The Detailed Planning Scheme for the Development of Shihu Lake Scenic Zone of Taihu Lake National Scenic Area (2017-2030), formulated by Suzhou Gardening and Greening Bureau, has recently been approved by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD).
It took Suzhou Gardening and Greening Bureau more than 4 years to complete the planning scheme, the preparation work of which began in early 2014. The bureau consulted the superior departments for guidance and asked local governments and relevant units for their opinions. Expert consultation meetings were convened to provide advices and recommendations on issues such as the survey of tourism resources, the layout of the scenic zone, and the utilization of construction land. And studies were conducted on difficult problems like the planning and design of the Qizishan Tunnel and the Shangfangshan Tunnel.
The approval of the planning scheme plays a positive role in guiding and improving standardized management and benign development of national scenic areas in the Taihu Lake region.
Five km east of the Taihu Lake, the Shihu Lake Scenic Zone, which covers a total area of 26.15 square kilometers, has 23 key scenic spots of 4 scenic groups: the Shihu Lake, Shangfang Hill, Wushan Hill and Qizi Hill. It boasts not only beautiful natural scenery but also some historic sites of Wu and Yue kingdoms over 2,000 years ago.
The Shihu Lake, connected with the Taihu Lake, has vast waters with captivating landscape. The Shangfang Hill, Wushan Hill and Qizi Hill are also picturesque and enchanting although they are not high and steep. Apart from viewing the fantastic scenery of green hills and blue waters, tourists can also visit the Yue City Remains and other historic sites to know more about the origin of the Wu-Yue Culture in the Taihu Lake region.
In accordance with the planning scheme and by making the most of its diverse tourism resources, the Shihu Lake Scenic Zone will be developed into an attractive tourist resort as well as a recreation park for local residents, so as to meet people’s need for ecological space and outdoor leisure space in a modern city.