Old photos show the history of century-old Chongqing
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- Shiqimen that was open and closed several times, the Old Drum Tower Administration, the Yuzhong peninsula more than a hundred years ago, the skating field and tennis court of Chongqing decades ago... According to Chongqing Evening News, recently, Chongqing Local History Institute officially changed its name to Chongqing History Institute and published a series of precious image materials of old Chongqing to reproduce the historical features of the city of mountains and rivers more than a hundred years ago.
Looking for precious historical materials around the world
Zhou Yong, president of Chongqing History Institute, said that in recent years, the Institute has collected a large number of precious historical materials about Chongqing from all over the world, which will be translated and studied by experts in the next few years, and will meet with citizens one after another. “At present, our research no longer focuses on Chongqing’s own historical data, but the whole world. Now the research aims to collect precious Chongqing historical data from all over the world, and enrich Chongqing’s historical treasure house.”
Zhou Yong said that the precious old photos released this time were collected from France, Britain, Japan, the United States and other countries by Zhang Zhenfei, a member of the Institute and chairman of Chongqing Institute of Returning Culture and Art, and it took five years.
The Old Drum Tower Administration unveiled its real look
Among the old photos released this time, what is particularly striking is the original look of the site of the Old Drum Tower Administration, which has now become a national key cultural relics protection unit: in the black-and-white photos, there were houses on the bustling streets, and at the end of the streets, a pavilion stood silently on the high platform, with its upturned cornices clearly visible.
At the same time, an old photo from Andersson’s “Far East Painting Collection” in 1930, even from a height, has preserved the prosperity near the old Drum Tower Administration.
According to historical records, the Old Drum Tower Administration was demolished when Chongqing expanded its urban area. An old photo collected by Zhang Zhenfei from 1936 captured this historical moment.
There was a skating field about a hundred years ago
Shiqimen that was open or closed from time to time is the historical witness of Chongqing’s core urban area for thousands of years. Of course, among the old photos released this time, there are many precious historical images of a series of old city gates including Linjiangmen, Tongyuanmen, Dongshuimen and Chaotianmen.
In these old photos, the citizens who carry water, the porters (Bangbang) in the mountain city nearly a hundred years ago, and the rickshaw pullers in old Chongqing all show up one by one.
Besides, Chongqing, as a famous historical city, is also as fashionable as Beijing and Shanghai. Girls in cheongsam skating field, young people who wear T-shirts and shorts on the playground, and citizens who are exercising with rackets on the tennis court all record the open and lively historical background of Chongqing. (Translated by Wang Junli, Fathom Language Limited)