I. URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS
F. The century-spanning blueprint of Shanghai city
The opening of Pudong in 1990 heralded a new upsurge in Shanghai's urban development. In China's ten years' opening and reforms, the tentative work in the southern provinces, especially in the four special economic zones, has sought a rational way with Chinese regional and national characteristics for China to develop its economy. Shanghai's locational superiority is unparalleled in China and unique in East Asia and its leading role in China’s economic development is irreplaceable. In 1992 Pudong was defined as the locomotive to draw further openings in the cities along the Yangtze River. Since then, Shanghai aims to be one of the international economic, financial and trade centres to promote the economic leaps of the whole Yangtze Delta and the Yangtze Basin.
Shanghai shoulders a century-spanning task and therefore needs a century-spanning plan.
Figure 7. Urban expansion of Shanghai central city
The city plan made in 1980's has been revised and will lead Shanghai's urbanization to an unprecedented new stage of maximum energy and intensity.