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Soon city's new cherry garden to blossom
By Ni Yinbin

CHERRY blossoms, which drew throngs of visitors to the city's Gucun Park in northern Baoshan District last two spring seasons, can be viewed in a new park in Songjiang in the western suburbs next month.

The first phase of what is going to be the city's new cherry garden is nearing completion and 6,000 cherry trees have been planted in 92,000 square meters on the side of Chenhua Road. The project was started on New Year's Day and some trees will bloom next month in the first phase of the area of 920 meters long and 1,000 meters wide, said the Shanghai Morning Post yesterday.

Shanghai Kaisheng Gardening Company said the cherry garden will eventually cover 450,000 square meters of land, about the size of three People's Squares, when the project is finished by the end of 2014.

Three more gardens will be built along the 3.2-kilometer road leading to the Chenshan Botanic Garden, each with flowering plants to represent each season: cherry for spring, pomegranate for summer, osmanthus for autumn and plum for winter, according to Gao Guoxiang, deputy director of the Songjiang management committee of Shanghai Sheshan National Tourist Resort. Bicycle and walking lanes will also be built in the gardens.

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