Xuhui District

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Xuhui
徐汇区
District
Xujiahui Business District
Xujiahui Business District
Xuhui in Shanghai
Xuhui in Shanghai
Country China
Region Shanghai
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)
Xuhui District
Chinese 徐匯
Postal Map Siccawei

Xuhui District (simplified Chinese: 徐汇区; traditional Chinese: 徐匯區, Shanghainese: zi1we3 chiu1, Mandarin pinyin: Xúhuì Qū), formerly romanized as Siccawei, is a district of Shanghai. It has a land area of 54.76 km² and a population of 982,200 as of 2008.[1]

The Xuhui District is centred on Xujiahui, after which it is named. Xujiahui was historically land owned by Ming dynasty bureaucrat and scientist Xu Guangqi, and later donated to the Roman Catholic Church. Being the core of Catholic Shanghai, the Xuhui District formed, together with neighbouring Luwan District, the former French Concession of Shanghai. Vestiges of the French influence can still be seen in the St. Ignatius Cathedral of Shanghai, Xuhui College, the Xujiahui Observatory, and some remaining boulevards and French-style districts.

Parts of today's Xuhui District were once the premier residential districts of Shanghai. After the revolution, however, the large estates near Xujiahui were turned into factories.[citation needed] In the 1990s, the Shanghai municipal government developed the district as a commercial zone.[citation needed] A once-prominent commercial area in the district was the Xiangyang Crafts and Gifts Market, a haven for souvenirs and intellectual property-infringing products; it was closed on June 30, 2006 by municipal authorities.

Xujiahui itself has been redeveloped as a commercial centre, with a proliferation of large-scale shopping centres and department stores. Now it is a major shopping destination in the city, with shopping malls such as Grand Gateway Shanghai and Pacific Sogo.

The educational tradition begun by Jesuits in Xuhui continues with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the premier university in China. The district also has some of the best secondary schools in the municipality, such as South West Weiyu Middle School, Shanghai High School and Nanyang Model High School.

A number of former residences of prominent personalities remain, including Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen's former residence. Yao Ming of Houston Rockets was a resident of the district.

Xuhui District has 10 sub-districts and two townships.

Economy[edit]

Home Inn has its headquarters in Xuhui.[2] Toei Animation Shanghai has its head office in Unit 807 of Feidiao International Plaza in the district.[3]

Education[edit]

International schools:

Subdistricts and town[edit]

Subdistricts: Hunan Road Subdistrict (湖南路街道), Tianping Road Subdistrict (天平路街道), Fenglin Road Subdistrict (枫林路街道), Xujiahui Subdistrict (徐家汇街道), Xietu Road Subdistrict (斜土路街道), Changqiao Subdistrict (长桥街道), Caohejing Sudistrict (漕河泾街道), Kangjian New Village Subdistrict (康健新村街道), Hongmei Road Subdistrict (虹梅路街道), Tianlin Subdistrict (田林街道), Lingyun Road Subdistrict (凌云路街道), Longhua Subdistrict (龙华街道).

Town: Huajing (华泾镇).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and Employment". shanghai.gov.cn. Shanghai Municipal Government. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Investor Relations Home." Home Inn. Retrieved on February 18, 2013. "Headquarters Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. No.124 Cao Bao Road, Xu Hui District Shanghai 200235, PRC" - Chinese address: "上海市徐汇区漕宝路124号"
  3. ^ "AFFILIATED COMPANIES." Toei Animation. Retrieved on November 17, 2011. "Unit807, Feidiao International Plaza, No.1065, Zhaojiabang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai, China"
  4. ^ "Contact Us" (Archive). Shanghai Singapore International School. Retrieved on July 31, 2013. "XuHui Campus (Preschool / Primary) 1455, Hua Jing Road, XuHui District, Shanghai PRC 200231"
  5. ^ "徐汇区-行政区划网 www.xzqh.org" (in Chinese). XZQH. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 

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Coordinates: 31°11′N 121°26′E / 31.183°N 121.433°E / 31.183; 121.433