The Evolution of Shanghai (Shanghai history)


    The city of Shanghai, originally a fishing and textile town, was established during Yuan Dynasty (1291). The importance of Shanghai grew radically in the 19th century due to its favorable port location and its opening to foreign trade.

    In Shanghai, today's Renmin Road and Zhonghua Road connect to each other end to end, forming a circle (now trolley bus No.11 runs on this circle), the area within this circle was where the old city of Shanghai located. (See the shaded part in the map of Huangpu district below.) At the time the old city was protected by city walls, which was finally demolished in 1924. Nanjing Road and the Bund both belonged to the then British settlement outside of the old city and were developed after 1850. By the 1930s, Shanghai already flourished as a multinational hub of finance and a commercial center between east and west.

    In this section, some 30 photos recording old Shanghai are shown, through these precious pictures you will see the history and evolution of Shanghai - a small fishing and textile town, undergoing vicissitudes of a century and a half, to become a world famous metropolis.

    Tremendous changes!



Shanghai History 01 Minor East Gate
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History 02 Old North Gate
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History 03 Old West Gate
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04 New North Gate
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05 Minor North Gate
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06 Old Cannon
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07 The Bund Before 1843
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08 The Bund in 1880
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09 The Bund in 1888
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10 The Bund In 1893
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11 NanJing Road In 1893
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12 Prince On Nanjing Road
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