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Shanghai Old Town: Topography of a Phantom City. Volume I: The Old Docks Hardcover – 1 Nov 2015

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A two-volume history and a photographic atlas of the former walled city of Shanghai. Volume I: The Old Docks explores the ancient lanes and historic relics of Dongjiadu, the port outside the city wall. The winding streets in this neighborhood tell the story of the region, the trades, the cults and the clans that made Shanghai a merchant capital long before the western powers built the international treaty port. In spite of half a century of neglect and mounting redevelopment pressure, Dongjiadu retains a dynamic, unregulated street life and the most varied urban fabric of any city in China. But the neighborhoods are being erased. The Old Docks is a survey and an epitaph of a city on the verge of disappearance.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting images of disappearing history 21 Jan. 2016
By Marc S - Published on Amazon.com
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I’ve been following Katya Knyazeva’s photographic work for some years, and bought “Shanghai Old Town” for the images. The book in hand is quite impressive, obviously the product of long labor, elegantly written and the images are haunting. It works on many levels, telling the history of Shanghai, via artifacts, discovered in neighborhoods in the process of being demolished. Compelling design and layout. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars and beautifully written, this book brings awareness and nostalgia of ... 6 April 2016
By Alexis W - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is impressive in its conception, content, and layout. Both the texts and the pictures complement each other and tell a fascinating history of Shanghai’s street culture and life in the past centuries. Informative, thoughtful, well-researched, and beautifully written, this book brings awareness and nostalgia of Shanghai’s old town in the midst of China’s modernization in the 21st century.
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