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Signal tower granted protection

SHANGHAI’S landmark meteorological signal tower on the Bund has been granted city-level protected status, local authorities said yesterday.

The 50-meter tall Gutzlaff Signal Tower, as it is also known, was one of 86 culturally significant structures to be honored by the city government.

Among the others were the private villa in Dingxiang Garden, and military, administrative and memorial sites relating to the war of resistance against Japanese aggression (1937-45).

Built about 1907, the signal tower was once the tallest structure on the Bund and for decades provided invaluable weather forecasts for ships heading out to sea.

In 1993 it was moved to its current location and after being renovated by the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau recently went back into service.


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