This is not my first time travelling to Shanghai but it is my first time taking my two toddlers, non-Chinese speaking husband and 65 years old parents experiencing Shanghai, to explore those hidden yet elegant corners of this classy and tasty city
Shanghai for many people, is stylish, modern and cosmopolitan like any other place such as New York, London or Hongkong etc. Yet, she is much different. Shanghai is like a sexy Chinese lady growing up in a traditional environment but in her mid age went on an adventure to western world and came back after all. She knows both worlds and masters at taking advantage of each culture and essence utmost.
I chose to stay in a hotel in the heart of Middle Huai Hai Road because this area used to be lived by many master in Chinese's recent history. Their old mansions are still well kept or titled as museum for tourist visiting purpose. Walking along the small streets under the shadow of platanus brought me back to one century ago where artists, writers, philosophic and revolutionist spent their entire lives to strive hard to build a new modern China.
Book to Recommend
This book was given as a gift to me by an ex-colleague from Australia while we were both working in Shell Singapore.
Life and Death in Shanghai is an autobiography published in November 1987 by Nien Cheng. Written in exile in the United States, it tells the story of Cheng's arrest during the first days of the Cultural Revolution, her six-year imprisonment, release, persecution, efforts to leave China, and early life in exile.
Enjoy reading and let me know what you think about it afterwards.