Since its early days of reform and opening-up, Shanghai has welcomed the help of talent from around the world in building the social and commercial infrastructure of a major global center. The city has been generous in its gratitude.
In January 1989, 18 foreigners working in Shanghai were given bronze medals with the city flower magnolia on one side and a view of the Bund on the other. It was the start of the city’s honors recognizing the contributions of expats.
The original honors were called Shanghai Gratitude Awards but were later renamed the Magnolia Awards. Thirty years on, their bestowal has become a prestigious honor cherished by foreigners in the city.