Shanghai is a city in located at the heart of the . It is a modern city by Chinese standards. As a result of the Opium War, China was forced to open some ports to foreign countries. Shanghai was one of these ports. It was highly prosperous as foreigners from Europe, America, and Japan came to Shanghai in search of success. This was during the 1920s that Shanghai reached a sort of peak. Many foreigners lived in the city and it was one of the most diverse cities in the world during that time. Then WW2 happened and the Revolution in China and foreigners were driven out of China. During the cultural revolution many social and political changes took place. When China reopened her doors in the late 1970s, they were reopened to a different country. One that had suffered greatly as a result of the years of turmoil. Gradually, foriegners and foreign businesses have returned to Shanghai. About 15 years ago Shanghai government officials decided to develop the land on the east side of the . Thus, the city is now divided into two sections. Pudong (the new part) and Pu Xi. Along the Huang PU river which divides the city you can see the past and the future. Shanghai is currently under construction. New buildings seem to appear over night. it is a very exciting place to be.