Chongqing – Jiangbei district is located in the bank of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. Taking advantage of proximity to water and the convenience of shipping, Jiangbei has been a thriving and prosperous commercial district in Chongqing.
Jiangbei is working to develop into an international fashion center, not only endowed with natural beauty but also of unique temperament, which welcomes people from all over the world.
The memory of the ancient Jiangbei district
Jiangbei district has developed into a modern city from a city with a profound history. Following the steps nearby Jiangbeizui central business district, you can see a section of the old city wall near the riverbank, and the Baoding gate in the middle of the wall.
It stands at the foot of Chongqing Grand Theater and is located in Jiangbeizui central business area’s bustling financial center. Therefore, you might wonder what the origin of the ancient gate is?
According to the historical record, Jiangbei district has been a territory of Ba state (the ancient city before Chongqing) during the Shang and Zhou dynasties (approximately 1600 to 256 BC).
In 1745, Jiangbei district got its name since it was located at the north of the Jialing River. In 1798, the officials built an earthen city wall and enclosed Jiangbei city. By the reign of Xianfeng emperor (1851-1861), an entire Jiangbei ancient city stood.
The Jiangbei ancient city has ten gates, and the preservation of the best is the Baoding gate. Baoding gate was built in 1835, and its name in Chinese means “may God bless you.”
Today, Jiangbeizui central business district, full of high-rise buildings and fashion icons stands on where the old city is. As the opening highland and window of Chongqing’s interior, it’s one of the regions with the highest concentration of modern financial enterprises in the Midwest of China.
Moreover, the old gate, also become the symbol of the ancient Jiangbei city, quietly standing through time, inviting people to recall those past years.
The old communities were built into trendy neighborhoods
As a child growing up in a factory compound, Li Chuanbo noticed that the development of the city was squeezing the city’s existing public spaces, and the friendly neighborhood relationships were weakening. He wanted to fix that, so, he was inspired to build the Beicang project.
Beicang, formerly known as Jiangbei textile warehouse, was built in 1956 and has always been the production and logistics hub of Chongqing textile industry. After the decline of the textile industry in the 1990s, Jiangbei textile warehouse was abandoned.
In the process of building Beicang, Li Chuanbo used original materials such as blue bricks, wood, and old iron doors to decorate the architectural scenes, restoring the most authentic original scene here.
Since its opening, Beicang has been attracting tourists because of its nostalgic and fashionable characteristics. It can reach nearly 10 thousand visitors during holidays and art activities.
Today Jiangbei district is building more scenic spots to revitalize old buildings and blocks. Whether they’re creative, characteristic, cultural, historical or military-oriented, Jiangbei has a distinctive and unique section to express that slice of Chonqing, for you to discover.
Better cultural life
As the Chongqing Grand Theater settled in Jiangbeizui 10 years ago, the theater gradually became a popular place for citizens to enjoy world-famous performances. It has held Richard Clayderman‘s piano performance, Lisa Ono’s concert, Yang Liping‘s modern dance, and many more events.
Nowadays, it’s normal for Chongqingers to enjoy performances in the grand theater. Data shows that over the past ten years, Chongqing Grand Theater has organized more than 3,000 international and domestic first-class art commercial performances, with a variety of drama, magic show, symphony, and musicals. The theater has hosted nearly 4 million people, influencing the consumption habits and aesthetic level, or cultural education of citizens.
In the future, Jiangbei district will further develop the richness, effectiveness, and hierarchy of the cultural supply, to highlight the international character of the city and speed up the development of the area’s mix of natural beauty and unique temperament, as it welcomes people from all over the world.