In 2017, the government stated that it highlighted Yangzhou's ecological livable features and made obvious changes in urban and rural landscapes.
Yangzhou improved its functional layout, built up easily accessible transport network, and further enhanced inter-city connections with surrounding cities, with the operation of a series of infrastructures, such as the extension project of Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport, the Yangtze River Bridge, and the high-speed railway of Lianyungang, Huaian, Yangzhou and Zhenjiang.
With coordinated planning on urban and rural areas, the countryside environment of Yangzhou changed significantly, with Touqiao town taking a provincial characteristic town title, Hangji town winning national recognition, Fangxiang town being praised as China's most beautiful fishing village, and Zaolinwan tourist villa being renowned for its integration of sports, ecological and recreational features.
Yangzhou has newly rebuilt 50 bridges and 180 kilometers of roads in rural areas; the bus coverage rate in rural areas has also reached 84 percent. It has also finished dredging 7.4 million and 9.7 million square meters of rivers and lakes in counties and villages, respectively.
The city's endeavors to build an ecological civilized society were also rewarding, as the city has shut down numerous high-pollution companies, planted 5.7 million new trees, added 1.9 million square meters of green building space, and enhanced the local air quality with the annual average concentration of PM 2.5 decreasing by 22.9 percent compared to the year of 2013.
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