Jing'an District, is one of the central business districts of Shanghai. It has an area of 37 km².


The district borders the Hongkou District to the east, Huangpu District to the east and south, Putuo District to the west, Baoshan District to the north and Changning District to the west.

On 4 November 2015, Zhabei District merged with Jing'an District bringing Shanghai down to 15 districts and one county

Jing'an District was named after Jing'an Temple, an ancient traditional Chinese Buddhist temple, today's temple is a new replica of the old one, located in the southern part of the district. An Art Deco "dancehall" is just across the street; around the neighborhood are bar streets, although some areas develop and other close through the years. Jing'an Park, located opposite to the temple, is quite popular among locals; it used to be a graveyard for foreigners in the old Shanghai.[citation needed]

Historically, the northern part of the district, what used to be Zhabei, has been highly populated with working class residents. However, due to the shift in the structure of industries and increasing number of immigrants from outside Shanghai, partly due to its reasonable real estate price (compared to its counterparts such as Putuo and Hongkou), the district has become increasingly appealing to city residents.

Development in the southern part of the district has been rapid and continuous. In just three years the complete stock of Grade A Office Space in the southern part of the district has increased approximately 320 percent, from a total of just 333,000 sqm in 2007 to 1,067,000 sqm in 2010. West Nanjing Road is one of Shanghai's premier shopping districts, and is home to five-star hotels and exhibition centers as well as several upscale housing complexes. Key landmarks on West Nanjing Road include the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and the Shanghai Centre.

The southern part of the district is one of Shanghai's key central business and commercial districts. It contains numerous large office buildings, hotels, and many shopping venues at the street level. The district comprises a prominent portion of the Shanghai skyline. The district is also known for having many high-rise residential buildings

The northern part of the district used to be the place of agglomeration of traditional industries such as flavor factory and tires factory. In the last decade, the municipality decided to move the old industry out in order to make space for more promising ones such as the hi-tech and creative industries. It has attracted various foreign companies to build offices, apartments and commercial retail outlets over there.

Daning Lingshi Park, the biggest green area in the downtown area, is surrounded by a series of cultural facilities such as the Zhabei Stadium and Shanghai Circus World.

 

Transportation

Line 1 - Hanzhong Road, Shanghai Railway Station  3  4 , North Zhongshan Road, Yanchang

         Road, Shanghai Circus World, Wenshui Road, Pengpu Xincun, Gongkang Road
         Line 2 - Jing'an Temple  7 , West Nanjing Road
         Line 3 and      Line 4 - Shanghai Railway Station  1 , Baoshan Road
         Line 7 - Changping Road Station, Jing'an Temple  2
         Line 8 - North Xizang Road, Zhongxing Road, Qufu Road  12
         Line 10 - Tiantong Road  12
         Line 12 - Hanzhong Road  1   13 , West Nanjing Road  2   13 , Qufu Road  8 , Tiantong Road  10
         Line 13 - Hanzhong Road  1   12 , Natural History Museum, West Nanjing Road  2   12

 

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