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A New Update for a Ningbo Institution | 宁波地标新动向

Written by (作者): Kiko Shi 施静敏

 

Ningbo Chenghuang Temple is one of the largest temples dedicated to a city god in China, having been built in the early years of the Ming Dynasty. Today, the temple has been changed into one of Ningbo’s best shopping areas where visitors can find all sorts of goods and knick knacks from clothes to daily goods and knock offs.

Chenghuang Miao, or the Temple of the City God, was constructed in 1371 as requested by the Hongwu Emperor. Al though destroyed in later years, it was reconstructed during the Qing Dynasty in 1884. Today, it forms a popular shopping and eating spot in Haishu District.

To the north, visitors are welcomed by a large, traditional ceremonial gate that hovers over Kaiming Street facing Tianyi Square. Two streets, Kaiming and Xianxue, cut Chenghuang Miao into fourths. The market cur rently consists of two structures: the original temple and current market for cheap goods, and a shopping center with food stalls and brand stores. The shopping center is currently being reincarnated as 1371 Chenghuang Shopping Center, its new name being a nod to its Ming Dynasty roots.

Once reconstructed, the whole shopping center will have 3 floors with an underground floor for video games and knick knacks. The first floor will feature gold and jewelry; the second will have exhibition rooms for tourism and leisure products, particularly Ningbo-related; the third floor will have an expansive food market; and the roof will have a public garden.

The shopping center will have a business area of 20 thousand square meters. The third floor will not only offer Chinese street snacks and fare, but food from around the world. Plus, it will serve as a 24-hour cafeteria going into trial operations this May. The construction of the new Ming-inspired exterior fa?ade and the 3800 square meter garden will begin in June. The new structure with its rooftop garden with pavilions and fountains will hopefully bring people back to the Ming Dynasty in style.

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建造于明朝初期,宁波府城隍庙是中国现存规模最大的城隍庙之一,如今,已经成为宁波最大的购物中心。在那里,游客可以买到各种各样的商品和小玩意儿,从服饰到日用商品再到高仿品,应有尽有。

公元1371年明太祖朱元璋下旨建造了宁波府城隍庙。虽然一度遭到毁坏,但在清朝年间(1884年)又重建起来。现在,它成了海曙区热门的购物和饮食圣地。

在北面,迎接游客的是一扇大型的传统仪门,位于开明街上,面朝天一广场。开明街和县学街将城隍庙分割成四个部分。

城隍庙当前的状态是店铺和货摊并存的大杂烩,很快就将以“明州一三七一城隍商城”的形式重新开放,其名字里的“一三七一”即取自它的始建年份。

重建之后的购物商城总共有三层楼,外加提供休闲娱乐和潮流服饰的地下一层。一楼是黄金珠宝业;二楼将会打造成一个明朝城隍小镇,汇集宁波的老字号品牌和特色传统手工艺;三楼是美食中心;屋顶将打造成一个空中花园。

新的城隍商城经营面积近2万平方米。三楼美食中心除了过去城隍庙的特色小吃外,还将有新的世界各地美食。为了配合宁波打造月光经济,他们计划把商城的餐饮等业态打造成一个24小时营业的消费场所,于今年5月进入试营业阶段。

城隍庙商城的外立面改造和3800平方米的空中花园的建设预计今年6月动工。希望带有阁楼和喷泉的空中花园能将游客带回明朝。

Bio

Kiko Shi is 27 and lives and works in Ningbo as an English teacher and writer. She is outgoing, open minded and loves reading, swimming, cycling and exploring the city. Her public page, “That Girl Who Loves Writing” is updated weekly with her original writings. You can scan the QR code to check it out.

施静敏,27 岁,是一个在宁波生活的英语老师。她性格外向、思想开放,热爱阅读、写作和骑车探索这座城市。她的公众号“那个写字的姑娘”会每周更新原创文章,如果感兴趣的话可以关注。

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