Shanghai: Life, Love and Infrastructure in China's City of the Future

Overview

Shanghai is the most modern and dynamic city in China. In preparation for hosting the World Expo 2010, a World?s Fair in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions, the megalopolis embarked on an overhaul to transform itself from the ?Pearl of the Orient? into the ?City of the Future.? Here, the world?s tallest buildings soar, the planet?s longest bridges span toxic waterways, and the fastest train on earth rockets the city from its storied past toward a future that seems, by turns, either as ...
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Overview

Shanghai is the most modern and dynamic city in China. In preparation for hosting the World Expo 2010, a World?s Fair in the grand tradition of international fairs and expositions, the megalopolis embarked on an overhaul to transform itself from the ?Pearl of the Orient? into the ?City of the Future.? Here, the world?s tallest buildings soar, the planet?s longest bridges span toxic waterways, and the fastest train on earth rockets the city from its storied past toward a future that seems, by turns, either as bright or as hideous as the lights that set the hazy sky aglow each night. At a time when interest in China has seen a sharp increase that shows no signs of abating, Shanghai places China?s development and its effects on the world into context by explaining how the country arrived where it is today and why it is building massive infrastructure projects with tremendous social and environmental impact. Shanghai provides an intimate look inside a mega-city heaving with change and offers essential insight into the challenges of remaining human in an increasingly urbanized world.
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Editorial Reviews

June 2010 Source
Shanghai, the book, is fascinating, funny, and frightening, just like Shanghai the city. Stephen Grace has done the impossible: He has explained?in entertaining, understandable language?the bizarre contradictions that make up modern China. Mr. Grace should be given grants, honors, and awards for pulling this off.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591810834
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 7/16/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN GRACE is director of marketing for China Travel and Tour, as well as vice president of G2 Adventures. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor?s degree in psychology. While studying at the university, he worked as a deckhand on Mississippi riverboats and later served as a caretaker for a Cambridge house in which T.S. Eliot once lived. Stephen?s first experience with starting a business was an outdoor adventure program for at-risk youth, which gave him a good background when he was asked to help found and manage an international travel company. Stephen has worked and traveled extensively throughout China, gaining enough competence and familiarity with the country to develop cultural immersion programs for high schools, cultural institutes, and organizations devoted to global leadership. He has also led travel seminars and taught basic spoken Chinese classes for groups from the University of Colorado, Alexander Dawson High School, Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute, and the Orbis Institute. Prestigious universities such as Harvard Business School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have asked Stephen to assist in sending their programs to China. Stephen is the author of a novel, Under Cottonwoods (The Lyons Press, 2004), and three nonfiction books: It Happened in Denver (Globe Pequot Press, 2007); Colorado Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Centennial State (Globe Pequot Press 2009); and Colorado: Mapping the Centennial State through History: Rare and Unusual Maps from the Library of Congress (Globe Pequot Press 2009). He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

The Towers of Pudong 1

Of Narrow Lanes and Stone-Framed Doors 28

New Heaven and Earth 64

A Home in the Sky 105

Pajamas 126

Rich Gate and Rènao 157

Along the Bund 195

The Fastest Train on Earth 231

Searching for Dongtan 254

The Bridges of Shanghai 298

Bibliography 343

Acknowledgments 351

About the Author 353

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