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Eric N. Danielson

Discover Shanghai: the city's history and culture redefined

Discover Shanghai:  the city
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Published by Marshall Cavendish, Singapore
2009
Unlike most Shanghai guide books that only cover the downtown city center, Discover Shanghai covers the entire municipality, from Chongming Island and Baoshan in the north to Songjiang and Qingpu in the south. Jiading in the west, and Pudong in the east. Discover Shanghai tries to evenly balance the old and the new, the traditional Chinese culture with the European colonial heritage. Other books present a Eurocentric perspective, but Discover Shanghai will show you how Chinese this city really is. Contrary to popular belief, Shanghai does have historic sights to see, and with this guide you’ll be able to find them, no matter how hidden away they may be. Rather than simply being a telephone directory-like listing of hotels, restaurants and bars, Discover Shanghai reveals the city’s rich cultural heritage, guides you to its hidden architectural gems, and unmasks secrets of its historic development that help explain how it got to be the way it is today. You’ll also learn about famous celebrities who once lived here, such as Sun Zhongshan, Lu Xun, Song Qingling, Song Jiaoren, and Xu Guangqi, Huang Jinrong, and Du Yuesheng. Organized in a convenient alphabetical format, sights are listed from A to Z, making this an encyclopedia of all Shanghai has to offer a visitor. In addition, there are individual entries for key streets and communities which group together sights according to convenient itineraries. It should be easy to follow these itinerary corridors along the city’s main traffic arteries and around the main neighborhoods. In addition, each sight’s description includes the exact street address as well as the name of the nearest subway station. Furthermore, a useful subject index helps readers identify which sights may interest them and directs them to the right page in the book. Not only is this volume full of useful information, but it is also loaded with color photographs. In fact each entry has at least one photo, and there is a photo on nearly every page. Most of the photos were taken especially for this volume during 2009, making them extremely up to date, while a few are archival shots taken previously, but all of them were taken by the author.
Art/Architecture , History , Illustrated Books , Photography , Travel
 
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