Shanghai’s Urban Nip and Tuck

By Mark Andrews

Blue Wings – Finnair. January 2018

When looking at the skyscrapers of Shanghai’s Pudong district, it’s easy to imagine a city of tomorrow. What it has not been so easy to envision is yesterday, thus leaving many an old building precariously dodging the wrecking ball.
But there are occasional rays of hope for Shanghai’s elders. Jianguo West Road lies in the heart of the Former French Concession, often referred to as the Cultural Preservation Zone. The Jian Ye Li Estate located here dates to China’s colonial era and thanks to an ambitious restoration now has a secure future.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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