Runners and walkers can look forward to a new route in downtown Shanghai soon, as the city looks to revamp Suzhou Creek with walkways spanning a marathon distance.
About 42 kilometers of paths are planned along the river, or around 21 kilometers on each side, and is expected to be ready by 2020, the city’s urban planning body announced on October 31 at a forum marking World Cities Day.
According to the Shanghai Planning, Land and Resources Administration, about 26 kilometers have been completed so far, and further works are being carried out to remove structures blocking the trail.
Museums, parks, and elements highlighting the area’s cultural and historical significance will also feature along the creek. Dragon boat and canoe races are being planned, and boat rides will restart after the service ended in 2012.
The renovation is part of Shanghai’s 2035 masterplan to transform its waterfront into something on par with the riverbanks of Paris or Chicago. Besides Suzhou Creek, the riverside in Xuhui District, also known as the West Bund, has been revamped with running paths and clusters of art museums.
Suzhou Creek is the biggest tributary of the Huangpu River, running for about 125 kilometers from Qingpu District to Waibaidu Bridge on the Bund.