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Shanghai Old Street
Looking back to the old days and exploring old Shanghai you will be brought by "Shanghai Old Street" through the times-times back to 100 year ago.
The rebuilt Shanghai Old Street is 825 m long from Renmin Road to Henan Road, divided into the eastern and Western section. The eastern section runs from Renmin Road to Guanyi Street. Shanghai Old Street is an important east-west passageway for sightseeing in the Yuyuan commercial and tourist area. Back in the old days, it was called the Great Street Before the Temple. There gathered a group of Shanghai's earliest old-style private banks, gold shops, silverware shops, wine shops, teahouses, theatres and firms, a passageway for a passenger flow linking Shiliupu, the City God Temple and Yuyan area. It was an old street gathering all the 360 trades of old Shanghai. It mow presents to visitors the almost extinct trades, like the private banks, shops with mahogany furniture, pawn shops, old-fashioned teahouses, old-fashioned wine shops, and embroidery stores. In the eastern section of the street after remodeling and restoration teahouses, old-fashioned wine shops, and embroidery stores.
In the eastern section of the street after remodeling and restoration to antique feature the folding screen doors and aluminum windows of many shops are no longer there but replaced with latticed windows, wooden door-boards and swing-boards and swing-doors typical of decorations of last Qing Dynasty residences. Besides, the patterned drip-pipes, upturned eaves, protruding corners and horse-head walls make visitors feel as if they have gone back to the old days.
The western section is mainly laid out with Ming Dynasty imitation buildings with black tiles and white-washed walls, red pillars and upturned eaves, typical of the architectural style of old towns in the Ming and Qing Dynssties. Here one will find rows of antique-featured shops, such as the water pipe store, glutinous dumplings store, roasted nuts shop, teahouses. A visitor here will find the different trades of business and travel and a hundred different features of the town market
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