Situated at the coast of Yantian in the eastern part of Shenzhen, the 19.5 km long Yantian Waterfront Boardwalk is the most famous waterfront for the spectacular ocean views. It is a reconstruction project after the hit of Super Typhoon Mangkhut in 2018, which is the strongest typhoon hitting Shenzhen since 1983, reaching Beaufort scale level 14, brought devastating destruction to the existing boardwalk. The implemented part has a length of 11km. Tourist spots with spectacular sceneries, including Dameisha, Xiaomeisha and Beizaijiao, are connected by the new boardwalk. The leisure path, with tourist and sports elements, also extends to the Seafood Street, which is a promenade along local commercial blocks.
▽项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project
The new boardwalk has an alignment with higher safety requirements and details with better climate resilience. It provides open spaces with higher inclusiveness and flexibility. By taking the chance of reconstruction, the Waterfront Boardwalk links up the fragmented urban fabric with the natural tourist spots, redefining the relationship between living and natural landscape. The new Yantian Waterfront Boardwalk would become a sustainable, vigorous, and world-class waterfront.
The Dameisha Section of the Waterfront Boardwalk consists of three levels of corridors: the existing road, the bicycle trail and footpath at the upper portion and suspended boardwalk at the lower portion. Located at larger areas where the topography is comparatively flat, the new Service Stations act as entrances for the visitors who can enjoy the spectacular view of Dapeng Bay at the viewing platforms on the roof of the Service Stations. Paths and stairs move gently down the slope from the service station to the suspended boardwalk, enhancing the vertical connection between the two corridors. Viewing Platforms are located along the bicycle path, while Surs are located at the shoreline next to the suspended boardwalk. These two kinds of recreation platforms, which provide distinct experiences of sea-viewing, are the indispensable catalysts for a dynamic waterfront.
▽大梅沙段平面图和改造前后对比，plan of the Dameisha Section of the Waterfront Boardwalk and comparison before and after renovation
▽大梅沙段：栈道从半山森林连接到海滨的侏罗纪时期的岩石上，引导游客通向波澜壮阔的自然景观，Dameisha Section, walkway connecting the forest on the mountainside and the rocks on the seaside, leading visitors to the breathtaking natural scenery
▽位于大梅沙段的栈道连桥串联海滨人行，pedestrian bridge connecting the rocks through the sea
▽位于大梅沙段的山林栈道采用通透的钢网材料，保证了山体上植物生长的采光，并很好保留了场地上的原生树木，forest walkway in the Dameisha Section composed of transparent steel mesh, ensuring sunshine to the plants on the mountain and restoring the original trees on the site
▽不易取电的海滨栈道采用太阳能的扶手照明，充分利用深圳海滨白天的日照，也为游客夜间活动提供了的安全性，walkway illuminated by solar-powered handrail, using daylight to ensure safety of the visitors during night
▽位于大梅沙段的礁石步道旁，提供享受日落的独特景观，rock walkway in the Dameisha Section providing unique sunset scenery to the visitors
▽一条贯通的自行车道，串联起了两侧的观景平台和休憩花园，cycle track connecting sightseeing platforms and leisure gardens
▽位于大梅沙段的观岩所：游客们在岩石上架起的平台上观景和拍照，space to observe the rocks, visitors could take photos from the platform and enjoy the view
▽自行车道旁的观景平台，sightseeing platform beside the cycle track
▽大梅沙驿站图书馆的屋顶设有观景平台，旅客可以在这里饱览大鹏湾的壮丽景致，sightseeing platform on the roof of the library with panoramic view to the Dapeng Bay
The Seafood Street Section of the Waterfront Boardwalk situates at one of the most prosperous commercial and retail areas in Yantian District. The promenade along Seafood Street was devastated during the hit of Typhoon Mangkhut. The design team treated the reconstruction project as an opportunity to reshape Yantian District. Seafood Street Section is a recreational promenade with bicycle trail and walkway. Part of the wider section is sunken for a closer experience with the coast. The bottom part of the balustrade is made up of prefabricated concrete modules, while the top part comprises stainless steel and treated wood handrail. At the other side of the promenade, retaining wall with prefabricated concrete modules echoes with the dynamic waterfront living. The feature high-chairs provide the best location for visitors to enjoy the marvelous views of Yantian Port. The tropical style planting design is reflected by the row of palm trees along the path. The overall design of the Seafood Street Section of the Waterfront Boardwalk shapes itself into a popular destination for citizens to relax and play.
▽海鲜街段平面图和改造前后对比，plan of the Seafood Street Section of the Waterfront Boardwalk and comparison before and after renovation
▽海鲜街段鸟瞰，aerial view of the Seafood Street Section
▽海鲜街段的设计重新激发了都市生活的活力，缝合了城市商业街区与海岸线，the Seafood Street Section reconnects the coastline with the commercial areas, stimulating the urban life
▽抬高的海堤，双排桩的结构结合模块化的混凝土防浪坎，能够满足抵御17级台风灾害的防灾标准，elevated seawall and double-row piles with concrete wave blocks could resist typhoon of 17 scale
▽被拓宽的海堤顶部，增加廊架和街道家具，成为舒适的开放空间，add urban furniture to the widened seawall top, creating a comfortable open space
▽在海鲜街栈道上观赏标志性的盐田港，和远方香港连绵的群山，view to the Yantian Bay and mountains connecting to Hong Kong
▽游客们在海滨步道上骑行、散步、聊天，享受都市的滨水生活，visitors enjoying waterfront life on the walkway
▽利用海堤的高差分隔了海滨步道和商业街的停车，棕榈树下的空间吸引社区的人来到这里休闲和聚集，separate the walkway and the parking space through height differences, people gathering under the palm trees
▽与攀爬植物相结合的休憩廊架，leisure pergola combined with vine
▽沿海鲜街栈道布置了特色的吧台座椅，characteristic seats along the Seafood Street walkway
▽丰富的空间和活动，冥想与小聚的场所，space for various activities as meditation, gathering, etc.