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26 Years of Growth: Shanghai Then and Now

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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. [3 photo pairs]

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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. (Reuters/Stringer, Carlos Barria)
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. (Reuters/Stringer, Carlos Barria)
A before-after pair of images shows the financial district of Pudong in 1987 and in 2013 (click to fade) with the nearly-complete Shanghai Tower, in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on July 31, 2013. [click image to view transition] (Reuters/Stringer, Carlos Barria) #
A wider view, showing the financial district of Pudong in 1987 and in 2013 (click to fade), on July 31, 2013. Click here to see the fullsize (2,448px wide) before and after images. [click image to view transition] (Reuters/Stringer, Carlos Barria) #

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