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Michelle Qiao

Michelle Qiao is a columnist of Shanghai Daily. She has initiated the column "history revisited" focusing on historical buildings in the city since 2004 which was well received from the readers and ended up into the book "A Walker's Guide".  Contact her at: michelleqiao@shanghaidaily.com

Restored church to open for 1st time in decades

THE first time that architect Zhang Ming stepped into the Holy Trinity Church was more than half a century ago. Now the 84-year-old woman, an architectural maestro, has completed a restoration of this oldest-surviving Christian church in Shanghai, which last month hosted its first service in decades and is scheduled to open in the near future.

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Working to keep precious public spaces for the people

In 1869, Cunningham wrote a 4-page letter to the Shanghai Municipal Council from Yokohama, Japan. He strongly opposed the use of the river frontage from Yang King Pang (today’s Yan’an Road E.) to the Public Garden for ship wharves. “The sole beauty of Shanghai is the Bund ... It is the only place where the residents can get fresh air from the river in an evening promenade, the only place of the settlement where there is a free outlook,” he wrote.