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by li xu

The once and future metropolis

Aerial view of Shanghai's Pudong district, east of the Huangpu River. Photo by Paul Reiffer.

The city of Shanghai—a center for economic activity, technological innovation, finance, conventions and logistics—boasts China's highest GDP and a population exceeding 25 million. The metropolis is also a hub of art and culture, having played host to the 2010 World Expo, and regularly holds major international events such as the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and the Shanghai Biennale. The development of its arts industry has been…

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