Park that boasts a huge history
From：Shanghai Daily Writer： Date：2017-02-17
The Guangfulin Relics Park in Songjiang District — where Shanghai's earliest known residents lived some 4,000 years ago — will open in May, the district government said.
The park built on the Guangfulin archeological site about 4 kilometers from Sheshan Hill will include museums, exhibition halls and farmlands. A water town outside the park will provide traditional Chinese style accommodation.
The east part of the park will initially open in May while the whole site will be open around October, according to the government.
The archeology site was first discovered in 1958 by farmers dredging a new waterway for irrigation. Archeologists began excavating the site in 1961, finding a large volume of pottery vases, spinning wheels, cooking vessels, weapons and tools.
A 24-centimeter-high bronze ritual vessel from the Western Zhou Dynasty (around 11th century-770 BC) was discovered a few years ago.
Chen Jie, an official with Shanghai Museum who has led the digging, said the Guangfulin site has proved the city was a cultural center thousands of years ago rather than a fishing village with a history only stretching back a few hundred years.
The new park will have about 20 museums and memorial halls, including a Museum of Guangfulin Archeological Remains.
About 400 pottery vessels for ritual, religious and daily uses will be exhibited in a porcelain exhibition hall. The historic vessels date back from the late Neolithic period through to the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Some of the buildings in the Guangfulin park are also built with bricks, tiles and wooden posts up to 100 years old collected from nearby villages.