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Nostalgic look back over 40 years of reform [Copy link] 中文

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China embarked on a policy of economic reform and opening up to the outside world 40 years ago, ushering in a dramatic new era of change that touched every aspect of our life. To mark the 40th anniversary, Shine photographers have taken a closer look at the evolution of the city in the past four decades. Special thanks to the photography magazine Shanghai Pictorial, which contributed the photos from the 1980s and 1990s.



Past: Under the system of a planned economy, apartments allocated by the government couldn’t be traded. The only way to upgrade living standards or conditions was to exchange. Therefore many citizens posted housing information on the street. In 1984, an apartment-exchange meeting in the People Square drew more than 20,000 people. The average living space per capita of Shanghai people in the 1980s was only 4 square meters.


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Past: Workers polish metal casting parts in an underground shelter in 1982. Shanghai has over 700,000 square meters of abandoned bomb shelters, mostly built in 1960s and 1970s as a defense system in case of war. In the 1980s the shelters were used as factories, hotels and even kindergartens.


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Past: Caoxi Road N. in Xujiahui in 1983. At the time, the under-construction-17-story Shanghai Weather Bureau office building (on the left) was the tallest in the area.  


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Past: Soldiers patrol Yangshan Island in 1982.


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