The Beauty of Industry
After more than 100 years of development, Beijing's modern industrial heritage sites turned into beautiful gardens, giving visitors an experience of its thriving industries.
People often talk about Beijing’s traditional culture, urban architecture, and diversity in fashion and the arts. For an historical and cultural city, these are enough to highlight Beijing’s special characteristics, but occasionally ignored is another feature— Beijing as one of the central cities of China’s modern industrial development.
Beijing’s modern industry began in 1879, when Duan Yisan set up the Tongxing Coal Mine. In 1883, the government of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) founded the Camp Machinery Bureau in Sanjiadian west of Beijing. It was the first of Beijing’s efforts in developing modern factories. At that time, the industrial revolution in Western countries brought unprecedented changes and opportunities around the world.
The rhythm of steel and the roaring sound of industrial civilisation reawakened Beijing to a new era. After more than 100 years of development and changes, Beijing’s modern industrial heritage sites turned into beautiful gardens, giving visitors a greater impression of the city and its thriving industries.
In the former site of the Capital Steel Factory stand many important industrial heritages. An iron-making furnace, steelmaking converter, high-speed wire mill and other equipment and facilities have been protected, showcasing to visitors “How the Steel was Tempered.”
Beijing Dragon Seal Vinery Museum featuring Ming (1368–1644) and Qing style building in Beijing Dragon Seal Wines Company Limited, where people can learn more about the hundred-year development history of wine and wine culture in Beijing.
Visitors can explore underground wine cellars and taste wine. At the former site of the Beijing Feeder Factory, over 30 master workshops are set up in more than 50 art categories to showcase the best of Beijing’s intangible cultural heritage and folk arts.
This transformation provided industrial clusters to advance the city’s cultural and creative industry, creating a groundbreaking landscape in urban industrial tourism. They serve as both a witness to the development of Beijing’s industrial civilisation, and new landmarks in its cultural, creative and tourism industries.
Beijing, you are so beautiful. We love you!
1. Silon International Cultural and Creative Park
2. 798 Art Zone
3. 751 Power Square
4. Diantong Cultural Park
5. Shougang Industrial Park
1. Langyuan Vintage
2. Beijing Erqi Locomotive Factory
3. Xinhua 1949 International Creative Design Park
4. Beijing Waterworks Museum