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Michelle Qiao

Michelle Qiao is a columnist of Shanghai Daily. She has initiated the column "history revisited" focusing on historical buildings in the city since 2004 which was well received from the readers and ended up into the book "A Walker's Guide".  Contact her at: michelleqiao@shanghaidaily.com

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Palace Hotel reigned over city’s most famous road

Frederick Boss, manager of the former Palace Hotel on Nanjing Road, said in June 1933, that “Shanghai hotel guests are the most cosmopolitan in the world.”

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Ricksha trip through Nanjing Road in 1925

For the traveler who wants to make a thorough tour of the town, or as thorough as his limited time will allow, there is no better way than to get in a ricksha and follow several of the most interesting thoroughfares, getting off from the vehicles at time and exploring some of the more obscure places.