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Photos tell story of city’s long history
From:Shanghai Daily  |  2020-06-10 08:29

In honor of International Archives Day, the Shanghai Archives publicized a set of documents yesterday on how the city has helped its citizens and other Chinese regions eliminate poverty over recent decades.

Over 200 historical documents, photos, artifacts and videos are displayed in an exhibition at the archives on the Bund and online.

The items, including many shared with the public for the first time, mainly showcase how Shanghai assisted other Chinese regions after the founding of the People’s Republic of China and especially after the Reform and Opening up, said curator Xu Weiwan.

These include the flood prevention campaign on the Huaihai River in the 1950s, the relocation of Shanghai factories to inland cities, the relocation of Shanghai Jiao Tong University to the west, relief efforts after the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 as well as the city’s assistance to the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province.

Documents on how Shanghai medical teams have assisted Wuhan City in central China’s Hubei Province during the novel coronavirus outbreak since February are also displayed, which is accessible on the official website of the city’s archives due to COVID-19 prevention concerns.

Many photos show the improvement of Shanghai people’s lives.

One shows how local people bought clothes at an outdoor bazaar on Huating Road in the 1980s, which is compared with newly taken photos during the city’s ongoing Double Five Shopping Festival.

Another two photos display barren lands at Xintiandi and Lujiazui during the 1980s, compared with the prosperity of the two areas today.

The COVID-19 outbreak reminds locals about a similar hepatitis A epidemic in 1988. A photo shows a long line of people waiting in front of the Xuhui District Central Hospital in the winter of that year.

Since its establishment in 2008, International Archives Day aims to raise awareness among the public of the importance of archives.

The city’s archives office yesterday launched two weeks of events to celebrate the occasion — including exhibitions, lectures and storytelling activities.