China News Service, Hangzhou, October 2nd, title: Hangzhou Canal Tour "November" on the new: old oil depots become new parks, old wharfs and new business formats
Reporter Wang Titu
In the near future, when people walk along the Hangzhou Canal in Zhejiang, they can see cruise ships and yachts passing through them; they can take inland yachts at Wulinmen Wharf, one of Hangzhou's landmarks, to visit important points along the canal such as Xiaohe Park...
Photo by Bao Shenghui of Xiaohe Park
As one of the landmark projects of the Grand Canal National Cultural Park, Xiaohe Park opened to the public on October 1.
This also means that the 30.4-kilometer canal along the canal in the main urban area of Hangzhou, Zhejiang has been fully connected.
It is reported that Xiaohe Park is located in the former Sinopec Xiaohe Oil Depot in Gongshu District, Hangzhou, covering an area of 4.94 hectares. The design team of internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma undertakes the overall design of the project.
Sinopec Xiaohe Oil Depot, located at the "confluence of three rivers" of the Grand Canal, Yuhangtang River and Xitang River, was built in the early 1950s. It is also an important witness to the historical changes of the canal.
With the deepening of the protection, inheritance and utilization of the Grand Canal in Hangzhou, the Xiaohe oil depot area has ushered in planning and functional adjustments, and the Xiaohe Park has been built and the riverside channel has been connected.
The reporter learned that Xiaohe Park includes warehouse art and culture exhibition area, cultural and creative area, landscape dock area, etc. It has opened up the only breakpoint of the canal trail in Gongshu District, making it fully connected, connecting Dadou Road, Qiaoxi and Xiaohe. The grand historical and cultural block, and highlights the canal culture, the small river culture, and the oil depot culture as the link, organically connecting the Grand Canal, the small river historical block and the relics of industrial buildings from different dimensions.
Walking into Xiaohe Park, there are many new literary and artistic landmarks that come into view.
On the basis of reinforcement and renovation, the three remaining oil tanks have added thousands of holes of different sizes to create a pioneering and fashionable artistic light and shadow effect, which together with the newly built "oil tanks" by the dock form a "big lantern" .
At the same time, the greenway runs through the park's oil tanks, historical buildings, old machines and other characteristic attractions. The linear park road paving and the network-like road movement line up with the overall design of the park, which not only has a nostalgic atmosphere of the years, but also reveals a sense of nostalgia. The fashion of the times.
In addition, the uniquely designed cloud shed at the top of the park connects the landscape nodes of the whole park with mesh ETFE film, which skillfully connects the independent blocks in the park into a whole. Walking through the forest with light and shadow experience.
It is worth mentioning that Xiaohe Park is an important livelihood project. The completion of the park has promoted the connection project from Sanbao Ship Lock to both sides of the canal south of Shixiang Road, and opened up the last section of the traffic road in the main urban area of Hangzhou, allowing residents along the route to stroll. Greenways on both sides of the canal provide convenience.
If the completion and opening of Xiaohe Park is a new place for citizens and tourists to stroll along the canal, then the upgrade and return of Hangzhou Wulinmen Wharf is to provide citizens and tourists with more experience of water canal tours.
Photo by Bao Shenghui of the upgraded Wulinmen Wharf
Hangzhou Wulinmen Wharf is an important transportation hub for the Hangzhou section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and an important window for displaying the image of the Grand Canal and Hangzhou.
At the beginning of this year, Hangzhou Canal Group launched the Wulinmen Wharf upgrading project.
On October 1, the long-awaited Wulinmen Wharf returned.
Now, when I go to the Wulinmen Pier, the biggest change is the hydrophilic platform along the canal. The original dark hydrophilic space has become an L-shaped corridor with a roof, which is more spacious and brighter than before. Standing on it, the canal is even better. Comfortable.
"This hydrophilic platform is about 4 meters wide. We specially made a white membrane roof, which not only has the function of sheltering from wind and rain, but also is very beautiful. The whole is modern and holiday style." The relevant person in charge of Hangzhou Water Development Group Co.
In addition to the changes in the landscape, the renovated pier has also increased from the original 2 berths to 5 berths, which can accommodate more ships of different sizes.
The reporter also learned that in the future, in addition to the existing water buses, Caoboats and other canal cruise ships, in the future, there will be river yachts joining in, berthing and sailing here.
In addition, in the future, Hangzhou Canal will build a variety of aquatic products and create a brand image of "water life", such as focusing on creating interactive water tourism experience products, introducing fashionable and trendy products such as Song Yun performances, immersive performances, and concerts, and creating afternoon tea. , boat dishes, French feasts and other special catering, and innovatively develop international high-end products such as yachts.