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13 June 2010
Incredible changes in Shanghai
There have been remarkable changes through all of China, but the pair of photos above resonated with me because in 1987, three years before the top one was taken, I visited Shanghai and walked along the Bund on the near side of the Huangpu River. There was interesting boat traffic, pleasant friendly people in the streets, and the architecture along the Bund was a mixture of turn-of-the-century Western neoclassical/Art Deco/whatever. Lujiazui, across the river, was essentially nothing when I was there. Now (bottom photo from 2010), everything looks different.
All this change within a fraction of my lifetime. It even boggles my Western mind accustomed to change; it must be almost incomprehensible and disorienting to older Chinese.