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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Memory of Aili Garden lives on through its historical tales

The Shanghai Exhibition Center was constructed on the site of a decayed garden belonging to Jewish tycoon Silas Aaron Hardoon.
Spanish-style Art Deco building still projects grandeur of old Shanghai - Art & Culture in China
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Spanish-style Art Deco building still projects grandeur of old Shanghai

Tucked away in a residential compound on Nanjing Road W., the Hua Ye Apartments (Cosmopolitan Apartments) is shaped like a Spanish castle, towering above the alleyway houses.
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Timeless majesty of Robert Fan's theatrical masterpiece

The Majestic Theatre is a signature work of Chinese architect Fan Wenzhao (Robert Fan) in a late Art Deco style.
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Colorful past masked behind luxury apartments' bland facade

The gigantic, simple-cut Taixing Apartments on Nanjing Road was once called "a luxury apartment house" by renowned Shanghai architectural historian Luo Xiaowei.
China's first modern pleasure garden, gone but not forgotten - Art & Culture in China
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China's first modern pleasure garden, gone but not forgotten

The history and future of Zhangyuan Garden, a legendary Chinese pleasure garden which developed to a living museum of Shikumen buildings.
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Architect of Shanghai's iconic Bank of China

Architect Luke Him Sau (Lu Qianshou) called the crescent-shaped Yates Apartments on Nanjing Road W. "a strange house."
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Apartments stand testament to a millionaire's passion for sports

The Denis Apartment perches around a prominent corner of the former Carter and Bubbling Well roads (Shimen Rd No. 2 and Nanjing Rd W.). 
Nanjing Road's tales of the unexpected - Art & Culture in China
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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.
Escape to Shanghai sowed the seeds of a modern Shanghai - Art & Culture 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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