The Bund Shanghai

China Faces West

By Peter Hibbard
(Odyssey Publications, Paperback, 9789622177727, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 2007

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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

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