From farmland to wonderland, Shanghai Pudong New Area has realized dramatic changes in past 30 years.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has long promoted Pudong's development.
As the new Shanghai Party chief in 2007, Xi chose Pudong as his first stop on a tour of the city. In his view, the development of this district was not merely about building a new city, but also exploring a new path for the entire country.
In 2010, Xi Jinping, then vice president, visited Pudong again.
The significance of Pudong, he noted, was its role as a pioneer and pacesetter.
Since becoming head of state in 2013, Xi has visited Pudong three times. He has also issued instructions and drawn a roadmap for development.
On November 12, he attended a grand gathering celebrating the 30th anniversary of the development and opening-up of Pudong in Shanghai and delivered an important speech.
"The achievements of Pudong over the past 30 years offer the most telling evidence of the strength of the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and are a vivid demonstration of the country's reform, opening-up, and socialist modernization," Xi said at the gathering.
He also called for the area to become the pioneer of the nation's higher level opening-up and efforts to foster a new development paradigm.
(Produced by Huang Jingjing, Yan Yiqiao, Zhao Dantong, Bao Han and Li Bowen)