Covered in greenery thanks to a sub-tropical climate, Fujian’s capital of Fuzhou is one of China’s greenest cities and is famous for its numerous banyan trees that line the streets. Fuzhou Forest Walkway brings nature closer to the city with an elevated path that covers the full breadth of Jinniushan mountain and offers beautiful views of the canopy, the city, and mountains beyond.
The architects described the project as “a signature urban connector network that provides public accessibility to indigenous hinterland stretching north- east of Minjiang. Fudao signifies an awakened consciousness to improve lives of city dwellers by bringing nature within closer reach.”
The walkway can be accessed via 10 different entrances, each with unique and eye-catching features such as the grand 24-meter-wide spiral ramp at the entrance of the existing Jinniushan indoor sports hall. Built with a gentle gradient, the elevated walkway is punctuated with amenities that include rest shelters, viewing decks, observation towers, and teahouses with bathrooms.
The structure is also equipped with WIFI connectivity, touch-screen information boards, and visitor traffic monitors, giving the project the potential to set a new bar for China’s eco-routes. Singapore-based firm LOOK architects has completed an elevated pedestrian walkway that weaves its way through a forested area of southeastern china.
The ‘Fuzhou forest walkway’, commonly known as ‘Fudao’, is a steel pedestrian route that covers about 19 kilometers (12 miles) along its winding path. Conceived as an urban connector, ‘Fudao’ links two bodies of water, while providing public access to the hills outside of Fuzhou’s city center. the walkway can be accessed via ten different entrances, which embed the network within the wider region.