On Nanjing Road Trail

It’s said if Bund was like a bow, then Nanjing Road was the arrow, flying westward which has been the direction that has guided Shanghai’s urban development. Many of China’s modern facilities made its debut here, such as the gas and electric lamps, trolley cars, elevators and skyscrapers. So after exploring the bow-shaped Bund, I decided to walk westward along the 19th-century Nanjing Road that is undergoing a 21th-century regeneration.
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Entertaining audiences in classic style

A 1930s cinema that is now today's cultural landmark, Shanghai Concert Hall is a rare surviving example of a Western classic building designed by Chinese architects.
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A new era for Shanghai Race Club building

The new Shanghai History Museum will display 1,000 exhibits telling the history of Shanghai. The largest exhibit, according to architect Tang Yu'en, is the building itself. 
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Surviving the regeneration of Nanjing Road

Looking forward to the opening of the Shanghai History Museum, Michelle Qiao continues her exploration of the history of one of the city's most historic thoroughfares. 
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The Sun: the show window of China

The Sun, which opened in 1936, is the last of the four big Chinese-owned department stores on popular Nanjing Road E. 
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Heading west: tracking the arrow of Shanghai

The first part of the journey focusing on the former Park Lane, today's Nanjing Road E. (from the Bund to Xizang Road) ends at The Sun building.
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Sun Sun Co profited from novel, fresh ideas

Sun Sun Co, the third of the four big Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road, thrived on innovative ideas, including a glass radio station. 
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Wing On towered over its rival Sincere Co

The Wing On Department Store, the second of four big Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road, overshadowed its immediate rival Sincere Co.  
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Sincere started the trend of women shop assistants

Sincere Department Store, one of the four Chinese-owned stores on Nanjing Road E. in the early 1900s, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. 
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A Continental landmark on Jiujiang Road

The Continental Bank built a new bank and office in the neighboring Jiujiang Road. 
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Continental Emporium failed to live up to its billing

The grand Continental Emporium seemed to be a promising project in 1931 but its investor, the Continental Bank, failed to recover its investment.
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