The Guangzhou Central Axis Chronicle is a fascinating docuseries that showcases the vitality of Guangzhou, an ancient capital with a history spanning thousands of years. After years of meticulous planning and construction, a new city axis line has emerged, stretching from Yanling Park in the north to Xinsha Island in the South China Sea, within the Haizhu district in the south. Divided into two distinct sections, the northern and southern parts of this central axis each possess their own unique characteristics. Through this captivating series, viewers will have the opportunity to witness the remarkable transformation of Guangzhou and gain a deeper understanding of its rich cultural heritage.
Episode 1: The growth Guangzhou, a city with a profound history, has quietly reached the end of the 20th century. From the millennium city axis to the old axis a hundred years ago, its development has been rapidly advancing as the provincial capital city at the forefront of reform and opening-up. The quality of life for its citizens is improving, but the expanding population has also overwhelmed the city, making urban renewal necessary.
The new central axis of Guangzhou, known as the 'Three Pagodas', features three striking high-rise buildings. These pagodas have taken over the symbolic role of the original Three Pagodas of Yangcheng, representing the city of Guangzhou. The connection between the old and new towers tells the story of the city's growth and serves as a landmark for its development.
Episode 3: Culture Located on the banks of the Zhujiang River, the Guangzhou Opera House stands as a remarkable landmark designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid. This architectural masterpiece is not only a testament to Hadid's genius but also a testament to the successful realisation of a few selected designs. Affectionately referred to as the 'double gravel', the Opera House's distinctive shape resembles two stones of varying sizes delicately perched on a hill. Its unique design and location make it an iconic symbol of Guangzhou's artistic and cultural heritage.