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Shanghai hit a wall, however, when it was forcefully de-globalized after 1949.
In the meantime, Shanghai lost its position as China's financial center.
The people of Shanghai made great efforts to save Shanghai's economy under such unfavorable business conditions and kept Shanghai's position as China's most advanced city before China's economic reform started in 1978.
The rapid population explosion made Shanghai the most crowded city in China.
Particularly when China's other provinces were developing by leaps and bounds after China's economic reform started, Shanghai was rapidly left behind.
Re-globalization saved Shanghai from its economic downturn and possible bankruptcy.
In Shanghai as elsewhere in the world, beggars were commonly regarded as the utterly destitute.
28) In the early twentieth-century, Shanghai produced a new word for beggar, biesan, which, like many other terms that emerged in the city, had its origin in pidgin English.
Like our stereotyped Party writing, the creatures known in Shanghai as 'little piehsan [biesan] ' are wizened and ugly.
but the prosperity of Shanghai and the fact that it was "full to the brim" with beggars made this uncharitable sentiment especially strong and common.
Around the same time, another Shanghai resident, Zhu Ye, observed a group of beggars who lived in Dongjiadu, a ferry place south to the walled city.
But the county seat of Shanghai was a wealthy and prosperous commercial center in the Qing period, and this had made the walled city a favorite place for begging long before the Republican period.