Nanjing Road in Shanghai has been compared to Fifth Avenue in New York. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was the mercantile and commercial hub of the city. As I was strolling along through the now pedestrian-only street, I got a nice surprise: I realized that I was standing at the exact same intersection that has been pictured in this 1930s poster that will be in the exhibition Shanghai:
After having looked at this poster for the past six months, the image has been burned into my memory. So, with this image in mind, I sought to take pictures of the same frame.
I first took a street level shot, which I think is the closest to the poster image, with the Wing On department store (on left) and the Sun Sun department store (on right) still standing today:
Still unhappy with this view, I went up to the terrace of a hotel across the street for this breath-taking aerial view of the intersection and still-bustling Nanjing Road:
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