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China Is Building A “Forest City” Filled With One Million Plants

Taking the "going green" concept to incredible new heights.

Measures are being taken to combat China‘s air pollution to promote a greener, healthier place to live.

One amazing example is an upcoming “forest city”, which is exactly as it sounds: literally a city, that’s a forest. More than one million plans will be built around the city, comprised of more than 100 plant species and over 40,000 trees. Together, this volume will collectively absorb nearly 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, as well as plenty of pollutants, while creating around 900 tonnes of oxygen annually.

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Officially titled the “Liuzhou Forest City“, it will stretch for 175 hectares, will run entirely on renewable energy and is expected to include two schools, one hospital, recreational areas and more, with room for around 30,000 permanent residents. It’s the first time in the world that “an innovative urban settlement will combine the challenge for energy self-sufficiency and for the use of renewable energy with the challenge to increase biodiversity and to effectively reduce air pollution in urban areas,” according to the official website.

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The city is currently under construction in Liuzhou, in Guangxi Province, and is expected to be completed in 2020. The project has been designed by architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti, known for working on many green, environmentally-conscious projects across the globe – including Sydney’s own Central Park, with its vertical forest right in the heart of the city.

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(All images: Stefano Boeri Architetti)