I visited the two cities the summer 2007 before they organized the Olympics. That was a really exciting and interesting experience. I discovered a country which at that time was quite far from those images of Mao or just the Great Wall of China. It is improving its economic rates at about 10% GDP for more than thirty years now. It is said that nowadays is the “factory of the world” but also is increasing its technological standards. They are at same levels or in some areas even better than Germany, Japan or United States. And with near 1.300 millions people they have a lot to do to become, possibly, first superpower in this century. At that time when I visited both cities, summer 2007, Shanghai was already one of the cities with more skyscrapers in the world.