Zhangjiagang :
Old camphor trees connect Zhangjiagang with its past

Yuanlin Lu lined with towering camphor trees just like a green corridor. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

In downtown Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, there is a poetic tree-lined road, which stays green through all four seasons.

Yuanli Lu, a beautiful street seven meters wide and 733 meters long, is lined with towering camphor trees. As the city around it has undergone tremendous changes over the past 30 years, this street has remained exactly the same.

The road was first built in the 1970s, and then turned into asphalt pavement from sand-gravel. Lining the road are a total of 234 camphor trees with an interlocked canopy of branches, some of which have been growing here for 51 years.

This is what Yuanlin Lu in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province looked like in the 1980s. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A view of Yuanlin Lu and the Grand Theatre in 1984. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Locals shop at a small market on the side of Yuanlin Lu in 1985. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

In 2004, Yuanlin Lu remains almost unchanged. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

A view of Yuanlin Lu in 2010. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

This repair shop on the roadside has run for over 17 years. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

This local shoe store has been open for over 20 years. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]