With its neck-craning tourists, scurrying suits and dazzling evening neonscapes, Pǔdōng is a place name many Westerners know before setting foot in China. More than 1.5 times bigger than urban Shànghǎi, the economic powerhouse of the Pǔdōng New Area (浦东新区; Pǔdōng Xīnqū) swallows up the eastern bank of the Huángpǔ River.
The high-rise area directly across from the Bund is the Lùjiāzuǐ Finance and Trade Zone, where China’s largest stock market (the Shànghǎi Stock Exchange) makes or breaks China’s nouveau riche. There’s no obvious focal point where people congregate, although a swirlpool of sightseers rotates around the elevated walkway by the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Opened in mid-2016, the Shànghǎi Disney Resort in Pǔdōng is already sucking in legions of thrill-seeking tots and young-at-heart.