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Nanjing Rd. pedestrian street
Shanghai

The Nanjing Rd. pedestrian street located at the Shanghai Huangpu District, west Xicangzhonglu, east to the Henan middle of the mill, the pedestrian street east and west has together the garnet Dali Shiping, above is President Jiang Zemin own handwriting paints “the Nanjing Rd. pedestrian street” 6 large brush-written Chinese characters. National Day when 50th anniversary is completed this pedestrian street, causes “hundred year Nanjing Rd.” changed beyond recognition, becomes the Shanghai another pretty city new landscape. walks in the pedestrian street, but do not consider only the shopping, do not forget to have a look at the city 110 shops (original “greatly new company”), China to unite the commercial building carefully (original “Yongan Corporation”), the Shanghai Fashionable clothing Company (original “to execute company first”) and the first Food shop (original “new company”) this “four big companies”, reflects Nanjing Rd.'s past and the today unceasing repeat at present, traditional and modern interweaving has increased the different kind charm for this hundred year Laokay.

Copyright: Jacky Cheng
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Uploaded: 24/02/2009
Updated: 18/06/2014
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