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.