New Shanghai: The Rocky Rebirth of China's Legendary City (Hardback)
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New Shanghai: The Rocky Rebirth of China's Legendary City (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 04/08/2001
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Anyone visiting Shanghai a decade ago inevitably felt a stab of regret. Instead of the city once hailed as "the Queen of the Pacific" they found a depressed industrial zone forgotten by the world. Not any more. Few visitors leave Shanghai these days without expressing wonder at its renaissance. Targeted in the 1990s to reassert itself internationally and drive growth along the Yangtze, Shanghai has erected elevated highways, glittering skyscrapers, and stately cultural venues. Graduates find jobs in finance; former bureaucrats sport well-cut suits; and young people pack flashing neon discos. Foreign investors are again flocking to the city. Dead to the world for over 40 years, Shanghai has been reborn. Interweaving anecdotes and analysis, this narrative addresses key aspects of the city's rebirth: the building spree of the 1990s; its resurrection as a financial centre; its drive to remain a manufacturing powerhouse; its cultural reawakening; the growing divide between rich and poor; the return of foreign business; and the revival of notorious Old Shanghai vices - nightlife, drugs, and prostitution. This is a wide-ranging coverage of the rebirth of Shanghai - the city at the centre of China's resurgence as an economic power; it paints pictures of Shanghai today to provide a better understanding of the Shanghai and China of tomorrow; and it includes extensive interviews with Shanghainese at all levels of society.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd
ISBN: 9780471843528
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 237 x 161 x 28 mm

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