We will at­tract more tal­ented in­ter­na­tional work­ers in high­tech in­dus­tries and trans­form the dis­trict into an area rife with in­no­va­tion.”

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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

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