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Obsolete container renovated into book house



A book house renovated from a container has been set up in Yaojing Village of Songjiang District for villagers to launch cultural activities.

The book house, named “Wang Tian (literally means facing the cropland),” consists of two floors. The upper floor is a large balcony, with tables and chairs for villagers to chat and rest. The ground floor, also its major part, has bookshelves, a reading space facing the cropland and a cafe.

“The reason for setting up the book house,” said Chen Xiangying, Party secretary of Yaojing Village, “is to provide a cultural exchange space for the villagers.”

According to Chen, the Egret Poetry Club of the village has been around for a long time, but club members lacked a permanent space for launching activities.

During a regular village event, an object drew the attention of Chen and his colleague – an obsolete container.

Someone suggested that the container could be renovated into a cultural venue, and Chen felt it could be worked out.

Through efforts made by the village government and some rural entrepreneurs, the container achieved its “brilliant metamorphosis” and was inaugurated recently.

Now, under the blue sky and near the golden cropland of the village, the orange book house is attracting parents and kids, and people on road trips to camp here.

During a recent Chinese character cultural festival launched at the book house, ten people with aspirations on rural development gathered to discuss rural revitalization of Yaojing Village.

“We’re exploring on guiding tourists and resources from downtown Shanghai to Yaojing Village through culture and art. And the Wangtian Book House provides a good trial,” said one festival organizer surnamed Zhang.

“The book house is a good endeavor on making use of stored resources and limited funds to carry out rural revitalization,” said Chen.

In the future the book house will be cultivated into one of public cultural centers of the village, according to Chen.

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