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With history of more than 2,500 years, Yangzhou City once thrived in Ancient China as a major political, financial and trade center. This historical period had left the present-day Yangzhou with large number of historical treasures, splendid culture and natural sceneries that attract millions of tourists every year, and left everyone captivated by the city’s unique character.
In 2009, CDIA assisted the city government in preserving its rich cultural and natural heritage. It conducted pre-feasibility studies to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of its urban wetlands, and construction of a water treatment plant.
Eight years after, CDIA went back to the city to produce a video documentary of how the city government has taken forward the recommendations of CDIA in preserving their Old Town and developing the San Wan Wetland Park. The video production was carried out by CDIA’s Communication Specialist An Rubenecia and China Program Coordinator Chenzi Yiyang along with videographers Manja Wolff and Jochen Lohmann.
From the interviews and site visits, the team saw how the Old Town, which used to be an urban village in a state of decay; and the San Wan Wetland Park, which used to serve as dumping area for industrial waste are now bustling with locals and tourists who are attracted by the exciting sites and activities that both places could offer. These strongly indicate that the city government is ensuring that Yangzhou’s wealth from the past will thrive to benefit the present as well as future generations.
Watch out for the release of this new CDIA video in September 2017.