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Chongming Island Master Plan

Long considered Shanghai’s “rice bowl” due to its fertile land and agricultural production, Chongming Island is one of the largest alluvial islands in the world. Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the 1,940-square-kilometer island is home to more than 600,000 people and operates as one of Shanghai’s five municipal districts.

SOM’s master plan repositions Chongming as a “green island,” focusing on promoting agricultural output and preserving natural wetlands that serve Asia’s primary avian flyways. In addition, the scheme embraces Shanghai’s rapid growth by developing eight new cities, for nearly one million residents, that cover just 15 percent of the island. Each community will consist of walkable and accessible districts, with rail connections to city centers. The plan also creates new recreational and ecological conservation areas.

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