Unlike Beijing, Shanghai Preserves Some History

The government of Shanghai was ahead of the curve with preservation, creating 12 historic preservation zones in the city in 2004.

Preservation in Shanghai isn't without its challenges: historic buildings have been known to be demolished late at night by developers with the tacit approval of the government. But in comparison to much of China, Shanghai is holding on to a significant amount of its cultural heritage.

Dan Levin writes, "The government's motive for such moves is often profit; it has recognized that the city's extraordinary mix of architecture contributes to its tourist appeal. But there has also been pressure from the citizens of Shanghai, who have grown increasingly proud of their city's landscape, including the Western-style architecture, once a symbol of China's subjugation."

Full Story: In Shanghai, Preservation Takes Work


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
T-shirt with map of Chicago

Show your city pride

Men's Ultrasoft CityFabric© tees. Six cities available.

Essential Readings in Urban Planning

Planning on taking the AICP* Exam? Register for Planetizen's AICP * Exam Preparation Course to save $50.
$369 includes free shipping!