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    Shanghai’s Insane 26-Year Transformation, Summed Up In Two Photos



    What happens when you give Shanghai’s financial district 26 years and a few billion dollars of makeover money? This miraculous transformation, which hit a staggering 2,073-feet-high this past Saturday when the Shanghai Tower became the world’s second tallest building.

    This first photo of Pudong, which is just east of the Huangpu river, was taken in 1987 and shows what’s barely recognisable as a city. You can see clear across to the horizon over a land that’s still speckled with patches of green.



    The second photo, taken just last week and from exactly the same location, tells a very different story. Though plans to develop Shanghai’s “Pudong New Area” into a “Special Economic Zone” were only launched by the Communist Party in 1990, a short amount of time was all the city’s financial district needed to become an area steeped in towering, steel-coated futurism.



    This area is now the proud home of Shanghai Tower, the world’s second tallest building, which was just completed this past Saturday. But China isn’t done yet—they have every intention of taking the number one spot, too, with a planned 2,749-foot “Sky City” that would outrank the current champion, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, by a full 33 feet.

    Regardless of whether or not they succeed in that particular goal, these photos prove that Shanghai has done just fine in securing itself as one of the World’s great cosmopolitan cities. [The Telegraph]
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Should of been called Shanglow in '87

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    Nanpu Bridge Interchange, Shanghai, China


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    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.

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    View of the Bund, 1986. (Image source: shanghaiist.com)



    View of the Bund today. (Image source: Google Maps)

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    Doesn't hold quite the same romanticism.

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    It's the little buildings that count... some fantastic looking ones down there.



    Skyscraper cities are crap except NYC of course the original! They come across as fake and cheap
    Look at Dubai.. Lots of tall new buildings with pretty lights.. but no culture, no history, just big prices, rich people and arabs ..

    great

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShrewedPunter
    Look at Dubai..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    As has Jakarta.

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    I was working in Dubai from 1990 for a period of almost 6 years. In my opinion that was the best time in Dubai, they have totally screwed the place now!
    The first (1990) piccie is of Tampax Towers (or the 5 blocks of knocks) built to house the Emirates Airlines trolley dollies.

    Tas

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
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    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    As has Jakarta.
    No. Not really...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShrewedPunter View Post
    Still prefer London


    It's the little buildings that count... some fantastic looking ones down there.



    Skyscraper cities are crap except NYC of course the original! They come across as fake and cheap
    Look at Dubai.. Lots of tall new buildings with pretty lights.. but no culture, no history, just big prices, rich people and arabs ..

    great
    London is a sprawling hell hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
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    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    As has Jakarta.
    No. Not really...
    You have knowledge on this subject, do you?

    You don't think Jakarta has gone from quiet little village to megatropilis in a couple of decades?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    As has Jakarta.
    No. Not really...
    You have knowledge on this subject, do you?

    You don't think Jakarta has gone from quiet little village to megatropilis in a couple of decades?
    Jakarta is a joke compared to all of these other places.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    You have knowledge on this subject, do you?

    You don't think Jakarta has gone from quiet little village to megatropilis in a couple of decades?
    Jakarta is a joke compared to all of these other places.
    Two questions socalled, see if you can answer at least one of them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    You have knowledge on this subject, do you?

    You don't think Jakarta has gone from quiet little village to megatropilis in a couple of decades?
    Jakarta is a joke compared to all of these other places.
    Two questions socalled, see if you can answer at least one of them.

    So some the ladyboys of Jakarta can finally afford big tits and you call that progress

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    Nope, not answered. You're not very good at this, are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Nope, not answered. You're not very good at this, are you?
    It's still not on the level of any of the countries mentioned. Not even close. I have a friend who's been there a few times. Jk is Bkk in the 90's from what I gather

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    There was a really good thread on here that compared photos of Bangkok in the 80's to now, similar idea to the pics in the OP, photos taken from roughly the same spots.

    Had a quick look and can't find it now unfortunately, anyone remember it and got a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    It's still not on the level of any of the countries mentioned. Not even close.
    I don't recall saying the Jkt was just like Bkk, not even once.

    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    I have a friend who's been there a few times. Jk is Bkk in the 90's from what I gather
    So your knowledge is based on 'what your friend, who has been here a few times, told you?



    At least you've answered one question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khmen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Bangkok has undergone similar a transformation.
    There was a really good thread on here that compared photos of Bangkok in the 80's to now, similar idea to the pics in the OP, photos taken from roughly the same spots.

    Had a quick look and can't find it now unfortunately, anyone remember it and got a link?
    I recall it, I also have an excellent book, Bangkok: Then and Now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
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    It's still not on the level of any of the countries mentioned. Not even close.
    I don't recall saying the Jkt was just like Bkk, not even once.

    Quote Originally Posted by socal View Post
    I have a friend who's been there a few times. Jk is Bkk in the 90's from what I gather
    So your knowledge is based on 'what your friend, who has been here a few times, told you?



    At least you've answered one question.
    Yeah. A close freind who travels a lot gave me his take on JK. Not some bullshit I read or some bullshit pic i seen. I got information from a trusted freind who was on the ground.

    you are an idiot

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    You do realize Willy lives in Jakarta, don't you?

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