Aerial photos to help keep memories of the city

Over 250 aerial photos of the Bund, People's Square, Nanjing Road E. and other historical lanes and neighborhoods are on display at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center.
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Two visitors by an aerial photograph of the Bund.

An exhibition was launched on Tuesday at Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with about 250 aerial pictures of 44 city areas deemed to have historical and cultural importance.

The exhibition's opening marked World Cities Day.

The Committee of Literature and History, which comes under the auspices of the city's political advisory body, as well as the Shanghai Photographers Association and the center began a project in June to invite local photographers to take pictures of the areas by using drones.

The photographers took tens of thousands of pictures and submitted 2,700 to the organizers, who chose the 250 most outstanding efforts to display to the public.

The 44 areas identified by the city government as zones with historical and cultural importance include the Bund and People's Square, but also some less known suburban areas, such as West Gate Ancient Street in Jiading District, considered one of Shanghai's most completely preserved old streets.

"The historical and cultural areas are witnesses of the development of our city," said Xu Yibo, vice president of the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. "They make our history more perceptible and also show the vitality of the city over a long time."

The exhibition aims to promote citizens' awareness of the necessity of protecting the areas, said Xu.

The exhibition will run till November 19.

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