September 11th, 2020

Old town maps from the government survey


I'd like to unlock my treasury and share some archival and research materials on Shanghai that could be useful to others.

These maps used to accompany the preservation guidelines for the old town (上海市老城厢历史文化风貌区保护规划), published in November 2005. Since then, the wholesale redevelopment has taken precedence over preservation, and these maps are no longer easy to find online, so I want to make them available here. I've made composites from the original fragmentary maps in order to fit an entire quarter of the old town in one image. These were useful for researching the Old Town books, although I found that many beautiful and well-maintained historic buildings had been downgraded in this classification, because they were located too close to the roads intended for widening or on the lots meant for redevelopment. Yet, this survey gives a good orientation in the scale and composition of the old town's urban fabric, which is set to disappear within a few years.

The color legend is as follows:
red = top-level protected heritage
orange = very valuable historic architecture
yellow = less valuable historic architecture
brown = ordinary historic architecture
light purple = after-1949 structures (ready to be demolished)
blue = modern structures to keep
(Mature trees, historic pavements and odd stone relics are not marked)

Click any image to be taken to the hi-res version, including the top one, which weighs 7.4 Mb.

Northeast quarter 上海老城厢东北部 (8 Mb):


Southeast quarter 上海老城厢东南部 (5.9 Mb):


Southwest quarter 上海老城厢西南部 (7.4 Mb):


Northwest quarter 上海老城厢西北部 (4.5 Mb):