I know I was supposed to write about what to see and what to eat in Shanghai in this post but I just read an article about the development of Pudong New Area and wanted to share some quick information with you all. Food and tourist sights will come in my next post about Shanghai, I promise.
During the early stages of China’s economic opening to the world the multi-billion facelift of Shanghai began.
In 1990 the leaders in Beijing unvelied their plan to develop the area to the east of Huangpu river into a “Special Economic Zone” and 1993 the “Pudong New Area” was officially founded.
In the center of the plan to develop Pudong New Area was the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Area, a Chinese answer to Lower Manhattan. A series of impressing skyscrapers were planned for the financial hub, Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center and the Shanghai Tower.
Pudong which was just some paddy fields a few decades ago is now where you find the Shanghai Stock Exchange as well as the Pudong International Airport. You also will see the unmistakable futuristic Oriental Pearl Tower. When thinking about the quick development of Shanghai and Pudong New Area you have to pinch yourself, the speed of change is incredible and you might wonder if it is real or just a dream?