In Shanghai, city officials are now beginning to look at preservation of buildings and locations to keep Chinese history alive. This is an interesting movement in a city known for modernity in China and where history has previously been razed to put up skyscrapers. Real estate is of high value in Shanghai and preservation of historical sites has been put on the backburner until recently. China has such a rich and long history, but tourists and young citizens are not able to recognize it through their cities. The city officials are not only saving buildings that represent a “role in Communist party or colonial history, but also the very fabric of city life, from old docks to disused factories to crumbling neighbourhoods.” This story marks a shift from when preservation was subordinate to development and now it has become a reversal. This is a good sign in a country where their urban cities are becoming increasingly overrun with developments and people.
Source: Financial Times Article