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The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

A Chinese garden is not a western garden -- there are tricks to “seeing” a classical Chinese garden, explains Shelly Bryant, author of The Classical Gardens of Shanghai. Bryant does just this in her brilliant book, opening the reader’s eyes to an appreciation of Chinese gardens – something she has done with us on a ...

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The Interview: Katya Knyazeva on Shanghai’s Old Town

The original Shanghai – the “old town” – is hidden in plain sight, in center of China’s wealthiest city. Yet it is but a shadow, unexplored territory for both foreigners and locals. And it's vanishing quickly. Journalist, photographer, and tour guide Katya Knyazeva has spent six years painstakingly documenting the ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Year in Review 2015

A look back on the tours, the talks, and that splendiferous World Congress on Art Deco that made up our 2015. [caption id="attachment_632" align="alignleft" width="255"] Stained glass dragon at the T'ou-se-wei orphanage, seen on our Easter Walking tour.[/caption] The Year in Numbers  14 tours 25 World Congress ...

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British Royals & Shanghai

With Prince William visiting Shanghai this week, we thought it was an opportune moment to look back at royal visits to Shanghai in history. It didn't start off auspiciously ... [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignnone" width="669"] Prince William meeting with students at Nanyang Secondary School in ...


Historic Shanghai’s Best Books, 2014

  Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones   Talented China fiction writer Nicole Mones turns her attention to Shanghai with this delightful tale of 1930s Shanghai, starring musician Thomas Greene who arrives from segregated Baltimore to find wealth, position, and love—only to have his life changed forever ...

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The Evolution of Shanghai Fashion

Shanghai has long been considered a cosmopolitan city, China's hub of East-meets-West cultural exchange, open to new and foreign ideas, inventions, and even clothing. The rapid modernization and 'opening up' of China during the first half of the twentieth century influenced the ways in which the people of Shanghai presented ...