Popular industrial sites in Shanghai

(China Daily) | Jan 02, 2019


Designated as Shanghai's first creative-industries cluster in 1998, Tianzifang is now a network of shops selling crafts from artists and creative enterprises. It also houses restaurants set up in abandoned factories and the historical Shikumen residential buildings built along traditional lanes in the 1930s.

No 210 Taikang road, Huangpu district.

Xujiahui Park

The 85,000-square-meter Xujiahui park was developed in 2000 from an industrial site partly occupied by the former Great China Rubber Factory. A chimney rising over the treetops is a remnant of the factory and the city's industrial past.

No 888 Zhaojiabang road, Xuhui district.

Shanghai Volkswagen Automobile Company

Shanghai Volkswagen Automobile Company, where the largest numbers of cars and commercial vehicles are produced in China, has been open to the public since 2003. Visitors can get a close look at the production lines, raw materials and classic cars. They can explore 100 years of auto history at the Shanghai Auto Museum.

Caoan Road, Jiading district.

Waterworks Science and Technology Museum

The Shanghai Waterworks Science and Technology Museum was hosted in buildings of the Yangshupu Waterworks - the first facility of its kind in China. It was built in 1883 to provide running water to the citie's residents. The museum has three exhibitions demonstrating the history, technology and future of the waterworks.

No 830 Yangshupu Road, Yangpu district.

Bridge 8

Central Shanghai's Bridge 8 Creative Cluster was built from seven factory buildings with an area of 20,000 square meters owned by the former Shanghai Automobile Brake Company in 2003. It is a hub for metropolitan industries, such as architecture, art, advertising, software, publishing and fashion design.

No 8 Jianguo Zhong Road, Huangpu district.

M50 Creative Garden

A well-preserved national-level industrial site along the Suzhou River, M50 Creative Garden was transformed from a former Shanghai Chunming wool-textile factory in 2005 to become a gathering space for art activities. It hosts galleries, studios and companies in film-and-television production and architecture.

No 50 Moganshan Road, Putuo district.

Power Station of Art

Housed in the former Nanshi Power Plant, Power Station of Art was built as a museum focusing on contemporary art in 2005. It's a well-functioning and artistic platform that's home to the Shanghai Biennale. Power Station of Art - together with China Art Palace, which displays modern and traditional art, and Shanghai Museum, which shows ancient art - has become an integral destination in the exhibition field for the city. It was the Pavilion of the Future during the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.

No 678, Miaojiang Road, Huangpu district.

1933 Old Millfun

A complex of restaurants and shops now, 1933 Old Millfun was once the largest slaughterhouse in Shanghai. Since opening in 2008, the place, with its unique traditional staircases, walkways and walls, hosts creative-art activities, international brand launches, live performances and parties.

No 611 Liyang Road, Hongkou district.

Bund 1919 Art Area

Bund 1919, which was an old textile mill in the 1910s, was developed by Shangtex Holding Co Ltd and Red Town Cultural Development Co Ltd, into a major creative cultural park in the northern part of the city in 2008. It hosts art venues and creative studios where visitors can experience textile culture.

No 258 West Songxing Road, Baoshan district.

Shanghai International Fashion Center

Created from an old textile factory owned by the local fabric giant, Shangtex, beside Fuxing Island, Shanghai International Fashion Center has become a complex known for its discount stores and spaces for fashion events. It has hosted fashion-week shows since 2013.

No 2866, Yangshupu Road, Yangpu district.


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