Fengxian District, in the southern part of Shanghai, is launching a new type of mixed business park: the ‘agricultural art park’. The park, which is still under construction, is designed to cover 48 square kilometers of rural tourism, cultural amenities and corporate headquarters.
In this region, a major rice producing area, 150 farm and garden complexes will be established. Shanghai Daily reports that individuals can lease plots of land in the park, which they can cultivate themselves or invite local farmers to grow produce on their behalf. The report states that companies, particularly those in the cosmetics and health industries, are also encouraged to set up shop in the park.
The park will include museums, hotels, sports facilities and public kitchens for tourists to cook fresh produce harvested from its farmlands. It will also offer a home-stay service for tourists to experience the city’s countryside lifestyle.
While 20 companies have shown their interest in operating commercial facilities or basing themselves in the park, building an outlet shopping center and a cultural innovation exhibition center are first on project list of the developers.
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