To mark the 120th anniversary of its founding, Shanghai Jiaotong University has released a photo set juxtaposing the past with the present in its historic campus.
Shanghai Jiaotong University was established in 1896 via imperial edict from the Guangxu Emperor (as the Nanyang Public School). Since then, despite some ups and downs, it has become one of China’s most prestigious universities.
The old campus is located in Xujiahui. Most of the historic buildings were deeply influenced by American architecture. While the oldest building (the Middle College building) was built in 1898, most of the other buildings were built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Enjoy this blast from the past:
The university was first opened to women in 1927.
Middle College building, built in 1899.
The original library, built in 1919.
The gymnasium built in 1925.
The administrative building, built in 1933.
The university counts many influential individuals as its alumni and inspires devotion in proud graduates. “Yesterday I went into Jiaoda with honor; Today I will be an honor to Jiaoda,” so the saying goes. One of those people is none other than Yao Ming:
In 2014, we featured another “Time Travel” photoseries focusing on the slightly more historic ground of the Forbidden City. Click on the picture below to view the photo set:
Also, check out this photoseries showing how popular tourist sites across China have changed in the past century or so:
[Images via NetEase]