Wuhan Old Build­ings Tell New Sto­ries

武汉老楼说新事

Special Focus - - Contents - Com­piled & Trans­lated by Cheng Guo

Cheng Guo 成果

In Wuhan, his­toric build­ings such as Tan Hualin, the Hankou Cus­toms House, and the Guiyuan Tem­ple re­count their sto­ries to us through each of their bricks. These fa­mil­iar names not only present a vivid pic­ture of the his­tory and the de­vel­op­ment of Wuhan, but also em­body the unique spirit and tem­per­a­ment of the city.

Nowa­days, with the de­vel­op­ment of a new artis­tic and cul­tural move­ment in Wuhan, these his­toric build­ings are be­ing ren­o­vated into new cul­tural land­marks.

1. Tan Hualin

Lo­cated in the north­east sec­tion of the Old City of Wuchang ( one of the three towns of Wuhan), Tan Hualin, with a to­tal length of 1.2 kilo­me­ters, has en­joyed a his­tory of 645 years—years full of pro­found cul­tural con­no­ta­tions and abun­dant hu­man re­sources. Af­ter the ren­o­va­tion of the Old City, Tan Hualin will be trans­formed into a cul­tural street colored with art, tourism, and com­merce. 2. 403 In­ter­na­tional Art Cen­ter

This cen­ter for the arts was ren­o­vated from the No. 403 dou­ble floor work­shop of the orig­i­nal Wuhan Boiler Fac­tory. Now it is an in­ter­na­tional art cen­ter— a pioneering cul­tural and artis­tic landmark, as well as a demon­stra­tion zone of cul­tural and cre­ative cross-field in­te­gra­tion de­vel­op­ment.

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