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This is the Bund, a famous area in Shanghai.
After the Opium War British obligated the China Empire to open its ports to western nations and this area of Shanghai, in front the river, was choose like a port and it was like an independent zone where many western nations had a special sector and built big buildings. These buildings were the highest of Asia in that time. In this region criminals found a refuge and prostitution and drugs were very usual.
These are some of the samples of the local architecture, that was a kind of arrogance and proof of progress of western nations above old China, curiously these old buildings look humiliated by the giant modern skyscrapers around.
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Esse o Bund, uma famosa rea de Xangai.
Depois da Guerra do pio os britnicos obrigaram o imprio chins a abrir seus portos s naes ocidentais. Escolheram essa rea perto do rio e ergueram um porto ali, onde cada potncia tinha um setor, onde construam suas instalaes. Esses prdios eram os mais altos da sia na poca e essa rea era como que uma regio independente dentro da China, onde prostituio e drogas eram muito comuns e era o local preferido para os criminosos se esconderem.
Vemos aqui algumas amostras da arquitetura local que representava a arrogncia do ocidente e uma prova de seu progresso diante da velha China. Hoje o local est rodeado de gigantescos arranha-cus modernos que parecem humilhar essas velhas construes.

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