Carpenter preserves old Shanghai, one nail at a time

Carpenter Ma Jiale has spent much of his working life lovingly repairing some of Shanghai's most attractive --- if rather decrepit --- historical buildings. The Chinese city is well known for its skyscrapers, but its pre-Communist days as a cosmopolitan trading hub has left a legacy of assorted architecture ranging from French-style villas to Edwardian mansions and Art Deco buildings. Authorities say they are committed to preserving the best of the old structures and Ma is doing his part. The 57-year-old grandfather cycles --- old tools hanging from the handlebars --- from job to job in a pocket of the northeast district of Hongkou. "If Shanghai only has skyscrapers, then...

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