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Wenzhou’s Two Streets Selected as Provincial Pilot QPS
【Fonts: Large Medium Small 【Source: Wenzhou·China 【Date: 2020.03.16】

Wuma-Chanjie Street in Lucheng District and Zhongyi Street in Ruian City (county-level), both exclusive for pedestrians in Wenzhou, were inscribed on the list of Zhejiang provincial pilot and fostered quality pedestrian streets (QPS). The list was released by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Commercial Affairs on its official Wechat on March 9.

It is reported that led by the Department of Commercial Affairs, 10 provincial departments are committed to the construction of QPS across the province. The unveiling of the list signals the pilot work to be launched in an all-round way. Through review by relevant experts and departments based on previous applications filed by each city’s government, it was decided to include 13 streets in the list as pilot zones, and 8 as fostered ones.

Wuma-Chanjie Street, a famous historical and cultural block in Wenzhou, now is a pedestrian street familiar to Wenzhou citizens. At present, the street is lined on both sides with 196 stores, including more than 30 famous brand ones, such as Nike (flagship store), Starbucks and Pizza Hut, with an annual passenger flow of more than 13 million person-times.

Zhongyi Street is a featured block built with great efforts. It is a zone with a profound background of Rui’an’s culture and history, where are distributed over 10 cultural relics and historical buildings under cultural protection, such as Yuhai Ancient Library, and the houses of Lin Qingyun and Chen Baoshan (ancient philanthropists in education and medicine respectively) . After facade renovation, the old buildings in the Zhongyi Pedestrian Street resumed their architectural style of the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China. In addition, the street has become a commercial center and people flow distribution center. Quite a few of residents and tourists are attracted to stroll and take photos there.

"Advancing the transformation and upgrading of pedestrian streets is an effective way to expand the supply of quality consumer goods and domestic market, and an innovative platform to promote commercial intensification and quality development. Upgraded pedestrian streets are important windows to showcase city images and to promote the all-round opening up," said a source in charge of the Provincial Department of Commercial Affairs. He added that next, in cooperation with relevant departments, the Department will focus its work on building a comprehensive information management platform for pedestrian streets, establishing a pedestrian street service alliance, holding a training course and symposium on pedestrian street construction, and releasing a white paper on the quality pedestrian streets in Zhejiang Province.

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