We will attract more talented international workers in hightech industries and transform the district into an area rife with innovation.”
governor of Pudong
rife with innovation,” said Sun.
Over the past 25 years Pudong has undergone a shocking transformation from rural farmland to a modern and wealthy cityscape containing several of China’s tallest and most iconic buildings.
Back then, locals looked down their noses at Pudong, which literally translates as “west of the Huangpu River” (Puxi refers to the other half of the city).
“I would rather have a bed in Puxi than a house in Pudong” was a popular saying, and one which neatly encapsulated the general level of distaste for the area before it was developed.
One senior China Daily columnist who witnessed the area’s opening-up ceremony 25 years ago said that few people would have predicted its astonishing growth.
“I was on-site when thenpremier Li Peng announced the launch of Pudong New Area, which was a pretty uncivilized area at the time. I never imagined it would become such an influential region, and one that would come to symbolize Shanghai and China