Qingdao steps up efforts to improve infrastructure, environment
Qingdao, a port city in east China's Shandong Province, is investing 150 billion yuan (about 22.3 U.S. dollars) this year to upgrade infrastructure and enhance the city’s natural and cultural environment to make the city a more attractive place for its residents.
A multistorey parking garage is under construction near a primary school, while the pupils are on summer vacation, which will help satisfy the parking demands of nearby residents as well as for parents picking up their children.
"This road in front of the school often sees traffic jams. When it rains or snows, the traffic delay will last longer. What's more important, it's not safe. Now the parking garage make it much more convenient for parents like us to pick up children," said Lin Yanzhen, parent of a student.
Qingdao will build 60 public parking lots with 40,000 spaces this year to solve the difficulties in parking especially in the old town and areas around hospitals and schools.
The city is also undertaking significant work to increase the number of parks preserve historic buildings and develop cultural and creative industries to revive the old town.
"[This place] used to be very dirty, messy and shabby. After being rebuilt, the environment becomes so beautiful and the atmosphere of 'old Qingdao' remains," said Zhao Yang, a resident.
A total of 1,225 renovation and construction projects are scheduled to be launched in Qingdao this year.