The story appears on

Page A5

August 15, 2013

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Entertainment and Culture

Factories to be converted into cultural hub

Shanghai’s earliest paper mill, water utility, shipyard and other factories in Yangpu District will be transformed into theaters, libraries, exhibition halls and theme parks, officials said yesterday.

Shanghai No.17 Textile Mill, one of the highlights of the project, was established about a century ago and will be converted into a fashion center. It will feature a fashion stage 60 meters long and 27 meters wide, making it the biggest in Asia, an official with the district government said yesterday.

Designed by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier, work has already started on the mill with a “saw-tooth roof” on Yangshupu Road.

“The fashion center will have no pillars, which makes it an ideal place for fashion shows,” the official said. All the decorations and exhibits will be themed in black, he added.

The nearby Yangshupu Power Plant will become a green-energy technology center that uses solar and wind power. Part of it will feature office buildings with electricity supplied by the center.

The former wharf along the river will become a public square named Fisherman Wharf and open to the public by the end of the year, the official added.

“Most of these factories are more than a century old and the district will preserve and redevelop them,” said Chen Yin, the district’s Party chief.

Cement, sugar and coal-gas factories along Yangshupu Road will also be turned into cultural venues including theaters, libraries, and exhibition halls. They will be used to display the history of the industries they once represented.

A trolley route will be opened to take visitors to all the renovated buildings and the wharf.

The district has 15.5 kilometers of land along the banks of the Huangpu River that was once home to most of the city’s and even the country’s earliest industries. The factories were abandoned in the last few decades and became shabby residential buildings.

Some 38,000 residents that had been living in the buildings have been relocated to make way for redevelopment, according to Chen.



Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend