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Xuhui District of Shanghai will turn its hundreds of outdated telephone booths into miniature libraries, electronic booths and other cultural venues, according to Shanghai Municipal Government.





The downtown district has a total of 637 telephone booths that were built across the city before the mobile phone era made them largely redundant. Many of the telephones still require an IC card that has almost disappeared in Shanghai.



Residents are complaining there are too many telephone booths but seldom used. Many of them are in poor condition due to lack of maintenance. The iconic red booths will be renovated, with their appearance being kept to retain the flavor of the old Shanghai streets. 



The first batch of 12 revamped booths will open to public by the end of the year in a trial operation to solicit ideas. While the telephones will be kept inside the booths for people to make emergency calls free of charge.



The cultural bureau that takes charge of the renovation project has several ideas for the revamped kiosks. Some of them will be turned into the “library booths,” where 60 or so books will be available for people to borrow. Under the plan, two telephone booths adjacent will be combined with a cylinder cabin placed between them to store the books which are available to the readers on both side, according to the bureau.



Other booths will become “celebrity exhibition halls” with photos and introductions about famous writers and artists who once lived in Xuhui. Notices in these booths will recommend visitors to see nearby former residences of celebrities such as the writer Ba Jin.



“Electronic booths” will allow users to listen to audio materials or to record their own voices. The local dialect could be heard in these electronic booths, as part of an effort to promote the distinctive language and culture of the city.



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Meeting Xuhui

Xuhui District is a district of Shanghai. It has a land area of 54.76 km2. Located at the southwest section of downtown Shanghai, Xuhui District is significant in its history, culture, and economy.




The Xuhui District is centered 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 neighboring former 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.



Xujiahui itself has been redeveloped as a commercial centre, with a proliferation of large-scale shopping centers 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 Soong Ching-ling and Sun Yat-sen's former residence. Yao Ming of Houston Rockets also grew up as a resident of the district.




revamp: v. 翻新;修补

kiosk: n. 亭子

cylinder: n. 圆筒;圆柱

observatory: n. 天文台;气象台

proliferation: n. 快速增长

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  • 来源:外教社 2017-08-29