Experience the Harmony of Liyun River Park

Tramcar in Huai’an

The delicate jingle-jangle sounds of small bells ringing in the air harkens back to the days of a Shanghai Bund depicted in television historical dramas. But as your eyes open, you discover it’s not the past you’ve been standing in, but rather a present-day Huai’an in the middle of what is arguably the city’s finest outdoor setting, the Liyun River Park.

Beside the park, visitors can ride in a tramcar that runs alongside the Liyun River (its Chinese name “里运河” means “Inner Great Canal” literally), a sight similar to Shanghai’s Huangpu River.

Trestle along Liyun River

The Liyun River Park was established in 2012 and is a narrow stretch of land that runs into the river. One has to remind themselves that they’re actually in a park.

There’s a sculpture on display and a small plaza complete with a lawn ideal for small children who enjoy running on grass. Wooden benches and pavilions are available for those who have food and desire a place to enjoy a meal with friends and family. Maidenhair trees, willows, and a wooden trestle run along the riverbank’s edge. Read more

Living in the throes of development

“These are the throes of a developing city,” read a message on a local online forum. Many citizens of Huai’an are having a hard time sleeping at night with the sounds of jackhammers and cranes running in the background. If modernization has a sound, then this is it.

In July, massive construction projects began inside the city’s Economic Development Zone (EDZ). Prior to this the sites under development had been deserted for years.

Supposedly, the development is meant to ease pressure on the local housing market. Last year many older homes in Huai’an were demolished. And although the people who lost their homes were financially compensated, they were still without a place to live. Without much to choose from, many of them turned to the EDZ to buy a new home, with their new money.

Huai’an Ecological New City

The EDZ is a relatively new district. It sits close to the Ecological New City, an area where the new municipal government building and other so-called modern architectural wonders sit.

The migration of the municipal government brought superior medical and educational resources, and in turn, increased housing prices. Read more