The Beauty of In­dus­try

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Su Yi­long, pol­ished by Mark Zuiderveld Pho­tos by Alaa el-din Mohsen El-sayed El-deeb (Egypt), Áron Süveg (Hun­gary), Trey Rat­cliff (the United States), Li Xiaoyin, Wang Huim­ing

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

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