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Minsheng Port

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2014-05-19

Two giant grain silo complexes jut 50 meters into the sky at this century-old Huangpu River port.

One silo, with a capacity of 80,000 tons, used to be the largest grain silo in Asia and once stored grain for Shanghai.

It’s near a bamboo forest.

Minsheng Port still contains several red brick Victorian warehouses with Art Deco iron doors, first built by the British from 1907 to 1925. Most of the historic warehouses were demolished and replaced by new ones years ago, but the remaining structures are well preserved.

The complex, covering 100,000 square meters, is rugged with a bit of industrial chic, softened by time and the riverside scenery in the background.

Plans call for the port to be renovated into a cultural hub, catering to many interests, including art, music, theater, cinema and dining. Artists’ studios and workshops will be opened there.

During the reign of the Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the British shipping Blue Funnel Line purchased the predecessor of Minsheng Port.

In the 1920s, the port was acclaimed as the most advanced in East Asia.

“We have been pondering this development project since 2005, when the silos were closed,” says Li Baoqi, general manager of the Huangpu River Group Minsheng Branch.

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