Shanghai's colonial past and its promising future stare at each other from across the Huangpu River.
Shanghai's colonial past is still preserved in the architecture of the Bund, the area formerly controlled by the European powers under the Treaty of Nanjing. It was in a British public garden located here that the infamous sign that read "No dogs or Chinese alllowed" was hung. Many Westerners still live in Shanghai today but they are no longer backed by gunboats.
The futuristic skyline of the Pudong New Area, punctuated by the Oriental Pearl Tower, is probably the best known symbol of China's new found confidence and global ambition. The area ws established as an Special Economic Zone in 1990 on what had been farmland.