Pride of Place

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Shanghai. Once dubbed “the Paris of the East,” the city has evolved into a fusion of multiculturalism. Along the way, Shanghai has accumulated a repository of stories about the people and events that have shaped its history. Five areas of the city occupy pride of place in that journey: People’s Square, Jing’an Temple, Xujiahui, Lujiazui and Xintiandi. This series, a collaboration with Shanghai Local Chronicles Library, visits them all to follow in the footsteps of time.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Shanghai. Once dubbed “the Paris of the East,” the city has evolved into a fusion of multiculturalism. Along the way, Shanghai has accumulated a repository of stories about the people and events that have shaped its history. Five areas of the city occupy pride of place in that journey: People’s Square, Jing’an Temple, Xujiahui, Lujiazui and Xintiandi. This series, a collaboration with Shanghai Local Chronicles Library, visits them all to follow in the footsteps of time.
Nanjing Road W. is famous, but how did this iconic street come to pass? - Art & Culture in China
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Nanjing Road W. is famous, but how did this iconic street come to pass?

What began as Jing’an Temple Road in the colonial era of horse racing has evolved into a celebrated commercial and retail zone.
Jing'an Temple remains a treasure in the district that bears its name - Art & Culture in China
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Jing'an Temple remains a treasure in the district that bears its name

Jing’an District’s strength of heart derives from a temple that has survived the vicissitudes of millennia.
Thanks to Tintin comics, a Chinese sculptor became a European sensation - Art & Culture in China
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Thanks to Tintin comics, a Chinese sculptor became a European sensation

Zhang Chongren formed a lifelong friendship with Belgian cartoonist Hergé in a collaboration that deeply influenced the lives and works of both men.
Fascinating anecdotes of Chinese music are preserved in the 'little red building' - Art & Culture in China
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Fascinating anecdotes of Chinese music are preserved in the 'little red building'

The Pathé Records Company, which was established in Shanghai in 1921, played a pivotal role in the Chinese music industry.
Shanghai Film Museum projects the golden past of China's silver screen - Art & Culture in China
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Shanghai Film Museum projects the golden past of China's silver screen

As the “cradle of the Chinese film industry,” Shanghai delivered many “firsts” in China. Shanghai Film Museum, located in Xujiahui, captures it all.
The pioneer of modern Chinese meteorology, astronomy and seismology - Art & Culture in China
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The pioneer of modern Chinese meteorology, astronomy and seismology

Xujiahui Observatory and its adjunct Shenshan Hill site were forerunners in collecting and publishing scientific observations that won global recognition.
A historical library whose past continues to define its modern presence - Art & Culture in China
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A historical library whose past continues to define its modern presence

Xujiahui Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Zi-ka-wei, was built by Jesuits with a love of books. That legacy remains in archives of scholarship.
Starting from a flood crisis, modern education in Shanghai was born - Art & Culture in China
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Starting from a flood crisis, modern education in Shanghai was born

Fudan University founder Ma Xiangbo revolutionized education by fusing Western sciences and humanities with the ideals of academic freedom and inclusive learning.
Gothic cathedral stands as testament to community spirit and architectural pride - Art & Culture in China
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Gothic cathedral stands as testament to community spirit and architectural pride

Xujiahui Cathedral remains an iconic blend of East-West faith and architecture, a metaphorical tribute to life's unpredictable journey.
Enlightened education of orphans transformed China arts and craftsmanship - Art & Culture in China
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Enlightened education of orphans transformed China arts and craftsmanship

The Tushanwan Orphanage was a trailblazer in Shanghai’s embrace of advanced technologies in realms such as painting, printing and stained glass.
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