Gongshu District will speed up the reconstruction of banks of the Grand Canal and the restoration of historic quarters in Qiaoxi area and around Xiaohe Street and Dadou Road, officials said at a meeting on Friday.
Qiaoxi area, about 7.83 hectares in size, will have shopping, sightseeing and recreational facilities after its restoration is completed later this year. Traditional workshops will not only sell arts and handicrafts, but also let visitors get hands-on experience.
A Grand Canal research institute will be founded in Gongshu and dedicated to the preservation of heritages and cultural resources related to the canal that runs from Hangzhou to Beijing.
Meanwhile, the district is planning to convert the vacant Hangzhou Iron and Steel Factory into a Sino-French cultural and creative industry park and build a theater, a stadium and a sports park on the canal.