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The Memory of a Generation

 

The old generation of Amoy residents called the area between Yanwu Road and Da Sheng Li railway “The harbor of Xiamen”. In which the most living and vivid places belongs to “SHA PO WEI”. This is the real harbor of Xiamen to those old Amoy people who lived their lives on ocean.

 

SHA PO WEI is not fading away like what those writers said, for hundred years she was expecting a real life of generations of Amoy people, and in the same time, writing a history of rising and down of Xiamen harbor and fishing industry, which marked this kind of Amoy harbor culture, safe haven, the wharf, the lighthouse, the workshop, the fishing boat, the temple, the building overhang, the downtown, the alley and so on visible characteristic facility and the invisible social usage and the characteristic flavor not yet disappears as time past.

 

We still remember the golden time of SHA PO WEI, every time when ship return to harbor people were busying preparing for the fishing market while those kids, were playing “hide and seek” among them. But this scene was so rare in these years, the old fishing market was now changing to the Art museum, there are only a few ships left in the safe heaven and this fishing village looks so indecent and ruined surrounded by those skyscrapers which eventually will disappeared some day.  

 

SHA PO WEI is an original place for many many Amoy people and also a place loaded with a lot of memories of generations. Now the city is planning to build a “SHA PO WEI Creation and Art District” and how we could better understand and create the new image of SHA PO WEI is a subject that we Amoy people should all participate.

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