Friday, February 29, 2008


Last night, I was able to attend the book launch for Urbanatomy, a new Shanghai guide book published by China International Press. The book is very nicely put together, with about 600 pages of information and photos. The pictures are really well done, and the text is very readable and informative. I like the arrangement of the chapters, with the first half being set up geographically, and the second half topically. In the geographical arrangement, the chapters are divided up according to the city's districts. In the topical section, there are 12 topics, including language, night life, shopping, food, and similar topics.

The book launch was held at 3 on the Bund, a pretty swanky place. The view from the windows at the spa where the event was held overlook Pudong, with all its lights blinking at us from across the river. There was plenty of food, drinks, and music, and a lively crowd there to enjoy it all.

Urbanatomy is priced at RMB139 (US$19.95).

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