Ancient Jiading drives into the future

Updated: 2014-09-23 08:25

By Wu Ni(Shanghai Star)

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Ancient Jiading drives into the future

Old charm: Nanxiang Old Street is famous for old houses and xiaolongbao restaurants.[Photo by Li Zhuoxiang/for Shanghai Star]


From the rev-heads to the history buffs, Jiading has something for everyone. Wu Ni visits the town that is playing host to a plethora of events during the coming months.

With its winding canals, stone bridges, Confucius temple and centuries-old Fahua Pagoda, it is no surprise to learn that Jiading was a flourishing town as early as the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).

Today, the town located in northwestern Shanghai, draws visitors not only with its picturesque views and cultural heritage, but also its distinctive role as an automobile industrial hub.

From Sept 19 to Nov 2, Jiading will see a series of automobile-themed races, exhibitions and festivals. The World Touring Car Championship, Sports Car Champions Festival, the 2014 China Auto Salon Modified Cars Show, a triathlon competition and a beer festival, are just some of the events that will be held in the town.

Car fans may be drawn to Jiading by the top sporting events, but there is much more to explore in this ancient town.

Do you dream of being behind the wheel of a Grand Prix racer? Then do the next best thing and get behind the wheel of a kart at SIC Kart World. The facility boasts the country’s longest track at 1,234 meters and 18 corners with different speeds. Kart World is regarded one of the best in Asia Pacific. You can drive at a top speed of 120 km per hour and the safety facilities are also world class.

If that’s not exciting enough, then what about flying? The vertical wind tunnel near the Shanghai Circuit offers you the chance to experience the feeling of flying without the fear of falling from the sky.

Wear a helmet, protective goggles and a specially designed flying costume, then spread your arms in the flight cabinet, the air blower produces strong airflow and your body will gradually float off the ground.

Auto fans will be interested in visiting the Shanghai Auto Museum that exhibits nearly 70 classic and antique cars and tells the story of automobile technology.

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