Shanghai: Past and Present

Shanghai Past and Present - 1987

The images of Shanghai’s Pudong district, which just decades ago was an area of farmland, document the formation of one of the world’s leading commercial hubs. A photograph of the city in 1987 (top) shows a land of low-rise factories- a far cry from the forest of skyscrapers jostling for space in the skyline today (bottom).

Shanghai Past and Present - 2013

The city now boasts the world’s second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower. At a staggering 2,073ft, the skyscraper is a testament to the country’s position as a global economic leader.

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