City Interventions

Yangzhou Old City Renewal and Waterway Rehabilitation

Country: China
City: Yangzhou

Key Stakeholders and PartnersYangzhou Construction Bureau; Provincial Development and Reform Commission

Project Preparation Study PeriodSeptember 2008 – November 2009

CDIA SupportUS$ 218,270

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$ 447.6 million (National Government)

Infrastructure sectorsWater Supply
Flood/Drainage Management
Urban Renewal

CDIA priority impact areasEnvironmental Improvement; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Yangzhou is not only a scenic city with a beautiful landscape but also a city with a rich cultural heritage. Located in and around Yangzhou is the oldest canal in China, historical sites of the ancient city in the Tang and Song Dynasty and private gardens dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty. With numerous manmade gardens and beautiful natural sceneries, Yangzhou is rich in tourism resources that attract millions of visitors both from China and abroad that need to be protected and preserved.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA provided technical assistance to the city of Yangzhou to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of wetlands and construction of water treatment plant. Specifically, CDIA supported the following activities: (i) pre-feasibility study (PFS) on Urban Upgrading of the Old City center; (ii) PFS on the rehabilitation of the waterway and adjacent land in the urban center; and (iii) linkage of the PFSs with potential financiers.

Expected Development Outcomes

The urban upgrading project will contribute to the improvement of the living environment as a result of the rehabilitation of public infrastructure within the old city center. In particular, residents and visitors in the Shuangdong area will benefit from the well-paved walkways, clean public toilets, solid waste collection system, upgraded water supply lines and improved drainage system. Moreover, the project will contribute to the full rehabilitation of the wetland ecosystem in the vicinity of the Ancient Canal through reduction of discharge of untreated wastewater to the canal and reduction of solid pollutant loading along the canal banks. Eventually, the project will contribute to the improvement of the living environment not only of residents in the periphery of the wetland park but also of the entire city population.

Download: Final Report      


Key City informationLand Area: 6,634 sq. km.
Population: 4.5 million (2017)
City website: n/a

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