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A walk on the mild side as winter cedes to springtime

March marks the doorway to springtime, and the advent of the annual cherry blossom season is a cheery reminder. At the Chenshan Botanic Garden, the fragrance of blossoms fills the air. The garden in Songjiang District contains more than 6,000 of the popular Japanese sakura trees.

Rundown areas set for a makeover

SONGJIANG has begun a relocation and renovation project in old downtown areas, which will affect 58 communities, six historic protection zones, families living in squalid dilapidated areas and six villages

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Robots for construction cleanup

ROBOTS were recently put to work in Songjiang sorting construction detritus. With giant “claws,” several of the yellow robots are operating at a construction site on Yanbang Road. The machines are 20

It’s time to bid winter farewell

A mother and son get out of the house for a spring excursion to pick berries in a hothouse at a farm on Kunggang Road in Songjiang.

Yes, Metro system still expanding

With the eastern extension project of Metro Line 9 to begin operation this year, Songjiang residents will find it easier and quicker to travel to the Pudong New Area across the Huangpu River. The extended

Training new hands to preserve history

CHINA’S first undergraduate-level school for the preservation and restoration of cultural relics has been established at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts based in Songjiang. China currently has

The beauty of old gets revival

CANGCHENG Old City, Songjiang Old City and Xiatang Village in Songjiang District were recently included in 44 historic protection zones designated by the Shanghai Bureau of Urban Planning and Land Resources. Cangcheng

Mouth-watering ways to welcome springtime and put winter out of mind

BLESSED with abundant waterways and rich farmland, Songjiang is feast of traditional cuisine. As spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to go on an outing to enjoy some of the seasonal delicacies for

Moonlake Hotel is an icon of modern art decor

NESTLED in an arm of Yuehu Lake and amid the green lushness of Sheshan Hill, the Homa Moonlake Hotel is proving a popular place for urban getaways and romantic interludes. Its modern art decor offers

Illiterate but illustrious, a man of architecture

Born into a family of four generations of carpenters and masons, Zhang Huilong was an icon of Songjiang architecture. At the age of 20, he was repairing ancient roof tiles. He also was proficient in

Giving archeological heritage a higher profile

THE eastern section of Guangfulin Cultural Relics Park, which is located about 4 kilometers from Sheshan Hill, will open in May, expanding the array of attractions in Guangfulin Countryside Park. The

Solo odyssey: as far as his feet could pedal

CYCLING knows no age. Zhu Junxian, 82, has been pedaling around China for 18 years and now holds the Guinness record for the “longest distance on a one-man bike” — covering a distance equal to twice the

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