Warmly welcome to Wukang Rd of XuHui District to have a trip of architecture、history and culture.We are now in the south west of Shanghai----The XuHui District, where also the intersection of Middle Huaihai Rd.、Yuqin Street、Tianping Street.、West Huaihai Street、Xingguo Street and Wukang Rd is located, the place where “Six roads join”. This kind of phenomenon is a rare view to be seen in the anfractuous allocation of roads in Shanghai. It was formed during the time of the illegal expansion of the French concession when the roads were built disorderly. This structure of roads which was formed before liberation has been basically inherited and kept after liberation. Among these six roads which join to each other, the overall length of Wukang Rd is 1.17km. Its original name isFerguson Road , which was built in 1907 and hadn’t changed its name into Wukang Rd until 1943. Wukang Rd is a familiar peaceful and secluded road in the south-west of Shanghai. At the same time, it is also one of the best-preserved continental blocks nowadays. Within the whole historical protection zone of “Henshan Rd to Fuxing Rd”, it is a hundred-year street of many modern excellent architectures and has a rich and colourful history. At present, there are 14 excellent historical architectures, 37 preserved historical architectures and some other old houses which are worth being preserved from now on along the Wukang Rd.Traditionally, the Wukang Rd is regarded as one of the most famous residential areas in Shanghai, where once a lot of Chinese political leaders, Chinese leading cadres after liberation, elites and plutocrats in commercial and financial sectors and culture celebrities lived. We’ve got Huangxing apartment, former residence of Tang Shaoyi, apartment of Chen Guofu and Chen Lifu, apartment of Mo Shangqing who is called the silk czar and the most famous one----- the former residence of Bajin who is a master in literature. What shall we visit on Wukang Rd? It is known that there are “Three Sights”: one for architecture, another one for history, the last one for culture. The sight for architecture on the Wukang Rd is to enjoy these western-style houses and small apartments and houses in lanes which are under the shades of platanus and surrounded by flowering trees and shrubs. Here you can see any style of architecture from different countries like the UK、France、Italy、Spain. In one word, we have everything that you expect to see as architectural styles of classic、Renaissance、Baroque、eclecticist tendency and modernism, just like an “Exhibition Hall” of western countries’ architecture.The sight of history on the Wukang Rd is also an interesting one: Sun Yat-sen who is the leading spirit of China’s bourgeois-democratic revolution, had been to Wukang Rd two times for planning revolutionary affairs with his major assistant Huangxing. Another historic event that happened here was the murder of the first prime minister of the republic of China Tang Shaoyi, which is believed to be homicide. Among these two, other major events and activities in modern Chinese history all happened along this street. There are a lot of luxury villas showing the history of western adventurers who seek their fortunes here. These properties were taken away by force or trickery in Shanghai、recording the hard entrepreneurial process that Chinese national capitalists made during the time in Shanghai. It can be inferred that the WuKang Rd has been regarded as a “Shanghai Urban Memoirs” of modern Chinese history. The culture on the WuKang Rd is shown by the old residence of one of the masters in Chinese modern literature BaJin, as well as his statue, showing a writing BaJin. Along Wukang Rd, lots of legends and amusing news about many writers and film actors who have once lived on this special Rd in Shanghai can be heard. We can say that the WuKang Rd looks like a “Culture Salon” gathering of cultural celebrities、human exploration、creation and recalling of European-style. Now let’s go along this hundred-year street under the platanus, closing in on each old house of its own unique features, opening “Memoirs” found in archives page after page, listening to the thrilling or moving stories and anecdotes from history one after another. Shanghai is going to welcome the World Expo this year, at that time the Wukang Rd will also be one of the famous historical and cultural streets to show the old Shanghai fashion towards visitors.
Shanghai Orient Shopping Center Co., Ltd. No.8, Caoxi Road (North) 64870000 Shanghai Orient Shopping Center Co., Ltd. is the first joint enterprise with the large-scale retailing constructed in Shanghai. Since Oct.1, 1993, the management achievements has been increasing sharply, and the annual sales reaches RMB.1, 000 million Yuan. After reorganizations, the company has fallen under the Shanghai Bailian Group, which is the biggest commercial enterprise in Shanghai. Orient Shopping Center is located in the bustling Commercial Building of Xujiahui that is in the southwest part of Shanghai. It also covers an area of 30,000 square meters, and it is a “foreign-related appointed store of tourism”, which gathers shopping, catering and leisure as an integral whole. Orient Shopping Center gives priority to retailing, and manages wholesale as a sideline. Nowadays, the varieties of commodities it sells have reached more than 60,000. They mainly include package foodstuff, various household needs, bags, washing cosmetics, gold ornaments, clocks and watches, glasses, gifts of arts and crafts, famous wines and cigarettes, clothing, shoes, caps, household articles and electrical appliances, etc. One-third of those managing commodities are imported goods, including some international famous brands. The others are all the products of Chinese-foreign joint enterprises’ and the domestic brand-name and highest-quality products. Large quantities of these products are scarce and invisible in other markets of Shanghai. The Orient Shopping Center persists in giving priority to direction of managing high-grade goods, advocating the idea of serving all round. Since the opening, customers are bustling here, the sales achievements become more prosperous everyday, and the Center has gained double harvests of social benefit and economic benefit. In order to rapidly join the track of the international commerce, Orient Shopping Center actively carries out the advanced systems of management and administration, adopts the managing manners such as purchasing overseas, stocking from the producing areas, buying outright to manage, and engaging the business of general agency. Moreover, the Center also develops and establishes some subsidiary companies such as the Orient Meitha Chain Co., Ltd., Orient International Trading Co., Ltd., and Orient Cleaning Co., Ltd. All this creates a new situation of commercial retailing. The successful management of Orient Shopping Center has done honor to the metropolis commerce after the reformation and open to the outside world, and also has been attached great importance and attentions from all-level leaders of central government and Shanghai Municipal Government. Some leaders of Central Government, Shanghai Municipal Government and correlative ministries and commissions had made personal appearances at Orient Shopping Center, such as Li Peng, Qiao Shi, Li Tieying, Wu Bangguo, Huang Ju and so on. Prime Minister Li Peng also wrote an inscription of commemoration for Orient Shopping Center: “House of Shopping”. Shanghai Silk Commercial Building Co., Ltd. No.139, Taiping Road. 62825019 Shanghai Silk Commercial Building Co., Ltd. is a foreign-related appointed unit of tourism and appointed shop for state guests in Shanghai. The company has successfully received dozens of countries’ Presidents, Premiers, Heads of States, Prime Ministers, Ministers and their wives from Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania and the friends from all over the world. Our company’s silk and woolen cloth, the brand of which “Qifang” is one of the famous ones in Shanghai, is also one of the name brand products and have been gained high praise from honored guests. Company takes the feature of surface cloth of high-taste silk and woolen cloth. The company carries out the designs by itself, processes the products at certain places, and annually puts out hundreds of species of new flower styles and new varieties for customers to choose. Moreover, the company enjoys great prestige both at home and abroad with the new flower styles, good quality and excellent service, and enjoys the good name of “King of Silk”. The company’s dress department of state guests takes one’s measures and tailors for not only the political heavyweights of all countries and the leaders of domestic central government but also all the domestic and foreign guests, and carries out the rapid service of tailoring with high quality. Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum No.79, Fenyang Road 64741383 Located on Fenyang Road, the Arts and Crafts Museum covers an area of 1,500 square meters. It is divided into Carving Room, Knitting and Brede Room, Civil Arts and Crafts Room. Nearly 300 works are displayed inside, from which we can see the development skeleton of Shanghai arts and crafts. The architecture was originally the residence of director general of Police Consulaire Francaise of the French leased territory in Shanghai. After the triumph of Anti-Japanese War, it had ever been the first official place of the UN World Health Organization in the Asia-Pacific area. In the early days after the liberation of China, the Sino-Soviet Friendship Association Shanghai Branch had been stationed here. In 1963, under the concerns of Mr. Chen Yi, the most outstanding civilian industrial artists in Shanghai had been working here and teaching on their techniques in succession. At the same time, an artistic products showroom was built. In the early days of the Cultural Revolution, the Arts and Crafts Institute was driven out of the compound, and the building was occupied by Lin Liguo. In 1972, the Arts and Crafts Institute came back to its old haunt. Reagan, former president of the US, Heath, former Prime Minister of the UK, Ali, the boxing champion, and Egyptian President’s wife had ever come to visit this place. At present, the Arts and Crafts Institute has developed into a comprehensive cultural location with the functions of collection, exhibition, popularization, communication, tourism and so on. There are three exhibition halls of civilian arts and crafts, sculpture, and brocades respectively, and about ten specialized workrooms in the main building, which bring together about 50 industrial artistic professionals. Shanghai Splendid Carpet Co., Ltd. No.2, Binyang Road 64362153 Shanghai Splendid Carpet Co., Ltd. is an enterprise with a history of 50 years and 900 employees. The enterprise professionally manufactures and manages all species of handcrafted carpets. Thanks to the intact product line and the quality supervision during the whole process, the enterprise enjoys great prestige both at home and abroad, and is greeted warmly. The materials of silk carpet are selected carefully and made delicately. The designs are elegant and beautiful, and the texture is very tough. The products have been exported to more than 30 countries and regions, and gained the golden medal of best quality in 1988. A special marketplace is established inside the factory so as to satisfy the needs of tourists’ visiting and shopping from all over the world.
“Longhua Evening Bell” is one of famous “Eight Scene in Shanghai”, which can comparable with “Midnight Bell” of Hanshan Temple outside Gusu City. On New Year’s Eve every year, thousands of Chinese and foreign tourists gather in Longhua Temple in order to toll the Buddhist evening bell for 108 times, praying for blessings to meet auspiciousness, and seeing the New Year in altogether. It is of infinite interest that the historical relics exhibition of musical instruments used in the Buddhist or Taoist mass, guess folk lantern riddle, overlay New Year postmark and activity of sending wishes through sutra streamers, etc. While the characteristic items of large-scale on lifting off the fireworks, square false masks revel, “Auspicious Longhua Tree—making a vow through the swan goose” have formed the grand scene of “gala night with fiery trees and silver flowers” even more, which demonstrate a happy and auspicious atmosphere of seeing the New Year in. The whole activity will last from the night of New Year’s Eve to the next morning, the activity rises on after another, therefore, it has gained good reputation of “New Year’s 1st Tourist Place of Shanghai City”.
Welcoming the spring with Gao Drum: The 66 representatives of the citizens strike “the Longhua Gao Drum” together to welcome the new lucky year. Lucky photo-taking: The photographer will record the moment of the 66 honorable guests striking the drum with his camera, and the photo will be presented to the 66 honorable guests after elaborate execution. Dragon of wish and good luck: The 66 representatives of the citizens hang the dragon lanterns with blessings on the golden dragon’s body. Lightening blessing: At 0’clock, the orbited shooting stars fly from far and near to the stage and lighten the “Shanghai, good luck”. Exploding 108: At 0’clock, the honorable guests explode the firecrackers placed in the bell of good luck. Flying blessing: A piece of silk cloth with the signatures and blessings of the 66 honorable guests flies into the Longhua sky at night under the guiding of a rising balloon.
Strike the Buddha bell, Pray for blessings and receive good luck, and listen respectfully to the sacred lucky sound of bell from the temple, Watch the fireworks, Hold mask revel and spend the happy time at the lucky place. Tourists could participate in “The Flying Rainbow Vowing Activity”, buy “The Lucky Ties for Three Generations” composed of all kinds of animals and mascots, and then throw it on “the Longhua Lucky Tree” (“the flying Rainbow”) and entrust their nice will. This item of lightening activity is the prelude of the theme activity. The Mile Palace of the ancient Longhua temple slowly opens its gate, and the monks follow the master abbot to come out slowly, stand at the either side of the gate and wait quietly. The master abbot represents Longhua Temple to welcome the guests, and begins to wrap in ribbons the 108 honorable guests who are to strike the bell in a sacred, severe and ceremonious atmosphere. The honorable guests with ribbons on walk up to the bell tower one by one in singing voice, and strike the bell for 108 times. The guests in and outside the temple listen respectfully to the ding, receive the benefit from Buddha together, eliminate personal misfortune, pray for blessings and welcome the New Year.