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

Picture of Rachel Deason
Updated: 20 February 2017
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

Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Then

East Nanjing Road Then | Courtesy of the Shanghai Government
East Nanjing Road Then | Courtesy of the Shanghai Government

Now

East Nanjing Road Now | ©Brett Hodnett/Flickr
East Nanjing Road Now | ©Brett Hodnett/Flickr

The Bund

Zhongshan East 1st Rd, WaiTan, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200002

Then

Now

Xujiahui (St. Ignatius) Cathedral

158 Puxi Rd, XuJiaHui, Xuhui Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200030

Then

Xujiahui Cathedral Then | Courtesy of the Shanghai Government
Xujiahui Cathedral Then | Courtesy of the Shanghai Government

Now

Xujiahui Cathedral Now | ©jo.sau/Flickr
Xujiahui Cathedral Now | ©jo.sau/Flickr

Huangpu River

Then

Junks on the Huangpu | ©Jean-Philippe Messelier
Junks on the Huangpu | ©Jean-Philippe Messelier

Now

Boat on the Huangpu | ©Dimitry B./Flickr
Boat on the Huangpu | ©Dimitry B./Flickr

Old Walled City of Shanghai

259 Dajing Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000

Then

Now

What Remains of the Walled City | ©Gary Stevens/Flickr
What Remains of the Walled City | ©Gary Stevens/Flickr

Daily Life

Then

Playing Mahjong | ©Louis-Philippe Messelier
Playing Mahjong | ©Louis-Philippe Messelier

Now

Playing Cards in the Park | ©craigles75/Flickr
Playing Cards in the Park | ©craigles75/Flickr