Xintiandi is a wonderful place to go at night. But before the nice-look buildings, bars, and restaurants were built, it looked like this. It is not that fancy, but it is the history of the city, where many people lived there for generations.
I found out these pictures I took at the end of 2004. Let me show you the pictures of locations near Xintiandi. I believe another area of Xintiandi will raise from this land.
Before the modern buildings, were some old historical architectures.
Most of them have been towed down. For this one, how knows its fate.
Like this one. Look at the arch and the design – it is a nice building.
The stairs, and the rooms – all desctructed
The tractors is standing by to get rid of these houses.
There are still some people living in the buildings, How can you imagine that!
The nice decoration on the arch of the door.
The poles are also created with efforts and sense of art.
At the ground of the towed-down area, some cooks are kiling their time when there is no one in their restaurant
At the newly built building, workers are drawing the lines between bricks
More workers on other areas.
Including the top
Google Satellite Map
From the Google map, you can still see the area with all the houses there.