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Stage drama chronicles urban renewal along Suzhou Creek

Ti Gong

A stage drama about the urban renewal campaign along Suzhou Creek has premiered in Putuo District as part of the celebration for the centennial of the founding of the Communist Party of China.

The “Sons and Daughters of the Suzhou Creek” is running at the Putuo District Library. The original drama developed by the district’s publicity department and culture and tourism bureau chronicles the redevelopment of the industrial relics along the creek.

Since Shanghai opened its port in 1843, the creek has been the backdrop for dramatic landmarks in the city’s history. It is the birthplace of China’s earliest national industries.

Its industrial heritage left the creek’s water murky in the 1980s. Cleaning up the pollution and redeveloping its banks have been projects underway for years.

The district in Shanghai’s northwest downtown was once home to a large swathe of China’s earliest modern factories and…

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