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Sunland Park under construction in Waigaoqiao

SHANGHAI residents will soon have a new place for outing when the Sunland Ecological Park in Pudong's Waigaoqiao area is completed next year, officials said yesterday. Construction of the 3.35-square-kilometer park, about 2.4 times the size of the Century Park, began yesterday. The new park will have no boundary walls and will consist of a big lake, a peony garden and a sports park. It is part of the Sunland Eco-Community Project that also includes shopping malls and an international community to cater to the needs of about 210,000 workers and 7,000 firms in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone. Greenery and water area will cover 70 percent of the eco-community, said Lu Qin, deputy director of administration at the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Co Ltd. All the green space will open to the public for free except for some private sports clubs, he added. The sports park will have a golf course, a rugby ground, a track and field, and a cycling trail around the lake. People can play sports or watch international games in the park, Lu said. The peony garden with flowers from Luoyang, Henan Province will be ready for visitors by the end of this year. Luoyang is famous for its peonies which represent elegance and happiness. The Gaonanhe Lake, the largest manmade lake within the Outer Ring Road will be completed next year. People can go boating on the lake or take a walk in the woods on the shore, Lu said.

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