6 Inspiring Then And Now Photos Of World's Famous Cities

It is said that as the time evolves the places change, so do the people. It's quite funny that how day by day nothing changes but when you look back, everything is different. Therefore, here we bring you some before and after pictures of famous cities in the world and how they have changed in the past few decades.

Paris in 1900

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, also known as the city of love. For most of the people, it is a dream to visit this city atleast once in their lifetime.

This place is quite as same as it was a century ago. But, its beauty and love for the people have increased drastically. Also, you might be glad to know that according to official estimates, in 2013-14 the Paris Region had the third-highest GDP in the world and the largest regional GDP in the EU. 

Shanghai, China in 1990

Shanghai is one of the biggest cities in China. As you can see there was no such development during that time. But, all of us witnessed the insane growth and development of this city in last 27 years.

This was a result of the economic reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1990, which helped the city to grow, aiding the return of foreign investment and finance to the city. Now, this city has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1980's

Who doesn't like this old picture of Dubai? This city has changed a lot in not very long time. Dubai became Dubai after the discovery of Oil which changed the country beyond recognition.

Now, one can barely say this is the same Dubai from the 80's. Dubai has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East. Its oil revenue helped them to accelerate the development of the city, but today less than 5% of the emirate's revenue comes from oil.

Singapore in 1990

In 1990, Singapore was struggling to become self-sufficient, and faced problems including mass unemployment, housing shortages and lack of land. Therefore, they implemented a large-scale public housing programme to raise the standard of living.

Today, Singapore is a global commerce, finance, and transport hub. They have shown a remarkable development to become the second-most competitive country with the third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre and the second-busiest container port.

Beijing, China in 1950's

Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China. During early 1950's the establishment of People's Republic of China took place. They seized control of the city peacefully and renamed it as the new capital. It was the phase when the city began to expand beyond the old walled city and its surrounding neighborhoods.

They torn down many areas of the Beijing city wall to make way for the construction of the Beijing Subway and the 2nd Ring Road. Now, Beijing is a major hub for the national highway, expressway, railway, and high-speed rail networks.

London, UK in early 20th century

During this period, it transformed into the world's largest city and capital of the British Empire. They became a global political, financial, and trading capital. They also became home to the first urban underground railway system which helped to develop the bigger trains and the modern London Underground system.

Look now, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. They are now a leading city in the world in the areas such as arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, and tourism.

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