Published: 14:59, June 14, 2024
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Postcards From A Picturesque Coast
By China Daily

Rizhao shoreline restored, transformed into vibrant greenway popular among tourists

People relax on the Sunshine Coast Greenway in Rizhao on Sept 2, 2022. (HUI XIDONG / FOR CHINA DAILY)

Editor's note: This year, the People's Republic of China will celebrate its 75th anniversary, marking a crucial year for achieving the goals and tasks outlined in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25). China Daily is publishing a visual series focusing on the high-quality development of various fields, capturing the process of Chinese-style modernization through photographic images. This week, we are highlighting a coastal greenway built in Rizhao, Shandong province.

The coastal city of Rizhao in Shandong province has prospered as a major port in East China.

In recent years, Rizhao has restored and improved its coastline, creating the 28-kilometer Sunshine Coast Greenway, while preserving its pine forests, sandy beaches, rocky shores and coastal wetlands.

The Sunshine Coast Greenway connects over 10 scenic spots, linking multiple coastal communities, and features viewing platforms and exercise trails. It has become a multifunctional strip of coastline attracting many residents and tourists for holidays and leisure activities.

However, just a few years ago, the area was barren saline-alkali land with aquaculture ponds that had lost their ecological functions. It was a place to be avoided.

Following the principle of "Relying on the original appearance and on-site design", the construction of the greenway did not disturb a single pine tree, rock formation or sandy beach, according to the local government.

Now, experiencing the restored greenway, one feels like they are strolling through a painting. It has become a popular destination for couples taking wedding photos and for tourists to capture memorable moments.

Tourists take a group photo on a beach with the backdrop of the Yellow Sea in Rizhao, Shandong province on May 31, 2024. (LI DAWEI / FOR CHINA DAILY)
Kids paddle at a beach at the Wanpingkou scenic area in Rizhao on Aug 1, 2021. (HUI XIDONG / FOR CHINA DAILY)
Two children pose with the Monkey King on a beach in Rizhao on July 20, 2021. (YU FANGPING / FOR CHINA DAILY)
Residents collect clams on the coast of Rizhao on Oct 16, 2023 (QIAO XIAOQIAO / FOR CHINA DAILY)
A woman plays with a child at the Wanpingkou scenic area on July 8, 2021. (GUO XULEI / FOR CHINA DAILY)
A couple embraces while taking pictures on the Sunshine Coast Greenway on April 27, 2023. (LI ZHENPING / FOR CHINA DAILY)
People ride bicycles along an elevated section of the greenway on Aug 22, 2022. (LI YUTAO / FOR CHINA DAILY)