Jinshan Fengjing Town Becomes the First Ancient Shanghai Town “Renowned for History and Culture”

SHANGHAI, China, Sept. 27 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ — The General Office of the People’s Government of Jinshan announced today that on September 9, Jinshan Tourism Festival 2005 launched its opening ceremony in Fengjing Town. A significant part of the ceremony was devoted to celebrating the town of Fengjing being awarded the title of “Chinese Town Renowned for History and Culture.”

Several leaders were involved in the event. A leader from the Ministry of Construction made the official declaration of approval. Li Wuwei, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of Revolutionary Committee of Chinese Kuomintang (RCCK), Vice Director of Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress and Director of Shanghai Municipal Committee of RCCK and Li Yuyi, Secretary of Jinshan district committee jointly unveiled the “Chinese Town Renowned for History and Culture” nameplate.

Fengjing Town applied for the title at the beginning of last year and was the only ancient town in Shanghai that was approved by relevant state authorities.

In 2003, the Ministry of Construction and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage began selecting towns or villages across the country that are rich in cultural relics, significant in historic value or revolutionary commemoration or capable of reflecting the traditions and local features in different periods.

Concentrated architectural heritage, cultural relics, historical sites and traditional civilization characterize the ancient Fengjing Town. Fengjing town first appeared during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) as a market. It expanded to a town during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), giving it a history of approximately 1500 years. There remain four well preserved architectural structures built before the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911): Heping Street, Shengchan Street, Beida Street and Youhao Street.

It has been a significant commercial town famous for four delicacies — Ding’s Pig Feet, Yellow Wine, ‘Cakes For The Best” and dried bean curd. Although small, Fengjing Town has given birth to many great people. Since Tang Dynasty (618-907), 639 famous celebrities were recorded in history, including 2 number one scholars, 53 provincial level successful candidates and 125 city level successful candidates in the highest imperial examination before Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Jinshan Peasant Paintings renowned at home and abroad also originated here, which together with Ding Cong’s cartoons, Cheng Shifa’s traditional Chinese Paintings and Gu Rushui’s Weiqi, are called “Three Paintings and One Chess.” In 2002, Fengjing Town launched an ancient town protection program as well as a tourist resources development program. So far, over 10 scenic spots full of Wu and Yue cultural features (Wu and Yue were ancient names for Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) have been available to tourists. In the second half of thisyear, Fengjing will start protection and tourist development of its southern part in an all-round way.

About Jinshan District

Jinshan, one of the 19 districts (counties) of Shanghai, is located in the southwest of the city, north of the Hangzhou Bay and west of Zhejiang Province. It is situated at the hub of the economic region linking Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo, and is inside the geographic ring of the Yangtze River Delta that is only a two hours drive away.

Jinshan District has a total land area of 586 square kilometers (about 226 square miles), equivalent to that of Singapore, and a population of 550,000. It has rich natural and cultural heritages, including beautiful beach lines, famous traditional peasant paintings, black ceramic arts and crafts, and a world-renowned petrochemical base.

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