Shanghai Then & Now

Excuse my ignorance, but when I glanced at this before and after photo of Shanghai, I thought it was 1900 and 2010. No! It’s 1990 and 2010! What a difference twenty years makes. I find it astonishing how a landscape can change so much when you see the similar skylines of New York and London change with (relatively) no difference over five years, or even ten years – bar 9/11 changing lower Manhattan. I travelled to Hong Kong in 2007 and was astonished at the land reclamation they had achieved in a few decades. The world is changing far more quickly than many of us realise. Maps are being redrawn and entire cities/countries are changing. What an amazing feat of engineering! Hopefully natural will not admonish to this achievement in physical versus natural beauty.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. smc
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 13:45:35

    There was a really similar one of Hong Kong on the BBC website when it celebrated 10 years of independence from Britain. The difference was amazing… Amazing what 10 years of bamboo scaffolding and skyscrapers can do!

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  2. paulmcd
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 13:58:39

    They don’t mess around do they!

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