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A his­tory of thou­sands of years

It’s often said that Shang­hai’s dra­matic de­vel­op­ment over the past 10 years can be seen in the Pudong New Area .

But for those in­ter­ested in Shang­hai thou­sands of years ago, they should cast their eyes on Songjiang.

Guang­fulin Cul­tural Relics Park opened in June this year, with the ex­ca­va­tion of the 4,500-year-old Guang­fulin civ­i­liza­tion giv­ing the pub­lic a glimpse of ur­ban­iza­tion of Shang­hai from its very be­gin­ning.

One of the main at­trac­tions of the park was the Guang­fulin Cul­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall, a mu­seum built un­der water, with only its roof above ground.

The ex­hi­bi­tion hall takes vis­i­tors on a jour­ney through time from the very be­gin­ning of Guang­fulin cul­ture.

Vis­i­tors to the hall’s base­ment can see the re­stored ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites with copies of arte­facts and wax stat­ues of the re­searchers.

From caves to an­cient street mar­kets to the whis­tle of trains at Songjiang Rail­way Sta­tion built in 1907, the ex­hi­bi­tion recre­ates scenes through­out Shang­hai’s his­tory.

More of the relics will go on dis­play next year, with one mu­seum built on an ex­ca­va­tion site.

In Songjiang’s ur­ban area, the re­cre­ation of Zhong­shan Road old town since the 1990s has also made progress. In 2005, the dis­trict started pro­tec­tive de­vel­op­ment of Cangcheng scenic area for his­tor­i­cal cul­ture, an area in the west of the old town.

Cangcheng used to be the gra­nary of the Shang­hai area in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dy­nas­ties. More than 120 his­toric build­ings re­main in this area. Some of the build­ings have been ren­o­vated as a show­case of tra­di­tional lo­cal cul­ture.

The old state of­fice of Songjiang Town, the pre­de­ces­sor of Shang­hai as we know it, and Si­jing water­town are also be­ing ren­o­vated.

The dis­trict at­taches great im­por­tance to pub­lic cul­ture. There are more than 10 cul­tural venues in Songjiang and most are open to the pub­lic free of charge.

With the re­vival of the old Songjiang Town, the film in­dus­try thrived as many movies and TV dra­mas chose Songjiang as a lo­ca­tion.

Cangcheng, for in­stance, has be­come a fa­mous movie busi­ness hub with over 3,200 movie and tele­vi­sion en­ter­prises set­ting up stu­dios here. The to­tal tax rev­enue from these en­ter­prises in the first nine months of this year ex­ceed 1.1 bil­lion yuan (US$144.6 mil­lion).

Che­dun Town, the other town fa­mous for the film busi­ness in the dis­trict, has recre­ated scenes such as Nan­jing Road and res­i­den­tial com­plexes from the early 20th cen­tury. Ang Lee filmed many scenes in “Lust, Cau­tion” in the town.

In the next five years, re­volv­ing around high-tech, ecol­ogy and cul­ture, Songjiang Dis­trict will con­tinue re­form and in­no­va­tion to lead the way among sub­ur­ban dis­tricts in Shang­hai to be­come a mod­ern­ized model of a ru­ral area.





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