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Tuesday 26 June 2018鈥?Shanghai Daily Cultural and Natural Heritage Day Blueprint for Students delight in shadow puppetry a global hub Li Qian In urban areas, the old There were challenges. of commerce folk art has been largely The youngsters had some About 20 students from forgotten. But Wenlai trouble understanding the and services the Shanghai Wenlai Exper- School revived the heri- local accents of the puppe- imental School performed tage, with the cooperation teers and found traditional Li Qian traditional piyingxi, or of professional puppe- tunes associated with the shadow puppetry, at the teers, to teach students art form hard to sing. Jing鈥檃n has released a three-year devel- Jing鈥檃n Cultural Center how to make puppets and opment plan to cap Shanghai鈥檚 ongoing on June 9 to celebrate Cul- perform shows. 鈥淲e listened to the campaign to promote city brands of tural and Natural Heritage students and made ad- manufacturing, services, shopping and Day. Dozens of students have justments to suit their culture. joined the project. They voices and abilities,鈥?said Shadow puppetry is an include six-grader Chen the school鈥檚 vice president The plan envisions Jing鈥檃n as a world- ancient form of storytell- Chuyue, who has been Yang Juan. 鈥淲e also took class commercial hub, smart industry ing that originated in the studying puppetry for two their suggestions into center and cultural zone, along with its royal court about 2,000 years. consideration when writ- reputation as an eco-friendly district years ago. Puppeteers ing a play. Our shows are with a comfortable lifestyle. stand behind a backlit 鈥淚 didn鈥檛 know anything adapted from popular car- paper or cloth screen, about it at first, but I toon series or inspired by Jing鈥檃n was designated to spearhead manipulating the puppets thought it might be inter- trendy topics, and we use the reform of Shanghai鈥檚 services sec- using wooden sticks. esting, so I joined in the popular songs.鈥? tor in 2010. A diverse set of suggestions class,鈥?she said. has been submitted to help the district achieve that goal, including simplifying Classic Chinese dress on the catwalk administrative procedures, introducing incentives to attract professional talent Li Qian cheongsam-making. The cheongsam on display 鈥?Jiang Xiaowei and enhancing the historical preserva- 鈥淲e hope to provide a chan- tion and reuse of old buildings. For their tribute to Cultural Kong,鈥?said exhibition orga- by marriage was a Soong and Natural Heritage Day, stu- nel for today鈥檚 young people nizer Jeanette Zee, 78. 鈥淭his cousin. By 2020, the added value of the servic- dents from the Shanghai YF to appreciate the cheongsam,鈥? time, I selected 29 cheong- es industry in the district is forecast to Vocational and Polytechnical said the school鈥檚 teacher Tao sams from my collections, Her two favorite pieces in increase 7 percent a year. The plan calls School took to the catwalk. Jiaojiao. 鈥淲e also hope some and 23 of them were worn the exhibition were worn by for 80 regional corporate headquarters of the students will one day by the three Soong sisters Chang Lo-yi, the wife of T to be located in Jing鈥檃n by that year. They wore exquisitely em- work here so we can keep and their relatives dozens V Soong, brother of Soong broidered cheongsam made alive this lovely tradition.鈥? of years ago.鈥? Ching Ling. The district boasts that its services by skilled craftsmen, along industries are top tier. It is seeking to with self-designed pieces that In March this year, the Zee is a distant relative 鈥淐hang loved wearing improve the allocation of global resourc- mix the traditional with mod- school opened a cheongsam of the Soong family. Her cheongsams, and she insist- es, including investment, technology ern style elements. exhibition hall at the school, great-grandfather Yan Xin- ed on wearing them at public and professional talent, according to Xu displaying masterpieces and hou was a business leader in events,鈥?Zee said. 鈥淭he two Xingli, deputy director of Jing鈥檃n Devel- 鈥淚 didn鈥檛 know much about students鈥?works. old Shanghai, and an uncle pieces on display feature opment and Reform Commission. cheongsam before learn- fine pearl embroidery.鈥?ing how to make the dress,鈥? The cheongsam was rede- Global service provider said Wang Qingyi, one of the fined in Shanghai in the early student models. 鈥淭he dress I 1900s, when it changed from a 鈥淛ing鈥檃n will play a vital role in the net- am wearing today is the one loose-fitting, straight-line gown work of global services providers,鈥?she that I love most. It鈥檚 a tradi- to a body-hugging, one-piece said. 鈥淲e will provide strong support tional cheongsam on top and dress. It was highly praised by to cooperate with overseas institutions a modern fishtail dress on the Madame Soong Ching Ling as a and local exporters.鈥?bottom. It really made me feel symbol of the women鈥檚 libera- different when I put it on.鈥? tion movement. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network, a think tank based Wang is one of the students This month, nearly 30 in Britain鈥檚 Loughborough University, who took part in a tutoring cheongsams worn by Soong ranked Shanghai ninth on its list of project involving Longfeng, and her relatives were dis- advanced services providers last year, an 82-year-old cheongsam played at 600 Shaanxi Road N. noting its strong advantages and influ- maker based in Jing鈥檃n. to mark her 125th birthday. ence in the sector. The school invited master tailors from Longfeng to 鈥淚 have collected nearly 400 Since the services project began in give lessons in traditional cheongsams over the last Jing鈥檃n eight years ago, the district has decade from places like the become the first in the city to establish US, Canada, Japan and Hong a professional human resources services industrial park. It aims to nurture a Artist captures historical heritage in drawings skilled workforce for Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region. Li Qian So Zhang set about read- best way.鈥? An artist sketches a historical ing books and searching He has embellished his building at an event featuring a The district also forged a coopera- Z hang Yu ga n g, a n archives for information group of amateur artists on June 9. tive line with Customs to grant priority amateur painter from on the famous architect. work. One drawing shows status to nearly 20 imported brands, northeastern China who a group of celebrities, including Gucci and Zara, thereby re- settled in Shanghai in 鈥淚 found that Hudec was including Charlie Chap- ducing the chances of shipments being 2013, held a free exhibition a prominent man in the lin, in front of the Grand held up for inspection. this month to display his history of Shanghai archi- Theater. 40 sketches of buildings tecture,鈥?he said. Jing鈥檃n also aims to become a world- designed by Hungarian 鈥淚 want to bring the old class commercial hub. By 2020, the architect Laszlo Hudec. Zhang started to make back to life,鈥?he said. district鈥檚 retail sales are forecast to reach drawings of Hudec 80 billion yuan (US$12.36 billion) a year. Zhang was mesmerized buildings last year. His On June 9, he was by the city when he first portfolio includes the among a group of amateur Duty-free shops are expected to open arrived, especially the Grand Theater, the Park artists drawing historical along the bustling Nanjing Road W. Its side Bund. Hotel, the Sun Ke Villa buildings along Shaanxi streets are being upgraded with themed and the Catholic Sieh Yih Road N., including the shopping. The Qipu Road shopping area 鈥淎t first I drew sketches Chapel. English-style garden villa will be given a new lease of life via the on the Bund,鈥?he said. and former residence of introduction of South Korean designers. 鈥淥lder local residents 鈥淢any of the sites are Hong Kong tycoon Ho would stop and tell me not open to the public, Tung, and Juliet鈥檚 Balcony, At the same time, venerable old brands about the history of the and cameras just can鈥檛 an urban sculpture honor- based in Jing鈥檃n will seek to open outlets buildings. The name capture a whole scene,鈥? ing Shakespeare鈥檚 鈥淩omeo in foreign countries. Hudec kept cropping up. he said. 鈥淪o drawing is the and Juliet.鈥? The district is seeking to become a 鈥渕useum without borders鈥?by mo- bilizing its cultural and historical resources. In the business realm, Shibei High Technology Park will work hard to de- velop new technologies and start-up companies with global potential, ac- cording to the three-year plan.