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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

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Paying tribute to local pioneer and old ‘Latin Quarter’

The St Ignatius Cathedral was filled with people on the morning of November 24, 1933 in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the death of Xu Guangqi, the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) premier whom Xujiahui is named after.

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Grand Gothic cathedral restored to former glory

In 1945, renowned architect Liang Sicheng (1901-72) was commissioned by the Kuomintang government to identify architecture worthy of preservation in China’s warring localities.