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Yuyuan Malls look back over 400 years


Yuyuan Malls look back over 400 years

Traditional performances are staged at the Yuyuan Garden Malls.

Yuyuan Garden Malls is launching a retrospective event today to invite visitors to experience its historical vibes dating back some 400 years.

The dining and shopping facilities near the historic Yuyuan Garden originated from a prosperous temple fairmarket around the City God Temple and a drill ground in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Typical local-style woodblock prints named Xiaojiaochang, literally meaning “small drill ground,” depicted prosperity in the Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

The landmark site now plans to restore the bustling temple fairs of several centuries ago with traditional lantern shows, art performances, food bazaars and various events such as night jogging.

A series of shows and performances will feature upgraded classic decorations through until the end of the year. In July and August, most events will be held between 2pm and 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

Jiujiaochang Road, which means “old military drill ground,” will be renovated as a main attraction to highlight the history of the malls.

An immersive fair about traditional Chinese culture will be held along the 300-meter street.

Performers in traditional hanfu clothing will parade and interact with visitors. Their traditional clothing styles will be adjusted according to the solar terms and traditional festivals. Citizens and tourists are also encouraged to dress in hanfu to better experience the historical atmosphere.

“The event aims to bring the visitors back to some 400 years ago to feel the city’s historical temple fairs while learning about traditional Chinese culture,” a malls official said.