Larger than Shanghai itself, the Pudong Mew Area is on the eastern bank of Huangpu River. Before 1990.when development plans were first announcedâ€”Pudong constituted 350 sq km of boggy farmland supplying vegetables to Shanghai’s markets. Now the veggies are grown elsewhere as Pudong has become a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
Shanghai‘s second metro line opened at the end of 1999 and connects Pudong with Puxi. The Waigaoqiao harbor area is being upgraded into a major container port and the US$ billion Pudong International Airport opened as the main international airport in late 1999.