December 7 is the 21st solar term of the 24 solar terms in China – “heavy snow”. “Heavy snow” marks the official start of the mid-winter season, and the temperature becomes colder. At the same time, the colorful forests in Chongqing have also entered the best viewing period. The colorful plants sweep away the cold gray tone and give the citizens a colorful winter.
The “ribbon” of mountain city dance looks better today
“In the past, people went up the mountain like a market at the weekend.” Chen Delian, a resident who has lived in Tieshanping Street in Jiangbei District for more than 50 years, is the witness of the local landscape change. The mountain is still the same mountain, but in recent years, some color-leaved plants such as crape myrtle, cherry blossom, magnolia, and American red maple have been planted to decorate it. It seems that there are “ribbons” in the mountains of Tieshanping, and it has become one of the colorful forests that can be seen from afar in the central urban area.
“Like the scenery in the movie, the first step to view the color forest is to use the ‘panoramic lens’. The color leaf plants are in groups and have a scale, and it seems to have momentum.” Liao Congquan, director of the Greening Management Department of the Municipal Urban Administration, said that since this year, Chongqing has promoted the forest transformation work to increase the richness and appreciation of plants, while paying special attention to maintaining the stability of the original plant community.
“In the original Nanshan Botanical Garden, there are many masson pine forests with a single forest form, which is not only easy to cause pine wood nematode damage, but also lack of seasonal changes, which is not beautiful.” Liao Congquan said, for example, the Nanshan Botanical Garden has newly planted tulip, American red maple, Chinese tallow, maple and other broad-leaved trees with good visual effects in the field of vision of tourists, which has improved the stability and landscape effect of the plant community, It becomes another landscape where citizens can climb up and overlook.
Color balance and harmony, skillfully use visual contrast
Along the axis of the Central Park in Yubei District, rows of golden ginkgo trees stand among them. The mottled shadow of the tree and the gingko leaves fluttering in the wind are like strings of golden wind bells hanging all over the tree tops. On one side is the endless green lawn, with obvious color difference between visual conversion.
In Jinhaiwan Park of Liangjiang New Area, on one side of the road is a tall French wutong tree, and on the other side is a relatively low evergreen small leaved banyan tree, with a strong sense of contrast in terms of color and volume.
“Looking at the urban landscape from the middle shot, the differences in the color and spatial structure of the color forest will form different visual effects, and the balance will be more harmonious, but the contrast will bring visual impact.” Liao Congquan said that in the balance and harmony, strong contrast techniques are used to make the urban landscape more visual impact.
Although contrast is beautiful, it is not available everywhere. In the vicinity of the city’s inner ring road, railway and other transportation lines, Cailin pays more attention to the overall visual presentation. “There are more local plants on both sides of the road, and the color should be unified and balanced as far as possible, and higher trees should not be planted.” Liao Cong said that the landscape on both sides of the road can relax the driver’s body and mind without affecting the safety of driving, so the strong contrast color should not be allowed to disturb the owner.
Comb the space under the forest for summer shading and winter lighting
Children’s play, leisure and fitness, sightseeing and green… Fenglin Pocket Park, located in Tongyuanju Street, Nan’an District, is very popular. What many citizens didn’t expect was that it was once a wasteland with weeds and it was difficult for pedestrians to enter.
“When the camera zooms in, there are still many flaws in the urban landscape, especially in the undergrowth space of the colored forest, which is’ disorderly ‘and’ airtight ‘, and has a strong sense of fragmentation.” Liao Congquan said that Chongqing has renovated the “undergrowth space” since this year, and at present many undergrowth spaces have achieved summer shading and winter lighting.
In terms of plant design, Fenglin Pocket Park combines the site function and lighting conditions, and adopts the method of “sparse forest, light transmission and micro facelift” to expand the sight.
“If we look at the urban color forest at a ‘macro’, we will find that the color saturation of color-leaf plants in Chongqing this year is higher, and the color forest looks particularly beautiful.” Liao Congquan said that this summer Chongqing experienced extreme high temperature weather, and some plants were burned, withered, and died. Since September, the Municipal Urban Administration has organized to clean up the damaged green space and quickly carried out replanting.
“This has formed a very interesting scene. The yellow kudzu, cinnamomum camphora and ginkgo trees on the roadside have experienced anti-season growth after careful conservation, and instead have sprouted in the autumn and winter when they should have fallen.” Liao Congquan said that this winter’s colorful forest has extended the leaf opening time, and the viewing period is longer, which is more fascinating.