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Beijing & Shanghai: China's Hottest Cities, Second Edition (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) [Paperback]

By Peter Hibbard (Author), Paul Mooney (Author) & Steven Schwankert (Author)
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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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Odyssey
Pages   600
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.03" Width: 5.43" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   2.03 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2006
Publisher   Odyssey
ISBN  9622177646  
ISBN13  9789622177642  

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More About Peter Hibbard, Paul Mooney & Steven Schwankert

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Hibbard has extensive experience in tourism marketing in China, and in his guise as the Ginger Griffin operates private tours plotting the city's history for Shanghai's most discriminating visitors. He made the city his permanent home in 2001.

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A Good Companion  May 29, 2007
I always travel with two guides to a place--one to read and the other to tell me where to eat. With "literary excerpts" and topical features on the naming and renaming of Beijing and the "singsong houses" of old Shanghai, this is a book to read before, during, and after a trip to the two cities. Each of the two sections is written by a resident of the city, and each takes a different approach, as these very dissimilar cities demand. Illustrations and maps abound. Listings of hotels, restaurants and shops are limited and likely to be out of date, as the books by this publisher seem to be updated every two or three years.

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