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C4鈥?Jing鈥檃n                                                        Tuesday 30 January 2018鈥?Shanghai Daily

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     Jiangchang River                       1                      Sihang Warehouse Battle Memorial

Moments                                                                3
of January
                                                                   Moller Villa
1. Beautifying the banks
                                                                   3. Landmark buildings listed
Jiangchang River, cleaned in 2014,          Dongjiaojing River  4
is now undergoing beautification on its         2               5  Three historical buildings in Jing鈥檃n
banks.                                                             were added to the city鈥檚 listing of 20th
                                                                   century Chinese architectural heritage
   In the past four months, walking path-                          this month.
ways were built and riverside platforms
added.                                                                They are the Sihang Warehouse Battle
                                                                   Memorial, the Paramount ballroom and
   Water plants like the purple Siberian                           the Moller Villa.
iris, green rough horsetail and colorful
iris were planted to thrive in the river.                             The battle memorial along Suzhou
Dozens of plants cover the riverbanks,                             Creek was originally built as a storage
including cassia trees, starry-like gypso-                         facility for banks, but Japanese invad-
phila and white camellias.                                         ers requisitioned it as their military
                                                                   headquarters during their occupation
   Last year, the government removed                               of Shanghai in World War II. Numerous
illegal structures along the riverfront of                         bullet holes in the fa莽ade of the building
the whole district. A greenbelt is being                           were retained during renovation.
built along the Dongjiaojing River. It
contains underground equipment de-                                    The Scandinavian-style Moller Villa,
signed to store and purify rainwater.                              completed in 1936, harks to a castle out
Above ground, the parkland has become                              of Hans Christian Andersen鈥檚 fairy tales.
a popular site with local residents.                               Featuring multicolored tiled Gothic and
                                                                   Tudor steeples, gables and spires, it was
2. Museum first in Shanghai                 2                      a gift from British businessman Eric
                                                                   Moller to his daughter.
Family treasures and collections are on
show at the city鈥檚 first lilong, or neigh-                            The legendary Paramount ballroom is
borhood lane, museum, which opened                                 famous as the site where Charlie Chaplin
this month in Jing鈥檃n.                                             once danced, 鈥済olden voice鈥?Zhou Xuan
                                                                   once crooned and movie queen Hu Die
   Xiwang Garden Lane Museum is tucked                             famously got engaged.
away in the century-old Xiwang residen-
tial compound on Fengxian Road.                                    4. Street-side assistance

   Xiwang is a typical old-style Shanghai                          Anything can happen on the streets. It
lane neighborhood, where Chinese and                               can suddenly start to rain when you have
Western influences co-mingle. It houses                            left home without an umbrella. A food
12 Queen Anne-style buildings located                              delivery man may discover his mobile
on interconnecting lanes.                                          phone battery is dead.

   The history is related on information                              The Linfen Road Community has come
boards and in old photos in the museum.                            to the rescue. Its commercial commis-
Residents loaned some of the fam-                                  sion built a public services pavilion at
ily treasures to the museum, including                             the intersection of Linfen and Pingshun
Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) waist drums                               roads, providing free services from rent-
and toys from the 1930s.                                           als to charging gadgets and drinking

                                                                      It also helps disabled people to sell
                                                                   handicrafts they make.

                                                                   5. New 鈥榖ig data鈥?blood

                                                                   An Amazon Web Services鈥?subsidiary
                                                                   announced this month that it will build
                                                                   the Shanghai-Amazon AWS United In-
                                                                   novation Center in Jing鈥檃n鈥檚 Shibei High
                                                                   Technology Park, which hosts Shanghai鈥檚
                                                                   big data center and is a centerpiece of the
                                                                   鈥渟mart city鈥?project.

                                                                      Officials said the site will include an
                                                                   exhibition center and facilities to foster
                                                                   professional development in big data
                                                                   and international incubators.
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