Beijing & Shanghai: China's Hottest Cities (Odyssey Illustrated Guide)

Overview

China's drive into the 21st century has been fueled by the relationship—and competition—between Beijing, considered by some observers to be the capital of capitals in China, and Shanghai, the nation's economic growth engine. The political and cultural history of China since 1850 has, in many ways, been shaped by Beijing's exercise of policy over what was once a small shipping port and fishing centre. In little more than a century, Shanghai has cast off these nets and is rising to be the region's leading economic ...
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Overview

China's drive into the 21st century has been fueled by the relationship—and competition—between Beijing, considered by some observers to be the capital of capitals in China, and Shanghai, the nation's economic growth engine. The political and cultural history of China since 1850 has, in many ways, been shaped by Beijing's exercise of policy over what was once a small shipping port and fishing centre. In little more than a century, Shanghai has cast off these nets and is rising to be the region's leading economic metropolis, a position it seems determined to hold, this time with Beijing's blessing. As Beijing bounds forward to host the 2008 Olympics, its majesty, well reflected in its cultural gems—the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven and the Ming Tombs—remains unfettered by the country's economic development.

This vibrant second edition of Beijing & Shanghai brings readers up-to-date on what's hot and what's cool in China's twin cities. Combining the latest information about restoration, entertainment, transportation and accommodation with historical writing, Beijing & Shanghai is the sophisticated guide to urban China that travelers have always wanted. 230 color photos, 17 maps.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789622177642
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Series: Odyssey Beijing and Shanghai Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hibbard has been professionally involved with China travel since 1985. He is the preeminent authority on the country's history of travel and tourism. He lives in Shanghai. Paul Mooney, an American freelance journalist with 25 years' experience working in Asia, reports from around the nation for leading publications such as Newsweek, Asiaweek, and the South China Morning Post. He lives in Beijing. Steven Schwankert is an award-winning journalist who has lived in China for almost ten years. His work has appeared in the Asian Wall Street Journal, That's Beijing, and That's Shanghai.
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