Cultural & Historical Sites

Shanghai's historic and cultural zones are part and parcel of the city's heritage. They shed important light on the city's past glory and are the groundwork of the city's cultural ethos.
Shanghai, which became a port in 1843, boasts myriad historic zones and buildings marooned in modern high-rises, giving Shanghai a typical metropolitan edge.
As part of its endeavor to preserve the city’s historical heritage, the municipal government has named 44 historical and cultural zones, including 12 in downtown area which cover an area of 27 square kilometers and 32 in the suburbs which cover an area of 14 square kilometers. The city also has 19 protected sites at the national level, 163 protected sites at the municipal level, and 632 buildings of high historic value.
The 12 historical and cultural zones named by the government include the Bund, People’s Square, Laochengxiang, Hengshan Road-Fuxing Road, Hongqiao Road, Shanyin Road, Jiangwan Road, Longhua, Tilanqiao, Nanjing West Road, Yuyuan Road and Xinhua Road.

Yuyuan Road Historic Area

The Yuyuan Road Historic Area is spans across Jing'an and Changning District within the city's Inner Ring Road, covering an area of 223 hectares. It consists of groups of garden villas and new-style longtangs and includes 45 protected historical and cultural sites and pieces of outstanding historical architecture.

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Xinhua Road Historic Area

The Xinhua Road Historic Area is located in Changning District within the city's Inner Ring Road, and covers an area of 34 hectares. It is characterized by low density garden residences, and was one of the roads built by the foreign powers outside of the International Settlement. It has 13 protected historical and cultural sites and pieces of outstanding historical architecture.

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