Qiao Zhengyue

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Art & Culture

The Sun: the show window of China

The Sun, which opened in 1936, is the last of the four big Chinese-owned department stores on popular Nanjing Road E. 
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Heading west: tracking the arrow of Shanghai

The first part of the journey focusing on the former Park Lane, today's Nanjing Road E. (from the Bund to Xizang Road) ends at The Sun building.
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Sun Sun Co profited from novel, fresh ideas

Sun Sun Co, the third of the four big Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road, thrived on innovative ideas, including a glass radio station. 
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Wing On towered over its rival Sincere Co

The Wing On Department Store, the second of four big Chinese department stores on Nanjing Road, overshadowed its immediate rival Sincere Co.  
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Sincere started the trend of women shop assistants

Sincere Department Store, one of the four Chinese-owned stores on Nanjing Road E. in the early 1900s, celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. 
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A Continental landmark on Jiujiang Road

The Continental Bank built a new bank and office in the neighboring Jiujiang Road. 
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Continental Emporium failed to live up to its billing

The grand Continental Emporium seemed to be a promising project in 1931 but its investor, the Continental Bank, failed to recover its investment.
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When Lao, Jiao, Fu rose to become China's top silk brand

The building at 257 Nanjing Road E. housed China's best-known silk emporium in 1930s. The historical building has a new look and is now the flagship store of a fashion retailer.
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Motianlou — reaching for the skies

After a brief hiatus following World War II, Shanghai’s skyline began to soar since the 1980s.
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The regeneration of an electrical power building

The attempt to turn a modern high-rise at 201 Nanjing Road E. into an Art-Deco hotel triggered controversy leading to a drastic change in plans. 
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