It is easy to have a quick look at China'spast and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. ThePanoramic China series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.
Shanghai: Down the Centuries
As a city, Shanghai is only some 700 years old and its history as a well-known international metropolis is even shorter a little over a century. During that time Shanghai has experienced many vicissitudes, its rise and prosperity becoming the stuff of legend. Being near the sea and reflecting this in its name, since the beginning of China'smodern history, Shanghai has become the most vibrant and most internationalized place in China'smodernization process. It is the epitome of modern, fast-changing China.
Today, Shanghai attracts more and more attention from all over the world. The legend continues.