TIANJIN, June 24 (People’s Daily Online) -- Green buildings, green energy-fueled transportation, recycling water system… everything is about ecological and green life in Tianjin Eco-city, which is a real-life sustainable community in China. But to be the leader in the eco-development, more services have been introduced to make the Tianjin Eco-city more appealing to work and live.
The Third Community Center, following the example of Singapore’s neighborhood center, is part of its social development program. Built in the residential areas it provides the residents nearby with a range of convenient services and facilities such as job hunting, legal services, social security service, gym center, chess room, children’s playground, studying area, library, dining room, room for painting and calligraphy, daily rest room, as well as groceries, restaurants and healthcare.
Head of the community center Dong Yingxin said, “The community center offers one-stop service to 30,000 residents living within 500 meters. The residents can walk to the community center in 15 minutes, and every one can enjoy most services for free.”
Their slogan is participation, contribution, sharing and mutual help. “Elders play ping-pong, mahjong, or other chess here, or they can draw painting or write calligraphy and some of them have set up their own hobby team,” Dong said. “Kids can play in the playground, and students can join their learning group during summer or winter holiday. We don’t provide digital or electrical devices to them, but we provide them with traditional Chinese puzzles instead of iPad or other tablet PCs to make sure they are away from computer games that are not healthy for them. ”
Now the Eco-city is home to more than 10,000 residents, and the goal is to have 350,000 residents and to build 10 community centers by 2020 when the project is completed.
Tianjin Eco-City is a joint venture between Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment and Development Co., Ltd. (SSTEC), and the Chinese and Singaporean governments. Its vision is to be a thriving city which is socially harmonious, environmentally-friendly and resource-efficient.