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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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School tried to emulate the spirit of renowned Renaissance scholar

LITTLE is left of a Christian school for boys founded in 1850, but a new museum now allows the public to peer into the past, when Western cultural made its first mark on Chinese education.

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Sadness, joy mingled in 1943 visit to the convent

A contemporary restaurant marks the site of the historic Virgin Mary Convent in Xujiahui, which took in unmarried women, orphaned girls, the disabled and the elderly. Today, under the old dome, couples say their wedding vows.