An Animated Journey Through Shanghai’s Industrial History

Itching for a good story and a does of Chinese history? Double points if you are a fan of Chinese animation! An animated movie called “Kiangnan” will air this October.


It’s a story about Shanghai’s industry a hundred years ago. In the late Qing Dynasty, a young man name Lang, who grew up in one of Shanghai’s longtangs, enters the Jiangnan Machinery Manufacture General Bureau as an apprentice. It is there he begins his legendary adventures, growing into a top specialist and fighting spies.



Jiangnan Machinery Manufacture General Bureau was a famous factory of the time. It was one of the first professional translation outlets for science and technology and vocational institutions.



The movie also shows the landscape of Shanghai at that time, with settings like the Bund, Chenghuang Temple, billowing factories, and even naval battles.


If you want to explore more about Shanghai’s industrial history, here are several resources for your perusal!



CSSC Pavilion


Address: No. 800 Miaojiang Road, line 8, at South Xizang road



Power Station of Art



Address: No. 678 Miaojiang Road, Huangpu district





Editor: Zoey