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Location within Shanghai
|• Total||7.62 km2 (2.94 sq mi)|
|Population (2003)||Nanjing West Road, Changde Road intersection|
|• Density||42,000/km2 (110,000/sq mi)|
Jing'an District (simplified Chinese: 静安区; traditional Chinese: 靜安區, Shanghainese: zin2oe1 chiu1, Mandarin pinyin: Jìng'ān Qū) is one of the central districts of Shanghai. It has an area of 7.62 km². With 305,300 inhabitants (in 2002) it is one of Shanghai's most densely populated districts.
It is also home to one of Shanghai's business districts as can be seen in photos below.
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. The 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.
Development in the Jing'an district has been rapid and continuous. In just three years the complete stock of Grade A Office Space 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.
Jing'an 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.
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