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Historic sites open for free this weekend

EIGHTY historic buildings in Shanghai will be open free of charge this weekend to mark China's Cultural Heritage Day.

The buildings include historic structures dating back as far as the Song Dynasty (960-1297) and former residences of more recent celebrities.

"Many of the buildings are closed to the public normally to protect them, so it will be a good opportunity for Shanghai residents to visit them this weekend," Chu Xiaobo, deputy director of the Shanghai Administration of Cultural Heritage, said yesterday.

Attractions to be open on Saturday and Sunday include the Sihang Warehouse in Zhabei District, where Chinese troops fought Japanese invaders in 1937; the former site of the Shanghai government building built by the interim Nanjing government in Yangpu in 1930s, and the old site of Shanghai Steel Factory in Luwan District.

The city's first Catholic church, the Dongjiadu Catholic Church built in 1847 in Huangpu District, and the biggest mosque, the Xiaotaoyuan Mosque built in Huangpu District in 1917, also are open without charge.

A Chinese version of the list can be found on the administration website,

Meanwhile, the Guangfulin archaeological site in Songjiang District, where Shanghai's earliest known residents lived about 4,000 years ago, will also open to the public for the first time beginning tomorrow.

The archaeological site, with a 60-hectare park, contains the earliest evidence of habitation. A museum also has been built at the location.

Two cultural maps will be issued free - the Cultural Heritage Guide Map and Important Former Residences of Celebrities Guide Map - starting tomorrow at most historic sites.


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