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Jing'an Temple Business Area

Jingan TempleThe 1,800-year old Jing'an Temple is the center of the traditional commercial area, it was a famous Buddhist temple in western Shanghai. Since the Yuan Dynasty, the temple has been a scenic view here, but the surrounding area was not prosperous in business. In 1862, the British built a road for horses at Nichengbang as far as Jing'an Temple (now near West Nanjing Road). Then in late 19th century, a brand-new batch of private Chinese classical gardens and quality Western restaurants set up around the majestic temple.

In 1899, the Commonality Concession expanded its area westward to Jing'an Temple, and new roads had been built. They also set up police station, light rail trams and motor buses were being available too. The area became the prosperous backyard of the Concession. But during 1920s, Jing'an Temple area's classical gardens became old style residential blocks and small shops that sold daily commodities set in.

Meanwhile, Chinese bourgeois entrepreneurs emerged in the area; they led Shanghai into the new commercial age. Because the chaotic political situation in the 30s, the businessmen changed their eyes on the so-called "Save Haven" - the Concession area; apartment buildings and entertainment establishments were set up there. The Paramount Dancehall had been praised as "The Best Entertainment Venue in Far East". The neighboring West Nanjing Road, Huashan Road and Yuyuan Road were very busy streets at Jingan Templethat time also.

Since the outbreak of Anti-Japanese War in 1937 the Concession became an "isolated" area, where many refugees and entrepreneurs fled into it, so that the Jing'an Temple area was still prosperous. Businesses efficiently made use of the still empty land to build banks, jewelry shops, barber shops and shopping malls. When the war ended, the humiliate Concession regime had gradually been canceled, and the people could visit the areas around freely.

As other commercial districts in Shanghai, Jing'an Temple's banks and jewelry shops were closed in 1950s, and the privately owned shopping centers became state owned. In the 90s, high rise office buildings had been constructed near the temple. In recent years, improved leisure and traffic (notably Shanghai Metro Line 3) facilities has made Jing'an Temple an excellent business area.