Nanjing Road. Ah, the memories you hold!

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

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. 

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

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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An expat family enjoys a ride along Nanjing Road.

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

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