It is easy to have a auick look at China's past and present,
but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Pan
oramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those
overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a
province, municipality or autono mous region, describing, with
illustrations, the outstanding char acteristics of e...
illustrations, the outstanding char acteristics of each area from
dif ferent perspectives.
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 expe rienced many
vicissitudes, its rise and prosperity becoming the stuff of
legend. Being near the sea and reflect ing this in its name, since
the begin ning of China's modern history, Shanghai has become the
most vi brant and most internationalized place in China's
modernization process. It is the epitome of modem. fast-changing
Today, Shanghai attracts more and more attention from all over
the world. The legend continues.
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