Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shanghai Then and Now

Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make.

The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people – nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.



26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

An animated combination picture shows the financial district of Pudong in 1987 and in 2013 with the nearly-complete Shanghai Tower, in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on July 31, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters/Stringer via The Atlantic)



26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now



26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

A before-after pair of images shows the financial district of Pudong in 1987 and in 2013 with the nearly-complete Shanghai Tower, in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on July 31, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters/Stringer via The Atlantic)

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