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Old November 27th, 2017, 03:18 PM   #2761
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Jade Buddha Temple beaming with pride
Shanghai Daily Excerpt
November 27, 2017

CONSTRUCTION started over the weekend on the rooftop of a new pavilion at Shanghai’s 135-year-old Jade Buddha Temple as part of a major renovation campaign.

The tallest beam of the pavilion of Avalokitesvara, or Kwan-yin, was installed on the rooftop on Saturday morning — a key process for the construction of a Buddha temple pavilion. Tens of thousands worshippers and monks prayed for a smooth progress.

The new pavilion is being built near the former site of the historic Mahavira Hall, or the temple’s main pavilion which has been moved 30.66 meters northward to make available a larger space in the main square for worshipers and visitors to pray.

The Kwan-yin pavilion will keep the same size and architectural style of the two original pavilions standing behind it. The new building has been designed in the traditional imperial palace architectural style common to the southern part of the Yangtze River region during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Carpenters will apply the traditional mortise-and-tenon technique, which requires no nails, for the whole construction process.

Supreme Burma teak has been used to both ensure stability and “highlight the holiness,” an official with the temple said.

The new pavilion will also have floor-to-ceiling windows that can be removed during major religious ceremonies to allow more space for worshippers to pray.

After the hall is moved to its new position and the new pavilion is completed, the temple will present a more traditional Chinese temple style, temple officials said.
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Old November 28th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #2762
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Huangpu’s old ‘hardware area’ is next on the list to get a makeover
Shanghai Daily Excerpt
November 28, 2017

HUANGPU District will launch a new round of renovations soon on old residential communities along Beijing Road E., a former major site for ironmongery.

Hardware has fallen on hard times, and the once prosperous street for manufacturing ironmongery resources, will undergo “function restructuring and ecological rebuilding,” said Gao Yun, the Party secretary and director of Huangpu.

Most of the old residential buildings will be retained, with residents living inside them, within the 1.6-square-kilometer area along both Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek to keep the city’s most authentic lane-style living environment, Gao said in an interview with a local radio station.

The appearances will be preserved while the inner structures will be renovated to provide residents with their own bathrooms and kitchens.

Furthermore, some public areas — once occupied by illegal structures that have been removed — will become communal living rooms and community library with plantations. “People will be able to both feel the past and have a vision for future at these neighborhoods,” said Gao.

Furthermore, innovative parks will be built along the river and creek to attract a swath of technology and startup companies specializing in artificial intelligence and Internet plus.

Companies will be able to research, exhibit and trade their technological products in the area that once was home to a science and technology industry park in 1990s, said Gao.

Huangpu District still has over 2.3 million square meters of old residential neighborhoods, including — nearly half of them estimated last year to have poor living conditions.
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City to restore historical names of alleys
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December 8, 2017

JING’AN District is among Shanghai's urban areas that is pioneering the restoration of the names of longtang, or alleys, in an effort to revive memories of old Shanghai.

Many of the old names of streets and longtang neighborhoods had been changed, eroding memories of the city’s past.

Jing’an District has several historical sites. Shanzhongli, or Say Zoong Terrace, will be among the 19 old residential complexes in the district that will have their historical names restored.

“We haven’t been calling it Shanzhongli over the years, and young residents don’t even know that name. They call it 113 Changshu Road,” said Cao Huilin, a neighborhood official.

“Now we are reviving memories of the neighborhood to help raise awareness about its history and culture.”

A resident’s old photograph of the neighborhood’s past has been replicated on a large wall of the neighborhood’s entrance.

“It's like our old residents telling a story about Shanzhongli to the new residents,” Cao said.

Shanzhongli, which has 25 English-style garden townhouses, was built in 1930 along the Say Zoong Route, presently named Changshu Road.

The city government placed Shanzhongli on its list of heritage buildings in 1999.

It had been the only road in the former French Concession that was named after a Chinese.

Say Zoong is a French transliteration for Shanzhong, a pseudonym of the late Tao Ruzeng, a property tycoon.

The former residences of renowned generals Jiang Guangnai, Dai Ji and Feng Zhi’an were located on Say Zoong Route.

The 19 old residential complexes include Xianlin Villa at 470 Yuyuan Road and Rong’anfang at 496 Huashan Road.

Some years ago, Shanghai began its overhaul of cultural venues that had fallen into disuse and disrepair.

One of these venues is the cultural activity venue in the Yuhua Xincun neighborhood.

Located in a three-floor historical villa that was donated to the city by an elderly woman before her death, the venue is a cultural space for residents to participate in activities such as playing board games, reading books, and watching puppet shows.

Cultural relics in Shanzhongli have also been preserved.

This year, an additional 20 historical sites across the district are being given a new lease of life.
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