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.odysseypublications.com. Alexandra James