On March 20th, 2019, National Culture Heritage Administration officially announced that the Tea Road was included into UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. The Tea Road covers China's eight provinces and region, including Hubei, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Henan, Shanxi, Hebei and Inner Mongolia. And Hankou Russian Businessmen Building Groups and Hankow Dazhimen Railway Station were included in the world heritage declaration sites, which are both located in Jiangan district in Hankou,Wuhan.
Hankou Dazhimen Railway Station (photo by Gao Yushan)
The Tea Road once wove its way to Europe via Asia from the 17th century to the early 20th century，known as an international tea trade route after the decline of the ancient Silk Road. In addition, it is an important carrier for the spreading of culture and agriculture civilization from the east to the west and a culture route for human’s connectivity.
Hankou Russian Businessmen Building Groups consists of eight parts, including Xintai foreign firm buildings, Orthodox Church, Yuantai foreign firm, Fengshun tea bar and others. These buildings were established with style of western architecture after the large scale of tea trade by Russian businessmen since 1862. The buildings became important witnesses for tea trade between the two countries.
Established in 1900, Hankou Dazhimen Railway Station (also named Beijing-Hankou railway station) with its characteristics of French classicism architecture, is a hub of China’s south-north railway line. Since the officially operation of Hanson Dazhimen Railway station in 1906, it was the main train station for the transportation of tea export.
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