Sanya Jiyang Area Location City: Sanya, Jiyang

An ecologically sustainable and flood-adapted masterplan.

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Masterplanning, Mixed Use
Sanya Natural Resources Planning Bureau


Key Info

Smart City urban districts including residential, educational, commercial, medical, public transportation, cultural and sports facilities with a sponge city landscaping strategy
Sponge city principles
Masterplan concept stage

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Coastal and mountainous

Known as the "Hawaii of the East", Sanya enjoys 209km of coastline and is surrounded by mountains on three sides. With the continuous development of Sanya, it is becoming increasingly important to explore a future expansion that integrates with its unique ecology.

Ecological sustainability

Chapman Taylor conducted in-depth research regarding the topography of the Jiyang area in Sanya and analysis of its mountains, forests, lakes, seas and fields in order to be able to fully exploit the natural resources. A rainfall catchment assessment and water system study helped to determine the most appropriate water network layout. The resulting masterplan proposes flood-adapted urban areas and aims to build a landscape system that achieves ecological sustainability.

Effective transportation

The East gateway of Sanya is a hub of vibrant mobility. Effective transportation is key to the success of the masterplan. Based on our analysis and optimisation of the present city traffic situation, a dense but efficient urban road network system is proposed. In addition, the convenient and accessible public transportation system includes the urban Express Railway.

Chapman Taylor won a competition to design Sanya Jiyang Area in February 2022

Themed islands

The Nanding Art District will contain an ecological central green corridor and include an art sharing circle. The Damao Zhongliao Wellness District incorporates three themed valleys with nine parks organised in landscape corridors leading to the mountains. The Jiyan comprehensive town district focuses on building urban areas near the bay. With the help of the core geographical location and superior landscape conditions, an international business and trade service area is created in the central part with high-end tourist goods and duty-free businesses and trade markets.

Yichun Xu (M.U.P.)

Associate Director, Shanghai

Graduating from the University of Michigan (Postgraduate) and Nanjing University (Undergraduate), Yichun has 4 years of experience working in New York, and 3 years of experience working in China, before joining Chapman Taylor in 2018.

As an expert in the Chinese market, she has worked on a wide range of design projects including largescale masterplans, urban design projects, tourism planning, station design, landscape design and architecture projects.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Urban Design / Project Management

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