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.
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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