Ling Wang: Agriculture Tourism in Metro Shanghai

Goats in the grass near an awning.

A view from the Chomgming Agriculture Tour. photo / provided

Although the American image of Shanghai is one of glass towers and a bustling metropolis, more than 60 percent of the land within its boundaries is dedicated to agricultural production. This 1,330 square miles of protected agricultural greenbelt is the foundation of an urban food system that supplies Shanghai residents with some 50 percent of their fresh vegetables year-round and some 32 percent of their overall food needs. In addition, the Shanghai agricultural belt is evolving into a major agriculture tourism destination for city residents who want to reconnect to the land and to their source of food. Government efforts to balance urban growth, agricultural land protection, and agriculture tourism are an ongoing challenge for planners in the city.

Ling Wang, Ph.D., received her M.E. and Ph.D. in urban planning from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai. As a faculty member in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, she has been engaged in both planning for and research on agriculture tourism in China for more than five years. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cornell, where she is studying policy and practice in agriculture tourism in New York State.