The Yangpu coast, known as the cradle of China’s earliest industries, is set to become a national demonstration area on how to protect and reuse industrial heritage sites.
The riverine area along the Huangpu River is known as the birthplace of China’s modern industries, with the country’s first water, electricity, shipbuilding and textile companies.
Several industrial buildings, such as the iconic Yangshupu Power Plant, have been preserved during the redevelopment of the riverside area.
“The centuries-old industrial heritage of Yangpu Beach is one of Shanghai’s most important historical resources, which should be protected and promoted,” said Fang Shizhong, director general of the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism. Earlier this week the Yangpu Gov.
He called for increasing both the preservation of historic structures and the opening of riverfront areas to residents.
The district government has signed cooperation deals with the Department of Cultural Heritage and Museums of Fudan University, the Megacity Management Research Institute of Tongji University, and the Publicity Department of Shanghai University for Science and Technology to support the riverside’s conservation and redevelopment efforts. industrial heritage.
A documentary titled “Industrial Footprint of Century-Old Yangpu” has been made and a preview video of the 12-episode serial was released this week.
The documentary invited former model workers and experts who once worked in factories along the Yangpu coast to tell their experiences and memories about the riverside area.
Prominent interviewees include Huang Baomi, a clothing model activist who was awarded the July 1 Medal by President Xi Jinping in 2021; and Zheng Shiling, member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and professor at Tongji University.
In the 1980s, the industrial value of the Yangpu coast was one-fourth of Shanghai’s total output and 5 percent of China’s total output.
Most of the surviving factory buildings have been preserved and converted into convention, exhibition and arts centers as well as parks.
For example, the Yangshupu Power Plant, once the largest thermal power plant in East Asia and the tallest structure in Shanghai, is about to accommodate global headquarters in the energy and environment sectors.