Pudong’s past industry base transforms into art space

chinadaily.com.cn Updated:2018-01-11

Gone are the days when the bank of Huangpu River was prosperous with traditional industries while the traces of past glories remain, such as the century-old shipyard, granary, dock and theaters, according to a report published on Pudong's website on Jan 5. 

These buildings which used to serve industrial purposes are now museums to educate people on the history of Shanghai's industrial development, while also being a picturesque landscape of Shanghai.

Minsheng Wharf, one of the numerous historical architectures, is the perfect place to learn the past stories of Shanghai. Here, tourists can not only learn how Shanghai's transportation and business and finance boom at the times when the port started its operation, but also how China developed its marine and manufacturing industry.

The wharf consists of 30 48-meter high silos which are made of concrete; the length of the whole building cluster is 140 meters. Historically, it has been considered as one of Asia's biggest silos and it never fails to give tourists a sense of awe.

All year round, frequent art exhibitions and activities are held at the wharf, the latest being the 2017 Shanghai City Space Art Festival. At these cultural events, art fans can not only have a feast of Shanghai's traditional and modern culture, but also savor the glamor of the antique architectures.

Some buildings have been renewed while their structure or the furnishings still remain the same as it was in the past. For example, in the coal wharf, anchors, cables, chimneys and other architecture styles still remain unchanged.

On the other hand, some other ancient buildings have been innovatively renovated into art galleries, shops, art museums, while still effectively serving the function of showcasing Shanghai's unique culture.


The ancient buildings along the bank of Huangpu River. [Photo/ news.163.com]

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