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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 嫫ea de Xangai.
Depois da Guerra do 舁io os brit滱icos obrigaram o imp廨io chin瘰 a abrir seus portos 跴 na踥es ocidentais. Escolheram essa 嫫ea perto do rio e ergueram um porto ali, onde cada pot瘽cia tinha um setor, onde constru燰m suas instala踥es. Esses pr嶮ios eram os mais altos da 臃ia na 廧oca e essa 嫫ea era como que uma regi緌 independente dentro da China, onde prostitui誽o 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 arrog滱cia do ocidente e uma prova de seu progresso diante da velha China. Hoje o local est rodeado de gigantescos arranha-c徼s modernos que parecem humilhar essas velhas constru踥es.

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