Call it Paris of the East because of its faded but again increasing elegance or a Den of Iniquity because of the rapacious reputation of many of its people, Shanghai is not dull. As one of the largest cities in the world, it is also one of the most dynamic. In 1990, the Pudong District had nothing in it -- now it has 100 sky scrapers under construction at once -- and it trying to outdo Hong Kong. My best advice is to see it soon because tomorrow many of the old neighborhoods will be gone forever.
-- Eric Trachtenberg
Shanghai -- the Chinese Megalopolis:
The Bund, which runs along the Huangpu River (黄浦江), is one of the most famous and beautiful places in China. Once home of the Shanghai Stock Exchange and then the Communist Party, the Bund (外滩) is slowly returning to private ownership.
An old neighborhood in Shanghai, near the famous YuYuan Gardens (御苑). Like many such "Hutongs" this area is slated for destruction.
A scene overlooking an Hutong. Redevelopment, which means a higher standard of living for most Chinese, is not far away.
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Pictures: Eric Trachtenberg