Fanshan (Zhejiang province, China) is one of those places that remind us that we cannot separate natural and cultural values when talking about heritage. This is an amazing territory shaped both by nature and by industry. Here, alum has been extracted and refined since the 14th century. The remains of such a long tradition of alum production can be seen through a vast territory. Its exceptional state of preservation lets us tell an industrial history somehow not as well-known as those of coal mining, iron and steel production, or the railways, among others. Fanshan is alum, tea, industrial heritage, beautiful landscapes, tasty food and fantastic people! Totally worth the visit.
A recreational railway to explore the mining village of Fudewan
Inclined plane in the 312 Adit
Abandoned and in use crystallisation ponds
To know more:
FENG, S.; QIAN, W.; CANO SANCHIZ, J.M. (2019): “A Primary Industrial Archaeology Survey of Wenzhou Alum Mine, Zhejiang Province in China”, Industrial Archaeology News 188, p. 8-10.