residents need of leisure. Especially recreational use of waterfront space. Shenzhen’s municipal government activated the relevant works of Shenzhen Bay leisure seafront in 2003. The project started west of the Nanhai Hotel, all the way east to the Mangrove Nature Reserve Area. It spans throughout the east coastline of Shenzhen Bay, with a total length of 15 km. The project objectives are specific in the followings: comprehend the importance of coastal natural resources of Shenzhen Bay, make full use of the shoreline. Construct a complete form of ecological system while improving the current ecological function basing on the Mangrove Nature Reserve Area; opens the closed seafront; returns the natural waterfront space to the public; uses international consultation as the standards to reshape the coastal characteristics; encourage public participation in the process of planning and design. Holding these objectives, 9 kilometers of coastline on the east side were completed in 2011. Upon its opening, the Shenzhen Bay leisure seafront belt had won the public praised and regional recognition the Shenzhen and Pearl Harbor Delta area almost immediately. It had then become the symbol of Shenzhen, as a modern coastal city. Summary: This leisure project demonstrated that urban space is not only a carrier economic development and construction. For a better life tomorrow, adhering to the people-oriented, nature-oriented, and positive concepts are needed. They are there to guide urban planning and construction activities in the city tomorrow
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