Along a 5.5 kilometer stretch of the Huangpu River lies 32 historically significant buildings. From shipyards to fish markets, all of these sites will be preserved and turned into museums for the public.
The buildings, located in Yangpu district, are representative of China’s industrial history. Among them is China’s oldest shipyard. While the yard itself has since been relocated, other facilities such as crane towers, conveyer belts, gear wheels and pipelines remain.
The nation’s first textile mill, built in 1915, is also part of the building set. The mill itself will be turned into a museum while the British villa-style former residence of the mill’s British boss will serve as the visitor center.
Other exhibits will showcase the city’s water and electricity plants. The Yangshupu Water Plant, which opened in 1883, is still one of the city’s major plants.
With so much new construction going up around the city, it is heartening to see such pieces of history given their due respect.
[Image via Shanghai Daily]