Monday, March 16, 2009

Michael Aldrich and Vanishing Beijing in Shanghai



I’m delighted to be chairing and introducing Michael Aldrich, the author of the excellent The Search for a Vanishing Beijing: A Guide to China's Capital Through the Ages (Hong Kong University Press, 2005) at this year’s Shanghai International Literary Festival at M on the Bund on March 19th (tickets and details click here).

Michael is a great raconteur and it’d be hard to find many others who know Peking’s history as well as he does. His book is a mix of essays and guides that forms a comprehensive narrative about the cultural mosaic of the capital of China - palaces, temples, back streets and markets. For me it’s become a reference guide that gets taken off the shelves with alarming regularity though it’s a great read from start to finish too. I’m looking forward to the 19th.

7 comments:

w said...

Michael is a great guy and it comes through in his book. The history of Beijing, as chronicled by its buildings, is getting harder to find. Michael's book is a terrific guide. I'm looking forward to more of Michael's writings about the modern, and the not-so-modern, China.

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