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Beijing: Portrait of a City

Beijing Portrait of a City brings China's capital to life. The book is the shared work of some of the city's finest writers who lead us through 'hutong' alleys, antique markets, artists' communities, gay bars, parks and the nostalgic streets of memory. They beguile with poems, amuse with camel anecdotes and thrill with two murder stories - one a genuine antique, the other a fictional contemporary. They take us back to the often-ignored Mongolian roots of the city and project forward to ask whether spectacular modern architecture will suffice to return Beijing to what it sees as its ancient place at the center of the world. Compiled by Alexandra Pearson and Lucy Cavender, the book interweaves its written work with a collection of wry and telling photographs of different aspects of the city, creating a compelling portrait of Beijing. The contributors, all published authors and experts in their field, have spent many years living in Beijing and know it from the inside. Individual contributors combine to leave a highly original and unforgettable impression of one of the world's oldest and most fascinating cities.


“...Absorbing...takes the reader on a journey through the streets, hearts and minds of Beijing...captures a panoramic view, vivid and unvarnished, of a unique moment in time as an historic city grapples the past and embraces the future...” - James McGregor

“...a gloriously idiosyncratic mix of form and flavour that takes us into territory no guidebook can reach. There is immense substance here, but that is almost beside the point. This is not just a book to learn from; it is a treat to be savoured'....” - Jonathan Watt, Guardian


+ Evocative essays by established China authors including Peter Hessler, James Kynge, Roy Kesey, Alfreda Murck

+ Timeless portrait of a fascinating city

+ Thoughtful and entertaining companion for readers wishing to 'get under the skin' of Beijing

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Lucy Cavender - Photographer
Alexandra Pearson - Editor


Publication Date : September 2009
Category : TRAVEL/China
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178030
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-803-8
Edition : First Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 27.95, GB£ 14.95
Format : 10in x 7in
Pages : 174
Photos : 40

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