8月18日，伊甸园工程董事长 Tim Smit爵士接受《星期天泰晤士报》的采访时表示：中国人正重新审视他们的环境策略，他们渴望拥抱可持续发展。我将与中国最大的房地产开发商合作，在东莞打造第一座“东方的伊甸园”。
Green guru Tim Smit to make new Eden in China
THE man who oversaw the dramatic transformation of an abandoned clay pit into the renowned Eden Project will travel to China this week to help breathe new life into one of its smog-hit cities.
Sir Tim Smit plans to develop a giant botanical garden near Dongguan, a factory city once likened to Manchester during the industrial revolution of the 1840s.
Smit, who recently stepped down as chief executive of the Eden Project, hopes the newly sophisticated Chinese will be keen to visit an attraction specialising in trees, plants and flowers from around the world.
The Dutch-born British businessman, who turns 60 next year, said: “There’s a point when you have to look at the horizon and where you’re going next.
“It’s a country that is changing its environmental strategy. It’s in part its desire now for embracing sustainability.”
It is believed Smit will work with China Vanke, the country’s largest residential property developer, to build the first “Eden of the East” outside Dongguan in the Pearl River Delta, about 50 miles from Hong Kong.
For decades, China has had a poor environmental record, pumping noxious fumes from factories into the atmosphere. The World Bank has said 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in China, while in a 2007 report it found 760,000 people die prematurely there each year because of air and water pollution.
Before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, great efforts were made to reduce air pollution for both competitors and spectators and the Chinese are now promoting clean energy policies, after worldwide pressure.
In the first half of 2008, Dongguan reported more than a dozen days when the air pollution index topped 100, an unhealthy level for sensitive groups including infants and the elderly. However, in the second half of 2012, following the closure of many of its factories, there were only two such days.