Jardine warehouses - timeless charm
2012-September-13 Source: www.lifeofguangzhou.com
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As a significant cradle of industry in early modern times, Guangzhou bears a deep imprint of industrial culture. Built in 1913 and located in Fangcun, Jardine Warehouses, still used as a grain store, is one of the cultural relics to witness this history.

Jardine Warehouses were once owned by Jardine, Matheson and Co., one of the British firms that engage in trade with China in as early as two centuries ago. They built warehouses and a wharf there, with an area of 137,000 sqm. Grain was the main goods stored in the warehouses and there were household articles and hardware products as well. During World War II, the Japanese army occupied the warehouses and used them as military depots. It was not until 1950 that Jardine Warehouses became under the control of the Guangzhou government.

Today, six of the warehouses and the wharf remain. Well preserved, the warehouses' red bricks stand out clearly against the blue sky. Steel framed top, tiled roofing and door decorations of baroque style make the architecture very special. Besides this, the exhaust outlets design is of a clever design to let out the air without letting in the sunlight and rain. And they still function well as the national grain reserve.

The six historic warehouses stand lofty and firm throughout. Bearing loads of grains year by year, they have never crumbled or had any major cracks or crevices in the walls. The small cracks in the terrace just look like some wrinkles of the elderly. Days go by, but the timeless charm remains forever. Jardine Warehouses form a fantastic scene along the Pearl River.

Editor: Miranda
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