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A Brief Introduction of JingAn Park

Address: No. 1649 West NanJing Road

 

  JingAn Park is located in No.1649 West NanJing Road, the opposite site of JingAn Temple. Southern part of the park is faced with Middle YanAn Road, and western part connects with HuaShan Road. The park covers 33.6 thousand square meters. During the 24th year of reign of GuangXu Emperor (1898 A.D.), the Administrative Bureau of public Concession established a public cemetery of JingAn Temple, also called by ordinary people as “foreign grave”. In 1953, the municipal government invested 180 thousand yuan to remodel the cemetery into a park., which was opened to the public on October the 3rd 1955. In the year of 1978, Shanghai Landscaping Office invested 220 thousand yuan to remove the southern church and cremation door and built up a tearoom.

  In October 1998, Shanghai JingAn District Administration decided to reconstruct JingAn Park seizing the good opportunity of the construction of Underground Line 2 on YanAn Road elevated road. The aim of the reconstruction is to build a public urban garden focusing on people, with the characteristics of landscaping and expression of history and culture. The park contains many functions such as entertainment, sports, recreation and touring, which was designed by a Japanese construction design office and constructed by Shanghai JingAn landscaping development Ltd. On September 25th 1999, it was opened to the public free after completion. During the year of 2000 and 2001, it won the titles of “double excellence park” in Shanghai landscaping system, Shanghai model park and Shanghai model communities and units.

  There are 32 one-hundred-aged chinars in the center of the JingAn Park. The northern entrance is the main gate, in front of which is the YinXing Square. The eastern part concentrates on the theme of history and culture, the main subject of which is the ancient “eight JingAn sights”. Here, in the JingAn Eight-sights Garden, traditional landscaping skills were technically applied to create the effect of deep and huge garden in the limited space. The southeastern part is a wavy lawn, while the western part takes the advantage of the fall caused by the high vault of JingAn Temple Station to build a large rockery and waterfall. Rare flowers and trees are planted along the hillside accompanied with a platform for sightseeing. The park wins the reputation of “urban mountain and forest” and becomes an ideal location for people in the city to enjoy natural scenery. JingAn Park strives to cultivate a variety of plants which total more than 300 species. The water plants in the ponds of the park attract tourists both home and abroad. Owing to the development of 40-plus years, JingAn Park has already become an elegant and magnificent urban oasis with unique charm in the downtown area.

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