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SONG JIANG | A Brief Introduction to Songjiang Cangcheng


12 May 2019 | By Yang Lei; Xian Yunqing; Wei Lingling | copyedited by Deng Boyin

  • Songjiang Cangcheng

  • Songjiang Cangcheng

  • Songjiang Cangcheng

  • Songjiang Cangcheng

  • Songjiang Cangcheng

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ongjiang Cangcheng, also called Yongfeng cangcheng, used to be a granary built in the south of the Dacang Bridge in 1433. In the Ming Dynasty, it became the largest grain storage in Songjiang Prefecture, an administrative region since the Yuan Dynasty. At that time, four gates were built in the city and on both sides of the river, houses and shops were row upon row. The grain trade was booming. When grains being transported to other places, many boats gathered together on the river and the traffic was very busy, which made a great spectacle. Then in the Qing dynasty, over a half of the grains of Songjiang Prefecture were stored in Cangsheng.

Cangcheng, which has witnessed the development of Songjiang in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is like a "living fossil" of culture, with more than a half of cultural relics of Songjiang in this area. According to the third national survey of cultural relics, there are 128 ancient buildings constructed in the Ming and Qing dynasties and in the period of the Republic of China in the historical and cultural area of Cangcheng, including Yiyuan, Du’s Carved Residence, Feihua House, Baosu Hall, Du’s Ancestral Hall and Zhao’s House as well as other well-preserved residential buildings. Besides, some ancient bridges like the First Bridge in the Clouds, the Sanxiu Bridge and the Dacang Bridge are still remained today.

In October 2005, Shanghai Municipal Government officially approved the plan of protecting Shanghai's historical and cultural areas and since 2008, the protective development of the historical and cultural area of Cangcheng has officially started. Today, the ongoing transformation of Cangsheng is mainly in accordance with the spatial pattern of "one river, two streets and five districts", in which “one river” means the Songjiang City River and “two streets” mean Zhongshan Road (West) and Xiunan Street.

There remain lots of historical buildings in Cangcheng Town. Mostly located along Xiunan Street and the old section of West Zhongshan Street, they are still conserved well with traditional outlook and thus present highly historic cultural value. The households living beside the river guard the traces of the bygone days. The typical one is Du’s Carved Residence.

The residence is constructed based on a Ming-Dynasty house and now seated in West Zhongshan Street. It represents the traditional residence of waterside villages in the South China. Its roof has a prominent hill-like decoration, and its wall is painted white in a plain style.  

Compared with others, its uniqueness lies in its richly carved indoor decoration which makes its wooden antiques so precious. There are many pieces of old furniture that date back to the period from the Ming Dynasty to the Republic of China, on display in the living room, the study and other rooms.

They create such an atmosphere that it seems the scenes of the past life unfolds right in front of us.

Nowadays, the residence is open for visitors and is applied as the Base for Teaching and Learning Intangible Cultural Heritage of the district. It serves for the local project of popularizing and passing on the knowledge as well as the skills of intangible cultural heritage.

The time I walking through Dacang Bridge was familiar yet different to me. I have been to ancient towns in Suzhou, Sichuan and Hunan Provinces, and this bridge reminded me of those happy times. Dacang Beidge connects two different places—on the one side there is a temple, and on the other side live people. The yellow, sacred place is accessible to everyone because of the bridge. With a length of 50 meters and height of 10 meters, the Dacang Bridge is featured with elements from the Ming and Qing dynasties. This is a typical arch bridge working by transferring the weight of the bridge and its loads partially into a horizontal thrust restrained by the abutments at either side. It was built by ancient Chinese engineers, and these old antiques match perfectly with the surrounding and are committed to bridge aesthetics and architecture aesthetics of China. Furthermore, they have given an image of everlasting value. 

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