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Heritage preserved with riverside area opening

YANGPU District will develop a 2.8-kilometer-long riverside area along the Huangpu River that will be open to the public by the end of next year. Many of China’s early industrial relics in the area are to be preserved, the district director said yesterday.

The area in southern Yangpu covers about 1.8 square kilometers and was home to China’s earliest paper mill, shipyard, water plant, textile mill, coal gas plant as well as a fish market — most of them dating back a century or so.

The riverside area will be developed into a public space for residents and tourists and will have museums and parks, pedestrian and cycle paths, as well as the renovated industrial buildings, Xie Jiangang, the director of Yangpu, told a press conference.

“We will keep as many original industrial heritages as possible along the riverbank, Xie said. They are “the city’s important memory.” An industrial heritage museum was also planned, he added.

Some 60 percent of the riverside area, currently occupied by old plants and residential buildings, would become public space. There would also be new roads, tunnels and a bridge. Other land would be used to support commercial facilities and office buildings, Xie said. “It will become a best place for people to do exercises, recreation, sightseeing and travel.”

The district government planned to invest about 40 billion yuan (US$5.99 billion), which accounted for 73 percent of total government spending by 2020, for infrastructure construction of the area, Xie added.

Nine tunnels are to be built by 2020 in the area to cross the river. The major structure of the Anpu Road Bridge has been completed. The Yangshupu Road, a major road for the area, will be expanded.

A new Metro Line 18 will be built to connect the riverside area.

A 550 meter-long section of the riverside space has been completed and is already open to the public as a demonstration of the project. An original corridor and some machines from the city’s first textile mill have been renovated for exhibition.

Some relics of China’s once largest fishing market, built in 1946, have also been kept.

The riverside path will also feature an old lighthouse as well as flood prevention dams. A historic villa that was the former residence of the British boss of the textile mill has been renovated and converted into the visitor center.

The rest of the south Yangpu riverside area, 2.7km in length, will be developed and open to the public by 2020.

Yangpu’s riverside development plan is part of a Shanghai blueprint to create 45km long continuous public areas along both sides of the Huangpu River by the end of next year.


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