Last year, Minhang District planned to build an exhibition hall of water eco-civilization in Pujiang Suburban Park, for the purpose of helping citizens know about the rivers and lakes in Minhang, raising citizen’s awareness of water environment conservation and protecting valuable aquatic culture. Now construction for the exhibition hall has been completed. It will open to the public free of charge after the Spring Festival. Citizens could visit the exhibition hall after making reservation.
Spatio-temporal tunnel and photo spot: A lot of highlights in the exhibition hall
This exhibition hall is located in Pujiang Suburban Park (Address: No. 2578 Puxing Highway). Enter the park through Gate 5 and walk on a countryside road, visitors will soon find the exhibition hall.
Façade: White wall and black tile shows element of Chinese ink and wash painting
Brown and white are basic colors for the façade of this exhibition hall. The brown windows and doors are made of rot-proof wood. Pictures showing people living in harmony with nature could be seen on both sides of the whitewashed walls. These pictures look so primitive and natural. All of them are created with techniques of Chinese ink and wash painting.
Outside the exhibition hall, there are many pavilions and benches for tourists to take a rest.
Inside: Follow the murmuring stream and know about aquatic culture
The two-storey exhibition hall covers an area of more than 300 square meters. It comprises several functional areas: the lobby, rivers and lakes in Minhang District, culture of rivers and lakes in Minhang District, history of water environment treatment in Shanghai, events of water conservancy in China, stories of 10 rivers and 10 people and aquatic knowledge education base for teenagers.
All exhibition areas are connected with each other by a “river”. Symmetrically distributed “rivers” are flowing slowly on the ceiling and floor. Blue ripples and lights in the hall make these rivers look so lively.
In the lobby, visitors will see a relief sculpture of Ye Zonghang on the wall. Ye Zonghang was the magistrate of Qiantang County in the period of Yong Le in Ming Dynasty. He is not only an upright and honest official, but also an expert of water conservancy. He offered a lot of valuable advices for controlling flood. Several hundred years later, his advices have created good conditions for Shanghai to become an important port in East China, and proved to be very important for the development of water environment in Minhang.
In this exhibition hall, visitors will know about water culture and history of Minhang District. In a “spatio-temporal tunnel” for the culture of rivers and lakes, Min Min saw a lot of valuable cultural heritages, such as the three river systems in ancient towns: the Shaojialou river system in Pujiang Town, the Puhuitang river system in Qibao Town and the Hexiangqiao river system in Maqiao Town, as well as other aquatic cultural heritages, including ancient piers, bridges, wells and steles.
Oops, why there is a “Puhuitang River” in the exhibition hall? Actually, this is a model of Puhuitang River. Bridges, boats, houses and blooming lotus flowers could also be seen in the model. This is a photo spot for tourists. Visitors could take pictures under the background of a beautiful and charming water town in the south of Yangtze River.
If you want to know more about the water environment in Minhang, you could take a look at the sand table. It will be lit up by lights of different colors, and shows the location of rivers respectively administered by Shanghai, Minhang District, and towns and villages in Minhang, as well as the future planning of rivers in Minhang.
At the staircase, visitors will see patterns of ripples on the wall, and 29 events of water conservancy in China, such as the stories of Dayu to control flood and initiation of the river administrator system in 2017. On the other side of the wall, visitors will see the history of all-round water environment governance in China.
On the second floor, visitors will see 10 stories of 10 rivers and understand the effects of the river administrator system and the changes of water environment in Minhang.
On the same floor, there is an aquatic knowledge education base for teenagers. Parents could bring kids here to have a brain storming and answer questions related to water. They could also observe how a water purifier works and know about the process of water purification.
Other scenic spots in Minhang to know about aquatic culture
In addition to the exhibition hall of water eco-civilization in Pujiang Suburban Park, tourists could visit other scenic spots in Minhang to know about aquatic culture.
The Shaojialou river system is located in Shaojialou Ancient Town in Pujiang Town. Rivers extend in all directions in the ancient town, with the Yaojiabang River running through the center. Not-so-broad watercourse and slow-flowing streams run horizontally or vertically in the water town. The Bao’an Bridge connects the South Street with the North Street, and perfectly matches the narrow streets, low houses and stone bridges.
The Puhuitang river system is located in Qibao Town and matches well with the Qibao Ancient Town scenic spot. Sightseeing boats on the river and classic ancient architecture by the river creates a charming landscape of water town in the south of the Yangtze River. This water system is one of the most important landscapes of nature and culture in Minhang.
Apart from traditional landscapes of water town, such as small bridges over the flowing stream and houses by the river, the water culture in Minhang also contains modern, fashionable elements. The “Beaver’s Family” of Pujin Sub-district is an example. “Beaver” is pronounced as “He Li” in Chinese, literally means “in the river” and symbolizes harmony. To enrich the water culture of Minhang and highlight its features of water culture, Pujin Sub-district invited artists to create several cartoons on the wall by the river. These cartoons tell the stories of the “beaver’s family”. The artists use techniques of personification to show the routine life of local people.
Water has become an important part of our life. In these years, Minhang makes great efforts to improve water quality, eliminate black and odorous rivers and implement the river administrator system. Because the district has attached importance to governance of water environment, water environment in Minhang has seen earth-shaking changes. Minhang also explores elements of water and protects water cultural heritages, and makes the water culture another business card for the district.