Strolling in Shanghai – Huaihai Middle Road in the night

Huaihai Middle Road was originally named Xijiang Road, built by the French Concession authorities, and then renamed Route Paul Brunat in 1906. By the end of the Qing Dynasty, the business of the Baxian Bridge section of Baochang Road had gradually prospered. In June 1915, it was renamed Avenue Joffre. In March 1922, it was classically unveiled by French general Xiafei. After the founding of the Republic of China, Chinese-funded and foreign stores opened on Xiafei Road one after another, and the prototype of the commercial street has been formed. From the 1920s to the 1930s, business became more prosperous, and a large number of garden houses and apartment buildings were also built around Xiafei Road. The shops are mainly suits, jewelry and western food. After the outbreak of the Anti-Japanese War, a large number of shops moved into the concession, including Xiafei Road. After the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Japanese entered the concession, and many shops on Xiafei Road were forced to close until the end of the war.


In 1943, the Wang Jingwei regime accepted the French Concession in Shanghai and renamed Xiafei Road to Taishan Road. In October 1945 changed to Linsen Road. In 1949, due to the uncertainty of the situation, a large number of foreign capital evacuated, and the shops were closed. On May 25th, 1950, the Shanghai People’s Government changed the road name to Huaihai Road to commemorate the Huaihai battle. Subsequently, a number of state-owned shopping malls were set up on Huaihai Middle Road, but they were stopped during the Cultural Revolution until the reform and opening up, and Huaihai Middle Road restored the prosperity of former shopping malls. This video is the most prosperous section of Huaihai Middle Road. I did not go all the way. I hope to have the opportunity to fill it up in the future. Thank you again for watching! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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