Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!

Wang Rongjiang
The Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall is a mirror of the evolution of Shanghai's commerce and local lifestyle.
Wang Rongjiang

The Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall, perhaps the most prominent shopping street in China, is a mirror of the evolution of Shanghai’s commerce and local lifestyle. Shanghai Daily photographer Wang Rongjiang documents what makes this road so special. 

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Nanjing Road E. was a popular, heavily trafficked thoroughfare in August 1998.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

The road underwent extensive reconstruction before being turned into a pedestrian mall.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

The pedestrian mall was opened to the public in September 1999 and quickly became popular.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

The roadside was once used to promote local businesses. Stylists from the Nanjing Hair Salon gave a public demonstration of their skills in 1995 before a crowd of onlookers. 

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Children skated on Nanjing Road in 1996 after vehicular traffic was banned on weekends.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Nanjing Road was upgraded with street lamps, benches and kiosks in 2003.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Local residents do morning excises in front of Apple’s flagship store on Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A man practices the flute on a sightseeing train before it starts its daily services.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Soldiers giving free haircuts to local elderly residents on March 5 had to provide makeshift cover after a sudden rainstorm. March 5, or Lei Feng’s Day, is held to mark the selfless work of one soldier and encourage everyone to lend a hand to those in need. 

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

A foreign tourist carries a new baby stroller he just bought in a shop at the pedestrian mall.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Two parents keep their children tethered to prevent losing them in the crowds on Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

An expat family enjoys a ride along Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

Cyclists who has been traveling around China pose for photos with a national flag as they pass along Nanjing Road.

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