Reviving Industrial Heritage
Beijing is taking the opportunity to awaken former industrial sites and combine the memory of these times with urban development. These projects are in line with the city’s role as China’s national cultural centre.
The striking yellow characters “尚8” (shangba) can be found at the southeast corner of the Sihui Flyover outside the 4th East Ring Road. This is the name of a cultural and creative park. It is a renovated factory area that produced electronic components many years ago. Located among reinforced concrete structures on Chaoyang Road, the Top New Film Industrial Park is another cultural and creative park. Former storehouses for a garment factory were renovated to make it. The fashionable area features red brick and tile. Dawanglu Station is part of Subway Line One. It is on the east extension of Chang'an Avenue. The Langyuan ( Vintage) Cultural and Creative Park has been created in a renovated factory and is creating an economic miracle on the west side of this station.
Many industrial heritage sites in Beijing have been upgraded, modernised and developed into creative parks. The Xinhua 1949 Cultural and Creative Park, Zhongguancun 768 Cultural and Creative Park, Laijin Cultural and Creative Park and Diantongshidai Cultural and Creative Park are a few examples. Beijing is taking the opportunity to awaken former industrial sites and combine the memory of these times with urban development. These projects are in line with the city's role as China's national cultural centre.
Two hundred thirty three old factories have been vacated in Beijing to date. One hundred and ten of them are protected and have been redeveloped. Some of these have become cultural and creative parks. They are the vanguard of the city's cultural and creative industry and provide new urban and cultural landscapes.
3. A gallery at the 77 Cultural and Creative Park
2. The office of Mafengwo (a travel service supplier) in a cultural and creative park that was formerly a factory area