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Sixth National Games spawns new bustling Tianhe district

11-24-2010 16:41 BJT Special Report:Guangzhou Asian Games |

Guangzhou’s new urban central axis came into being on the eve of the Asian Games. The Tianhe Sports Center, where popular events including badminton and football at the Asian Games are held, is located at the center of Guangzhou’s new central axis. The Tianhe Commercial Area, the largest business zone in China, has taken shape around the Tianhe Sports Center and stands as a testament to the modernization and prosperity of Guangzhou.

The sports center was built on the original site of the Tianhe Airport, so it was named the Tianhe Sports Center. The Sixth China National Games held in November 1987 changed Tianhe tremendously, and turned a desolated area into a bustling metropolis during a period of only 20 years.

Tianhe Sports Center

The Tianhe Airport experienced bloodshed as well as glory

The location where the Tianhe Sports Center stands used to be the military-owned Tianhe Airport. In late 1928, the General Command Aviation Department under the Eighth Route Army of the National Revolutionary Army appropriated a sum of 400,000 silver dollars to build the airport near Tianhe Village in the eastern suburb of Guangzhou.

Although a building plan had already been made in 1928, the construction of the Tianhe Airport was interrupted by the Guangdong-Guangxi War and it did not fully start up until 1929. The construction of the airport was formally completed in 1930.

Tianhe Airport experienced bloody and fierce fighting during the War against Japanese Aggression. To protect Guangzhou, nine fighters from the Chinese Air Force in Guangdong Province took off from the Tianhe Airport and fought bravely against Japanese invaders.

After New China was founded in 1949, Tianhe Airport started to be used for civilian purposes. At present, it has become very famous for its aircraft repair team with their superior repairing skills. They successfully repaired many abandoned or damaged airplanes, which made Tianhe Airport a model for all airports in China at that time. The Tianhe Airport also became an aircraft maintenance and training center.

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