A City in Bloom: Shanghai Through the ’90s
China’s runaway hit TV drama “Blossoms Shanghai” concluded Tuesday, drawing curtains on its dazzling portrayal of the city in the 1990s. Adapted from Jin Yucheng’s award-winning novel of the same name, the series, directed by Wong Kar-wai, captures the essence of Shanghai on the brink of modernization.
In this era of rapid development, the city’s residents saw the skyline transform as high-rises began dotting the landscape. It was also marked by significant lifestyle changes — people embraced new fashion styles, started using mobile phones, and began investing in the stock market.
Sixth Tone presents a selection of photos from the 1990s that showcase the city’s evolution.
(Header image: A model speaks on a mobile phone on a bridge over Nanjing Road in Shanghai, Oct. 1, 1995. Gerhard Joren/LightRocket via VCG)