Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

Scocca, Tom.

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He writes of a city that is modern and ancient, friendly yet wary, bold and insecure. Issues he looked into include the campaign to stop public spitting, the scientists charged with changing the weather, the demolition of the old city and the design of a new metropolis, and the planting of trees. 'A street-level introduction…to what we should know and understand about 21st century China.'

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For centuries, Beijing was closed off to the world, turned inward and literally built around the imperial Forbidden City, the emblem of all that was unknowable about China. But now the capital is reinventing itself to reflect China's global influence, progress, and prosperity. When Tom Scocca arrived--an American eager to see another culture--Beijing was looking toward welcoming the world to its Olympics, and preparations were in full swing to renew itself.Scocca discovered a city of contradictions--modern and ancient, friendly yet wary, bold and insecure. He talked to scientists tasked with changing the weather, and interviewed architects; checked out the campaign to stop public spitting; documented the planting of trees, the rerouting of traffic, the demolition of the old city, and the designs of a new metropolis, all the while finding the city more daunting, and more intimate. "Beijing Welcomes You "is a glimpse into the future and an encounter with an urban place we do not yet fully comprehend, and a superpower it is essential we get to know better.

Book Details

Author Scocca, Tom.
Publish Date 1900/01/00
Catalogue September 2015
Catalogue book number 27