Old build­ings in Shang­hai come alive with tech­nol­ogy

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Shang­hai: Nearly 1300 of the most vis­ited his­tor­i­cal build­ings and city land­marks in Shang­hai can now pro­vide dig­i­tal “tour guide” ser­vices for tourists, said the mu­nic­i­pal cul­ture and tourism bureau. By scan­ning the QR codes pro­vided on the ex­te­ri­ors of these his­tor­i­cal build­ings, vis­i­tors can ac­cess the basic in­for­ma­tion of the build­ings and their his­tory and cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance in the form of texts, pic­tures, au­dio clips, videos or even VR over­views in Chinese and English, on their mo­bile de­vices.

In ad­di­tion, a to­tal of 1032 his­tor­i­cal build­ings have opened to the pub­lic in six dis­tricts of down­town

Shang­hai so far this year, 10 times the num­ber last year, em­brac­ing over 7.6 mil­lion vis­its in the first half of 2019, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

Yu Xi­ufen, head of the bureau, said the city would open 142 more his­tor­i­cal build­ings to the pub­lic and pro­mote 237 more dig­i­tal “tour guide” ser­vices at scenic spots by the end of this year.

Photo: Xinhua

A tourist vis­its a his­tor­i­cal build­ing in Shang­hai on March 23, 2019.

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