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Hualong Yellow River Slow Traffic Landscape Design

Hualong locates in the upper stream of Yellow River, where is famous for good water quality and mountainous landscape along the riverfront. Hualong Tourist Route is a slow traffic system along the Yellow River which is mainly combined with bike path, walking trails and other ancillary facilities. The slow traffic system can not only greatly improves the accessibility and connectivity of the riverfront area, but also serves as a platform to present the magnificent of Yellow River, rural landscape, natural and cultural attractions along the route. The system enhances the attractiveness of Hualong as a tourist destination and promote Qunke as “ Upstream Yellow River Pearl Tourism Belt” to become an important development node.


The development of this Metropolitan Park is an initiative of the Rotterdam-Dordrecht region and the state. In an interactive process with all surrounding municipalities and the most important stakeholders and decision makers, the future development potential was investigated. The main goal of the park is to improve the spatial quality, livability and economic potential of the surrounding cities. Our vision focuses on the elaboration of a framework as a basis for flexible future development. The landscape framework realizes a solid improvement of the spatial quality of the landscape, improves the general accessibility to recreation of the area, and fortifies the local identities. Within this framework, six models have been developed, each with a different focus. Further investigation was based on the ‘nature park’ and ‘water park’ models.


Anshun Xixiu District Xingjiang River Upstream Water Environment Management

Xingjiang River is the first level branch of Wujiang River. It is the ‘mother river’ of Anshun. The upper stream has attractive Karst landscape. Here is also the home of Minorities who has special type of building, named Tunpu. However, the river environment are polluted and chanalized. The quality of ecology and flooding safety problem influence the local society and economy which need to be improved urgently.
The goal of this project is to comprehensively enhance the safety level for flood control and river ecology of upstream tributaries of Xingjiang River. At the same time, stimulating the added value of the area is another goal. The plan drops the commonly used traditional single solution off: no building hard dykes only for flood control; no proposing development restriction policies only for ecology recovery; no relying on the water purification factory. Instead, we are going to create a multi-level planning strategy by using eco-friendly method on improving the follow aspects: improving flood carrying capacity of the river; improving flood storage capacity of river and river control areas; enhancing the self-purification capacity of the water bodies. Meanwhile by designing with professional landscape knowledge we can achieve the improvement of environmental quality. The specific strategies also include returning land to the river, building ecol-gully, eco-green land construction etc.

Qunke Landscape Belt Greenary

Hualong County was selected as one of the 127 featured towns of China in the first batch selection because of its unique Lamen culture. Besides this, its long history of farming, the magnificent natural landscape of the Yellow River, comfortable climate and abundant folk culture are all the supporting potential of tourism economy development.

The center of  Qunke New District where the project located will be the showcase of the above mentioned characters. It will be the landmark of Qunke, the landscape business card for the county and the stage for the local culture history.

The spatial design of the project tries to meet the multiple function requirements for both festivals and daily use instead of traditional monotonous axis layout. By using rising wedge shaped space to realize the transition from lively atmosphere to daily use stage and to achieve the spatial balance between the square and the green land. The function design also reflects on the functions of the surrounded area to meet the multiple usage requirements.

Ledu Chaoyang Mountain Park

Chaoyang Mountain in Ledu district of Haidong, is famous for its outstanding Danxia land form. Since Haidong municipality would be relocated in Ledu district, Chaoyang Mountain area would be developed as a comprehensive mountain park, highlight with its Daxia land form and forestry value.

The Design emphasizes eco-recovery. Site conditions, including soil, water, climate, are used to inform dynamic local plants groups. The Project helps HaiDong establish its identity as a “green mountain, green valley and green city”. Along with the improvement to the accessibility, connectivity, landscape quality, and ecological value, the park serves as an important frontier for the entire mountain park. The Project provides resources for education, recreation, leisure and outdoor exploration, it will showcase LeDu’s natural resources and cultural identity.



In relation to the ongoing climactic changes, the Netherlands is facing a potential flooding crisis. To stay ahead of this crisis, our rivers need more ‘room to expand’. At the town of Lent, this has resulted in a gully next to the river Waal. The morphological changes also create an island between the river and the gully. NL Urban Solutions, in cooperation with the British firm Baca Architects, has made a landscape design for this island. The island itself will be used as a recreational retreat, and the dike on the Lent bank will be shaped to visualize the different water levels in the gully.



This project is part of the national program ‘Room for the River’ that secures the future of the Dutch rivers and helps to deal with flood risks. For this particular project, NLUS designed three options for the development of the river banks. The starting point was to make sure the capacity of the river was increased, resulting in a ‘preferred’ design of a small gully in the bottleneck of the river, creating a small island which could house a recreational facility, a beach and a marina.
In addition, new natural qualities can be introduced along the new, lowered river banks. Additional housing projects have been investigated to increase the total quality of the area.


‘Room for River’, the national level program, combines the goal of increasing water safety from river flooding with the improvement ofthe spatial and ecological quality along the rivers. NL Urban Solutions was asked to create a general Spatial Quality Framework that can provide a basis for the decision making, the feasibility study, the project design and the quality framework for the riverside landscape plans. As example of one of the 31 Space for the river projects in our country, two new gullies will be developed along the Ijssel river in Deventer. One of these added gullies is planned through the culturally and historically valuable floodplain park Worp, one of the oldest parks in our country. The planning study aimed to investigate the opportunities to connect the water safety issue with respect to the preservation and renovation of the cultural historic qualities of the park and what other spatial qualities could be added. The plan concept for the newly landscaped floodplains in Deventer, the floodplain park, is a symbiosis of the existing park and the new river landscape.



Xinachuan river ecological comprehensive management project

The Xinachuan River Park in Duoba, Qinghai, China is a comprehensive urban river management project. The project integrates ecological flooding defense and urban landscape improvements. With an area of 54ha and a 2km-long river of running through the new town center, the project balances flood control, river ecology and spatial quality. The project provides an active public riverfront to define Duoba’s new townscape and also forms a systematic landscape structure with Huangshui River.

Qunke Yellow River Park Landscape Design

The Project is located in Qunke new district, with Yellow River running past the south side. The total design area is 17.2ha, and initial design for the key ‘Central Valley’ is 7.3 ha. The Design respects the existing site features and reflects the local culture. By emphasizing the fluid shape of the ground, the design provides landscape diversity. The Project will showcase the unique quality of the local identity by providing a venue for events involving the local culture and handcrafts. By creating dynamic outdoor environment and recreational programs, The Project also creates an attractive tourism brand for the QunKe district. Based on the characteristics of the site, there are three distinct valleys; ‘Harvesting valley’, ‘Central valley’ and ‘Recreational valley’. A continuous riverfront boulevard with splendid views links the valleys together.

Qunke Welcome Square is a core feature of Qunke riverfront landscape.

The design reflects the region’s land typologies of plateau, terrace, valley, slope and the Yellow River waterfront. The Plan locates public space and facilities with respect to the original topography and earth balance. The design also integrates with local cultural elements such as the Hui minority folks, Hualong Lamian industry and Yellow River culture. The design highlights include the Hualong water square, Yellow River square, almond tree square, and a waterfront playground.