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Shanghai is Changing

05-17-2010 19:46 BJT

Shanghai is China's most cosmopolitan city. What was once a fishing town is now one of the country's commercial centers (the other is Hong Kong). With impressive architecture including futuristic skyscrapers, and endless shopping opportunities, it's a must for every tourist.

The city, situated in the east of China at the banks of the Yangtze river delta, has a roaring past. For a long time it was the largest port of the Chinese Empire, but in the early 19th Century it fell in British hands. Later Americans, the French and the Japanese controlled parts of the city.

Many migrants from Europe and America came to Shanghai and the city became the biggest financial center in the Far East. In 1949 the Communist Party of China took control. Foreign companies left and went to Hong Kong, but with the reforms in 1992 the city regained its economic force.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV.CN

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