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A fragrant oasis of green among the high-rises
11/28/2018

 

The New Hongqiao Central Garden, a haven surrounded by high-rise buildings, is expected to become the first intangible heritage complex in Shanghai.

 

 

 

 

A pavilion of traditional incense culture will be opened in the garden. A mid-lake pavilion will exhibit incense burners, joss sticks and everything in connection with burning incense.

 

There will also be courses for free and free events.

 

 

 

 

Burning incense while worshiping is a long-standing practice in China. It is believed that the burning incense brings people’s prayers directly to the deities above. It also helps meditation.

 

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, crowds of believers pack in front of some auspicious temples to “light the first incense.”

 

 

 

 

The “first incense” is the one first placed into a censer in the New Year. By lighting the first incense, people believe they are accumulating the greatest merit and therefore will receive the most blessings in the forthcoming year.

 

 

Joss sticks are made from powdered sandalwood and Chinese herbs. While making joss sticks, craftsmen dip bamboo sticks in water, stir them with the mixed powders, and flap the sticks to make the powders stay on them. Later, the craftsmen need to dye and dry these sticks before they reach the hands of believers for dedication to deities.

 

 

 

 

The establishment of the incense culture pavilion initiated the combination of intangible heritage and public green space. Changning is a forerunner in the preservation of intangible heritage in Shanghai. It is consolidating a system for the preservation of the intangible heritage while the district experience center of intangible heritage plays an iconic role of Changning’s public cultural services all the time.

 

 

The New Hongqiao Central Garden is now open around the clock with upgraded facilities.

 

 

The park management installed 208 lawn lights and replaced the old bulbs of 106 pole lamps with LED lights to improve lighting.

 

 

 

 

Twenty-five security guards together with 155 high-resolution surveillance cameras as well as six emergency alert systems have been in position.

 

Overnight sleeping in the park is prohibited. Facial recognition systems have been installed at all the three entrances and connected with the police network.

 

 

 

 

One restroom close to the Hongqiao Road is open 24/7 while the other two are available through 9:30pm.

 

The 130,000 square meter park to the east of Gubei Road, south of Yan’an Road W., west of Yili Road and north of Hongqiao Road is shaded by pleasant trees while ducks and swans swim happily in an 11,000 square meter lake in the center of the park.

 

 

 

 

Office workers who take Metro Line 10 can reach their offices in the vicinity in less than five minutes if they take a shortcut through the park.

 

Whether a town serves businesses or residents is not only about well-developed urban functions, beautiful skylines or buildings in different styles. It is also about creating a pleasant environment for all.

 

Central gardens scattered across a town form another indispensable landscape outside the reinforced concrete to provide a space for the body and soul of those living and working in the busy metropolis.

 

 

 

 

So, Changning authorities have planned to renovate a number of parks in the district, demolishing walls and fences to open them all the time and let them merge with the surroundings in harmony.

 

 

Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily

 

 

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