600-year-old Nanxincang recovers historical style

2017-08-11 16:26 千龙网

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Workers demolish illegal buildings at the Nanxincang area, Dongcheng district, Beijing, August 10, 2017. [Photo by Ouyang Xiaojuan/Qianlong]


Workers demolish illegal buildings at the Nanxincang area, Dongcheng district, Beijing, August 10, 2017. [Photo by Ouyang Xiaojuan/Qianlong]

On August 10, Dongsi subdistrict worked together with the urban management department to demolish illegal buildings and refill wall breaches at the Nanxincang area in Dongcheng district of Beijing.

According to Zhang Zhiyong, director of Dongsi subdistrict’s office, Nanxincang used to be the location of imperial granaries during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) with a history of more than 600 years. There were once 76 granaries within a rectangular wall during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795). Now only nine granaries remain at the northeast corner of the rectangular granary wall and the other areas are occupied by residential communities and hospitals. The west granary wall and the neighboring granary walls to the nine surviving granaries have been well preserved while the southern part of the east granary wall and the south granary wall have been seriously damaged.

An official from the district’s urban management department introduced that the No. 1 South Building used to be a part of the Nanxincang area and then to be a dormitory of a research institute. Around the year of 2010, some residents demolished the courtyards into two-story buildings without permission and some residents breached or demolished the granary walls for business, all of which brought great damage to the 600-year-old granary walls and an impact on the historical style of the Nanxincang area.

Therefore, the Dongsi subdistrict made a special renovation action plan to crack down on breaching walls for business, illegal buildings and unlicensed business in Nanmencang and Dongmencang hutongs. Statistics show that the action has managed 13 businesses, 38 wall breaches and five illegal buildings with an area of more than 500 square meters.

After the action, the subdistrict will build a 9-meter-wide and 500-meter-long street garden along the east side of the east granary wall so as to provide citizens with a place for leisure and fitness. Moreover, the garden will show the Grand Canal culture via sculptures and landscapes.

责任编辑:Ai Ting(QN0043)

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