Huaihai Commercial Street in Shishan sub-district, Suzhou New District is reopened on Sept 27. [Photo provided to english.snd.gov.cn]
Huaihai Commercial Street in Shishan sub-district, Suzhou New District has taken on a brand new look after five months of renovation, local media reported.
At the reopening ceremony on Sept 27, the 550-meter-long street welcomed flocks of excited local residents and Japanese expats, who were eager to catch a glimpse of the newly-finished street.
Drainage was improved, the power supply was strengthened, 5G base stations were set up, the street was widened, and cars are no longer allowed to park on either side of the street, greatly increasing walkability.
The street mixes Chinese and Japanese cultural elements, with a 5-m-high mechanical crested ibis, a once endangered bird species which was repopulated through Sino-Japanese cooperation, standing at the center of the street.