Disappearing neighbourhoods of old Shanghai

May 28 [Tue], 2019, 21:29
Disappearing neighbourhoods of old Shanghai
The longtang communities of narrow interconnected passageways in this old city are fast being replaced with high-rise apartments and shopping malls.To get more shanghai old city, you can visit shine news official website.

Prior to 1990, Shanghai mainly consisted of alleyways interlacing basic low-rise houses, and according to Shanghai's Fudan University the number of these homes shrank 60 percent from 2000 to 2008.

The number of luxury villas, meanwhile, rose more than 10 times. Simultaneously, some of the world's tallest skyscrapers emerged over the city's skyline, signalling Shanghai's return as an economic powerhouse.

Life in Shanghai's working class longtang neighbourhoods is a stark contrast to that in the luxury condominiums that often take their place. Many longtang buildings pre-date World War II, and most are in a state of utter disrepair. Residents still use chambre pots as the areas are only connected to the sewage system via public toilets.

While many residents welcome the demolition of their old homes and the promise of relocation to new high-rise apartments on the city's outskirts, some refuse to move and become involved in stand-offs with the authorities, demanding more compensation even as the homes of their neighbours are razed.

The Shanghainese have belatedly realised the value of their old city, Nanshi, located just below the Bund. They have rebuilt certain islands in the Ming style, and beautiful houses with curved roofs now seem larger than life.

There are manywelcoming shops and cafés. In addition to these vestiges of millennial China, there are more recent buildings dating from the last century, known as shikumen, which have also been restored. The lintel stone that surmount the entrances to these houses symbolises the meeting of European and Chinese styles.

To find peace in this lively neighbourhood, take refuge in Yu Garden or the Shanghai Temple of the Town God. And discover some of the most authentic places of worship in Shanghai: the Fuyou Lu Qingzhen Si Mosque; the Temple of Confucius, with its fragrant magnolia garden; or the Baiyun Temple, with its 8,000 Taoist scriptures.
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