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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Nanjing Road's tales of the unexpected

The new series of Nanjing Road column will explore a variety of historical buildings along the former Bubbling Well Road.
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Museum pays tribute to charitable hospital German built for Chinese

Paulun Hospital, founded by German doctor Erich Paulun more than a century ago, still has a profound history in China.
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Escape to Shanghai sowed the seeds of a modern Shanghai

This month marks the 100th anniversary of architect Laszlo Hudec's arrival in Shanghai. The renowned architect is now regarded as a "Shanghai symbol."
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Hotel stands tall in Hudec's achievements

If Shanghai was Laszlo Hudec's lucky city, People's Square was his lucky place. It's where the architect designed two masterpieces, the Park Hotel and the Grand Theatre.
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Apartment block a writer's haven and home to a murder mystery

Changjiang Apartments sits on a prominent location behind the Park Hotel at People's Square.
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Building for young foreigners became a cradle of world champions

The former Foreign YMCA building opened in the summer of 1928 opposite Shanghai Race Course, today's People Square.
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Wild idea proves a fine investment

The China United Assurance building designed by American architect Elliott Hazzard was built in 1926 on a site that many regarded as in the wrong place.
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Birthplace of China's national anthem

Huangpu Theater, a modern design with Chinese elements, was the product of Chinese architects who had studied in the United States. 
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Witness to police history in Shanghai

A red-brick building on the Shanghai Business & Tourism School campus used to house police officers responsible for maintaining social order before 1949.
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Cultural experience in a metropolis

The Yangsze Hotel at the corner of Hankou and Yunnan roads in Shanghai was unique in 1933, being invested, designed, constructed and managed all by Chinese
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