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The Bund Shanghai: China Faces West (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)

Peter Hibbard

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ISBN 10: 9622177727 / ISBN 13: 9789622177727
Published by Airphoto International Ltd., 2007
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: The Bund Shanghai: China Faces West (Odyssey...

Publisher: Airphoto International Ltd.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Shanghai's landmark waterfront, the Bund, once the "Wall Street of Asia," is again in the limelight as a charismatic world-class destination for life's finest pleasures.

This book tells the story of the making of the Bund: from its beginnings as a muddy foreshore and its conversion into a fine esplanade in the latter half of the 19th century, when its infamous "Public Gardens" barred entry to most Chinese, to its cosmopolitan reinvention with the dawning of the millennium. The main focus is on the vibrant years of the 1920s and 1930s when most of the Bund's monumental edifices were built as a lasting testament to the city's commercial success and symbolized the city's passage to sophistication and modernity. This book goes far beyond the facades of the buildings, examining the fascinating historical and social context of this area and profiling the many key figures and organizations that made the Bund in years gone by and that are remodeling it today.
Includes:
  • China's fastest, hippest city: the epicenter of growth
  • First guide to the heart of the "Paris of the Orient"
  • Brings the dynamic history of the Bund and its architecture to life
  • Behind-the-scenes coverage includes the landmark Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank building with its palatial interior, and the legendary art deco Cathay Hotel
  • And much more
140 photos, many in color, 5 maps

About the Author:

Peter Hibbard MBE, historian, heritage consultant, author and travel professional, strives to foster an awareness, understanding and appreciation of Shanghai’s unique historical inheritance through his activities. He lives in Shanghai.

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