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Hefei, when it was made a city, covered only 5 square kilometers and had a population of 50 thousand.

 

In 1983, Hefei Municipal Government launched an unprecedentedly grand city-building program, thus lifting the curtain on the reconstruction of the downtown area. The approach to the urban construction, based on the idea of unified planning, rational layout, comprehensive development with adequate public facilities, has served as a very successful example in the regard of downtown reconstruction nationwide.

 

 

At the beginning of 1995, Anhui Provincial Party Committee and Anhui Provincial Government jointly made a strategic decision to build up Hefei City into a big modern city in the shortest time. Following that, a series of policies and measures were worked out and both construction and development accelerated constantly. Only a few years later, the framework of a modern city took shape. The functions of the city have been improved further and the influence and attraction enhanced greatly.

 

Important projects were launched and completed like the completion of the 16.8km-long 1st ring road and the 42 km-long 2nd ring road, the erection of Wulidun, Meitun and Jintunwu overpasses, the broadening pavement of arterial roads/streets like Changjiang Road, Meiling Boulevard, Huangshan Road, Jinzhai Road, Fuyang Road, Mengcheng Road, Hezuohua Road, Yuxi Road and Hepai Road etc. Hefei urban traffic has thus been patterned with 2 ring roads around the city, roads leading to 7 different directions, featuring a chessboard network.

 

The completion of the new railway station, and the extension of Hefei Airport and the alignment of Nanfei River for a better shipping lane have greatly facilitated the transportation of the city. The flood-control project on Erlihe River has been completed on the whole. With the existing flood-control works, Hefei City is able to withstand any disastrous flood that might happen every 20 years.

 

Wangxiaoying Sewage Treatment Plant, with a treatment capacity of 150 thousand-ton per day, has been completed and the 2nd phase is progressing successfully. The daily water supply capacity of the city is up to 850 thousand tons with a high quality water supply up to 100 percent.

 

The installed power-generating capacity has reached 325 megawatts at Hefei Power Plant. Hefei No.2 Power Plant with an installed power-generating capacity of 1,200 Megawatts is under construction. The gas supply capacity of the city is 278 thousand cubic meters per day and the actual supply now is 200 thousand at most. The population of gas users is 69 percent of the total.

 

The installed capacity of the program-controlled telephone switching system has exceeded 500 thousand. All the fixed-line telephones are program-controlled in the 3 counties directly under the city.

 

Over 50 new residential quarters like Huposhanzhuang (Amber Villa Residential Quarters) have been built up. The afforestation coverage in the city has reached 32 percent with an average of 7.7 square meters green area per capita. Hefei has become a garden-like city, featuring a perfect and harmonious integration of gardens with the city proper.

 

The Construction of the Ring Park started in 1984. This open park is of loop shape around the old urban area with a total length of 8.7 kilometers, covering a total area of 137.6 hectares. In 1992, Hefei was named one of the first three national garden cities. The other two were Beijing and Zhuhai.