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RICH HISTORY takes Yangpu into the future
 
 
 
RICH HISTORY takes Yangpu into the future

 

Fei Lai

 

    A rich history and culture has inspired Yangpu District’s present-day dreams, as it strives to build itself into a national pilot district of innovation.

Residents have seen the mushrooming of various landmark areas: Wujiaochang; Tongji Knowledge-based Economy Circle; a cluster area of headquarters and R&D centers on Dalian Road; and New Jiangwan Town — an international and ecological community.

Known for its century-old universities, industrial achievements and municipal anagement, Yangpu has a strong heritage to draw upon.

Early in the 20th century, universities were founded by churches in the district, leading to the blossoming of education there during the 1930s and 1940s.

Now the district is home to 14 higher educational institutions — more than one-third of the city’s total. Accordingly, it has been honored as the “Central Education District of Shanghai.”

Centenaries have abounded in recent years: 2005 was the 100th anniversary of Fudan University; 2006 marked the centenary of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; and 2007 saw the 100th anniversary of Tongji University.

Yangpu underwent major industrialization in the 1880s. In 1883, Yangshupu Waterworks, the first modern waterworks in China, was established by British merchants along the Huangpu River. In 1899, officials and businessmen worked together to launch the Shanghai Mechanical Plant of Fabric, the earliest domestic mechanical cotton textile plant.

In 1927, there were 57 foreign factories and 301 local enterprises in the district, almost half involved in textiles. By 1949, almost 1,000 enterprises were located in Yangpu, employing 100,000 people. The Gross Industrial Output Value of the district reached 720 million yuan (US$114.952 million) — accounting for 5 percent of national gross domestic product and 20 percent of Shanghai GDP. Yangpu is now drawing on its proud academic and business heritage to take the district forward into the future.

The interaction among universities, communities and industrial parks has boosted resource sharing and win-win development, and old industrial bases have been transformed into innovation-oriented ones.

And the past has not been forgotten in this cutting-edge process as historic municipal buildings have become new landmarks.

 

 

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