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The Bund Shang­hai

Peter Hib­bard (Odyssey, $US24.95) THIS Hong Kong­pub­lished guide­book-sized pub­li­ca­tion, sub­ti­tled China Faces West, is a neat blend of the his­toric and the hip. Peter Hib­bard, who also goes by the moniker the Ginger Grif­fin, first vis­ited Shang­hai in 1986 and has lived in this most goa­head of Chi­nese cities since 2001; he op­er­ates tours and ap­pears to be one of Shang­hai’s best-con­nected ex­pats.

The Bund of the ti­tle is the city’s river­front boule­vard, once con­sid­ered the Wall Street of Asia, and now re­con­sti­tuted as a chic pa­rade of high­class ho­tels, restau­rants and shops. Shang­hai is China’s cos­mopoli­tan pow­er­house and Hib­bard brings it vividly to life, from its un­promis­ing be­gin­nings and 1920s-30s ‘‘ Paris of the East’’ hey­day to the crack­ing pace of the present. There is fas­ci­nat­ing archival ma­te­rial aplenty (maps, posters, clip­pings and his­toric pic­tures), all well or­dered and pre­sented on glossy pa­per. This is a good-value digest from the pub­lish­ers of qual­ity guides to des­ti­na­tions as di­verse as Bhutan and the Gala­pa­gos. www.odyssey­pub­li­ca­ Alexandra James

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