Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva

Amazing historic aerial maps of Shanghai

There is a great website 天地图 where you can see very detailed maps of Shanghai made from aerial shots taken in 1948, 1979, 1994, 2006 and today.
You can even do a comparative rollover between various years (and witness some bad destruction, like in these aerials of Dongjiadu.


1948 (my annotation):

2015: only two historic buildings survive

People's Square




The site of the three super-towers in Lujiazui






I could not care less about tall towers. So here is a place I cared about: the little crooked Wujiang Road and the lane compound Dazhongli that was behind the restaurant fronts.

Wujiang Road / Dazhongli



2006: Pedestrianized food-lovers' paradise! The skewer culture is thriving! TV stars are coming! Shanghai is remembered forever!

2016: Slaughtered! Welcome the superblock and a multi-lane traffic channel (curved to allow for high speed driving through the downtown – nice!). Four Seasons group execs are rubbing their greedy hands.

Hardoon's estate on Avenue Foch (now an exhibition center):


The Yan'an Road / Chongqing Road elevated highway interchange:

Gangster Du Yuesheng's residence on 216 Rue Wagner:

I'm addicted to this website, can't stop!

Tags: 1940s, 1970s, archive, map, shanghai, then and now, 天地图

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