Chengdu's past lives on in the temples and parks in the old outline of the imperial city. Taoist and Buddhist temples and monuments to Song poets and politicians contrast with the city's modernisation. Instead of tearing down the old to make way for the new, Chengdu is preserving as much of its history as possible, keeping a link between the modern metropolis, the Qing dynasty imperial seat, the Shu era capital and the misty Neolithic past as represented by the Sanxingdui and Jinsha archaeological sites. The old Shaocheng - former residence of Manchu nobility, Nationalist landlords and communist-era workers - is being renovated. The neglected lanes of the past are to be paved in cobblestones and the buildings dressed in new bricks. The lanes, Kuanxiangzi, Zhaixiangzi and Jingxiangzi, will give locals an opportunity to share with visitors from around the world their hometown's rare blend of the traditional and the modern.