7 Unbelievable Transformations Of Major Cities From 1960s To Present Times
Many cities have seen a lot of history in the years they have existed. Some cities are three millennia old, while some were founded in 19th century. However, one thing is common amongst all of them, is that they have changed a lot with time. Check out these pics to see how these 7 cities of the world have changed.
1 Singapore 1960 Vs Now
The city-state of Singapore was founded in 1819 by Stamford Raffles of the East India Company as a trading post. It was occupied by Japan in second World War. It was still a trading post well into the 1960s, but now the city-state has become one of the most advanced nations in the world. It has earned the tags of most “technology-ready” nation, top International-meetings city, city with “best investment potential”, second-most competitive country, third-largest foreign exchange market, third-largest financial centre, third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port.
2 Hong Kong
Hong Kong or officially ‘Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China’ was previously a British colony and was with British till 1999. It maintains its independent executive, legislative and judiciary powers under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle. It has been transformed from a poor British colony, to one of the most advanced nations in the world in just a few decades. It is the biggest financial capitals in the world, and is lauded for its free economic structure. Its currency, the Hong Kong dollar is the 13th most traded currency in the world.
3 Fortaleza, Brazil
Fortaleza is state capital of Ceará, a sea beach city that is streaming with tourists and people looking for some good vacation time near the water. In 2013, it was the 12th richest city in Brazil and that is something for the formerly was a depleted and barren village. It hosted the 2014 FIFA world cup and country’s most important highway BR-116 starts from Fortaleza. Its GDP is near R$43.4 billion.