25 September, 2009

Pudong, The Bund, Shanghai

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The illuminated building is the old one in The Bund.
The Bund (simplified Chinese: 外滩; traditional Chinese: 外灘; pinyin: Wàitān)
→ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bund

In the middle of 19th century, the Japanese saw the European buildings in Shanghai.
For example, In 1862, Shinsaku Takasugi(高杉晋作)from Choushu, a central 
figure of the early Meiji Restoration, visited this place, and surprised !  At the same time, he had a strong sense of crisis that if not to be modernized, sooner or later, Japan will be conquered by the British, French, German, Dutch or Russian.

Fortunately, in 1868, Japan done radical change of society, "Meiji Restoration".
Japanese studied the structures of European society and imported the Science
and Technologies during the late of 19th and early 20th century.
Thanks to the ancestor of the Japanese.
The riverside of Huangpujiang(黄浦川), the right side is Waitan.
The Bund in English, 外灘 in Chinese, ガイタン in Japanese ),
Waitan: the former European colony(British, French, German ---- ), some of
the buildings(right of photo), which were built in the late 19th to early 20th
century, are preserved as the historical monument.
Tourists from Europe.

New buildings of Waitan area(The Bund)

The old fashioned ship

Pudong area(浦東): New financial and commerce center of Shanghai.
10 years ago, this area was wetland !

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