Eden in China
We’re working to develop a spectacular new China Eden centre – creating the first overseas Eden.
In September 2015 we signed an historic agreement with leading developer China Jinmao Holdings Limited to design and develop an iconic tourism and education project in the major city of Qingdao, on the east coast of the People's Republic of China.
What will it be like?
Our ambition is to create a globally-renowned and iconic tourism attraction and centre which demonstrates the highest-quality sustainable construction practices – just as Eden has in the UK.
The stunning location for China Eden has stupendous views of the whole city. The project fits perfectly with Eden's key transformation and regeneration themes and will bring to life to a currently sterile and derelict site.
Eden’s Executive Vice Chairman and Co-founder Sir Tim Smit said it has the potential to become instantly recognisable worldwide, and that it will “build on 4,000 years of Chinese relations with the environment and Eden's fresh approach to education."
Where exactly is it being built?
The site is on a prime location, a large area of reclaimed and environmentally-damaged land originally used for salt production and then prawn breeding and is located at the confluence of two rivers.
The new centre will be built in Qingdao, a coastal city of nearly nine million people in Shandong Province, halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. The city is backed by mountains and surrounded on three sides by the Yellow Sea. It is famous for hosting the 2008 Olympic sailing races, for having the largest bathing beach in Asia and for its most famous export, Tsingtao Beer. Qingdao already has annual tourism of 63 million visitors, many of whom are Korean and Japanese.
Who are we working with?
We’re working with China Jinmao Holdings Limited. They are the real estate developers of the state-owned Sinochem group, one of the world's top 500 enterprises, and focus on hotels, iconic buildings and property developments, including the Jinmao Tower in Shanghai, previously China's tallest building at 88 storeys.
Eden and Jinmao have also been consulting on China Eden with the Mayor of Qingdao, Mr Zhang Xinqi.
Developing China Eden, Eden is also working with BRE, the Buildings and Research Establishment, which has an office at Eden's base in Cornwall, and London-based Grimshaw Architects, who designed the Eden Project, including the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes.