Shanghai’s historic lanes face the bulldozer

Developers are taking another bite out of Shanghai’s link to its past by demolishing ‘lilongs’: compactly built and populated laneway neighbourhoods, first built in the mid 18th century.

Daryna Zadvirna explored the disappearing lanes as they face up to escalating land value, and China’s hunger for infrastructure.



The 2018 Shanghai Study Tour was funded under the federal government’s New Colombo Plan scheme.