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Then and Now: Can You Recognize Shanghai in These Old Photos?

Shanghai Contrasts | ©Nils and Aracell Jonsson/Flickr
Shanghai Contrasts | ©Nils and Aracell Jonsson/Flickr
Shanghai has changed a lot throughout its history. In fact, the only thing that stays constant is the city’s dynamism. Most photos that people associate with Shanghai will have been taken in the past few years. The famous Lujiazui skyline was little more than the Pearl Tower until 1999. Even five years ago, the now iconic Shanghai Tower was a mere mess of scaffolding. The metro, the longest system in the world, only opened its first station 24 years ago. And old neighborhoods are constantly being razed to make room for newer, bigger things. Take a look at these pictures of old and new Shanghai to see just how much the city has changed.

East Nanjing Road

Then

East Nanjing Road Then Courtesy of the Shanghai Government

Now

East Nanjing Road Now ©Brett Hodnett/Flickr

The Bund

Then

The Bund Then Courtesy of the Shanghai Government

Now

The Bund ©Rob Deutscher/Flickr

Xujiahui (St. Ignatius) Cathedral

Then

Xujiahui Cathedral Then Courtesy of the Shanghai Government

Now

Xujiahui Cathedral Now ©jo.sau/Flickr

Huangpu River

Then

Junks on the Huangpu ©Jean-Philippe Messelier

Now

Boat on the Huangpu ©Dimitry B./Flickr

Old Walled City of Shanghai

Then

Small East Gate Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Now

What Remains of the Walled City ©Gary Stevens/Flickr

Daily Life

Then

Playing Mahjong ©Louis-Philippe Messelier

Now

Playing Cards in the Park ©craigles75/Flickr