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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'Gateway to 100 pleasures' was at forefront of city's entertainment

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Celebrated author's harmonious relationship with Art Deco building

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Fairy tale house provides happy ending for Shanghai children

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Building preserves and reveals secrets of the Freemasons

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Pioneering publisher assassinated for anti-Japanese stance

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Little-known apartments showcase Hudec's unique legacy

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Altruistic Englishman who invested in welfare of Shanghai

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The fascinating history of life of Pei and his family homes

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The Kwok brothers' Wing On Department Store and their twin wishes

Tucked away behind a stylish garden on Nanjing Road W., a pair of century-old white villas remain elegant, the homes of Chinese merchant brothers surnamed Kwok.
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Memory of Aili Garden lives on through its historical tales

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