The municipal administration of Chengdu’s Qingyang district, capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province, is attempting to rehabilitate the area through urban renewal.
Many old housing developments have had their look and functionality modernized. One neighborhood, known as Huanhua, was developed in 1998 and will undergo improvements in 2021. “In addition to aging infrastructure, the old community mostly lacked convenient services, which we took into account during renovation,” officials said. They have added amenities for the elderly and children, and the road has been transformed into a nature fitness path.
As a site that carries the essence of Chengdu’s cultural origins, Qingyang district places a high value on cultural preservation during the urban reconstruction process. The Xunxiang Road project was launched by the district to replicate an outdoor plum blossom corridor mentioned in an old poem. “Fragrance lasts for ten kilometers from Qingyang Palace to Huanhuaxi,” said Chinese poet Lu You during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) when riding through the neighborhood and becoming enamored by the plum blossoms.
The project spans around 10 kilometers, with many plum types planted on both sides of the road. People may enjoy the scent of the blooms in full bloom in winter, just as Lu did 800 years ago. More historic streets have been designated as landmarks.
Kuanzhai Alleys, one of Chengdu’s best-preserved old alleyways, exemplifies the excellent combination of historical and contemporary business. It was built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and incorporates not only Chengdu culture but also fashion and entertainment businesses such as Sanlian Bookstore and POP Mart, drawing a large number of youthful people.
Citang Street, another historic street in the neighborhood, is now being renovated and will reopen at the end of the year. The street will be turned into a complex that will include an art gallery, an artist space, a new lifestyle teahouse, an immersive museum, and an art incubation park, offering people with a unique consumer experience. Citang Street is a vital component of Tianfu Cultural Park. Qingyang district is accelerating the revitalization of Tianfu Cultural Park and other cultural and tourism sites.