World's Most Beautiful City Parks
Shanghai Houtan Park, Shanghai
A mile of former industrial land along the Huangpu River was transformed for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo into a series of terraces and meadows. Not only did they beautify the area, with benches and walkways urging people to linger, but they were also designed to filter the water of the river so that it can sustain life. The narrow waterfront location went from having water that was too polluted to come into contact with to a living ecosystem and award-winning park.