Shanghai to get back to its roots

Guangfulin Cultural Relics Park in Songjiang District, which will open in the spring, will put the booming city of Shanghai in touch with its past.

Visitors will be able to discover for themselves the roots of the city’s culture, tourism authorities in Songjiang said yesterday.

Built on the Guangfulin archaeological site — where Shanghai’s earliest known residents lived some 4,000 years ago — the relics park will comprise museums, a pagoda, temples, exhibition areas and farmland.

The archaeological site was discovered by farmers in 1958 when they were digging for a new waterway.

Archaeological relics, including pottery, spinning wheels, cooking vessels and dishes, will be displayed, according to the original development plan.

Construction of the park and museum display is in the final stages, authorities said yesterday.

There will be three underwater cultural museums, the Fulin Pagoda that tells the story of how the archaeological site was dug, the Zhiye Temple, a cultural relics museum shaped like three jars, and a cluster of folk culture architecture.

The park is one of the city’s countryside parks. Other countryside parks include Langxia, Jiabei, Qingxi and Pujiang.