Dongping National Forest Park


Dongping National Forest Park

Dongping National Forest Park (simplified Chinese: 东平国家森林公园; traditional Chinese: 東平國家森林公園; pinyin: Dōngpíng Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán) is a forest located on the north side of Chongming Island in Shanghai, China.

The park is 12 kilometers from Nanmen Port (the county town), which is connected to Jianshe on the southern side and neighboring Dongfeng Farm on the western and northern sides. Being 1,700 meters long from east to west and 1,400-2,800 meters wide from south to north and covering an area of 3.55 km² (358 hectares), it is the largest man-planted forest in Eastern China and is also the biggest forest park in Shanghai.

History

Dongping National Forest Park grew out of Dongping Forest Farm which was enclosed and founded in 1959. Since it was formally openned to the public since June 1989, it has attracted thousands of tourists every year. Top Chinese central leaders such as Jiang Zemin, Zhu Rongji, Yao Yilin and Chen Muhua have visited the park. Because of the continuous improvement in its scale and facilities, it was named Dongping National Forest Park by the Ministry of Chinese Forest Industry in June 1993 and was evaluated to be one of the ten new resorts in Shanghai in the beginning of 1997.



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