Shanghai History (Ancient Time)
Shanghai -----A fishing village’s splendid metamorphosis
When we mentioned Shanghai history, to some extent, we'd like to say Shanghai history is a development of a small fishing village. From the very beginning of Chinese dynasties, Shanghai was just a humble small village and was ruled by the neighbor province and county unconditionally, but, Shanghai area have made its way due to its particular superior geographical position.In the middle of Tang Dynasty, Shanghai’s agriculture, fishery and salt industry have developed in a certain way. In order to boost this area’s economy and steady the environment of living, for the first time, the central government of Tang set Huating County(华亭县now Songjiang town in Shanghai) which was dominated by Suzhou. This was an important landmark in Shanghai history.
Generally speaking, today’s Shanghai canton map was basically formed in the beginning of Qing Dynasty.There was still no city wall after 240 years dated from the set of Shanghai Town. In 1553(Qing Dynasty), an elliptic city wall was quickly built in two months for resisting Japanese pirates. Outside of Shanghai city, there was a moat. In ancient China, a basic layout of a city was city wall and a moat. In 1685, custom department was set up in Shanghai and Sino-foreign business was also allowed. As an important regional port for the Yangtze and Huangpu River,Shanghai created wealth for the Jiangsu province and Zhejiang province in business and trade.
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