Since 2012, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu has been promoting urban greening, with the goal of planting a million trees in ten years. In the past five years, 600,000 trees have been planted across Kaohsiung, which puts the city ahead of schedule, and on course to achieving its target of planting a million trees four years early. The plan includes for 10,000 trees planted in Siaogang District before June next year, in a move expected to improve the air quality in its industrial areas.
By the end of this month, Linhai industrial Park will plant 330 crape myrtles, rosy trumpet trees and golden trumpet trees along Maoda Street and elsewhere, while China Steel Corp will plant more trees, including 375 flamboyant trees, 25 rosy trumpet trees and 2,000 camphor trees and jungle flames.
According to Legislator Lai Jui-lung, the first year of the project will concentrate on the surrounding area of the industrial park and the main roads. During the blooming season, the trees lining those streets are expected to give the city a completely new look, Lai says.
Photo: Huang Hsu-lei, Liberty Times
In addition, Shaokang Yingcyu Park and Siaogang Gueiling Yangsheng Park — expected to be the “lung of southern Kaohsiung” once completed — will open in June and September next year, respectively.
(Liberty Times, translated by Tu Yu-an)
1. urban greening n. phr. 都市綠化
(du1 shi4 lu4 hua4)
2. flamboyant tree n. phr. 鳳凰樹
(feng4 huang2 shu4)
3. camphor tree n. phr. 樟樹
4. main road n. phr. 主要幹道
(zhu3 yao4 gan4 dao4)
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