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Wing On landmark turns into WorldSkills showcase

A PROJECT to be completed by the end of 2020 will turn a century-old Wing On Department Store warehouse into the WorldSkills Museum on the Yangpu District waterfront.

Some of the exhibits for the museum were unveiled at the 45th WorldSkills Competition in Kazan, Russia, which opened last week.

A series of high-tech interactive exhibitions at the competition showcased China’s skills in various fields as well as Shanghai’s ambition to promote its tourism, shopping, culture and manufacturing, the city government said.

Shanghai is hosting the 46th WorldSkills Competition, known as the Skills Olympics, from September 22 to 27 in 2021.

The museum, organized by WorldSkills International, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the Shanghai government, will open to the public along with the vocational skills competition. It will be a permanent non-profit venue and open free of charge.

The museum will be a center for showcasing vocational skills, an international platform for communication on skills, a skills education center for young people around the world and a documentation center for WorldSkills International, said Shen Hao, an official in charge of the museum’s construction.

Work to convert the 10,000-square-meter warehouse near the Yangpu Bridge is under way. The warehouse on the Huangpu River bank was built in the 1920s as one of the major textile warehouses for Wing On, one of the four leading department stores on Nanjing Road E.

The museum has received over 700 items from home and abroad related to textiles, steel, aerospace, shipbuilding and automobiles.

Some of the highlights are being showcased on the sidelines of the competition in Kazan. Shanghai Construction Group and SAIC Motor, for instance, are displaying their achievements in high-end skills equipment and training.

A series of Shanghai landmark models, such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower, are also on display at the China exhibition zone. China first entered the competition in 2011 and the past four editions have reaped 20 gold medals.


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