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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

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.

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New museum: sky gazing never loses its appeal

Even Jules Verne was impressed enough to record it. The 19th-century Xujiahui Observatory has been restored to delight a new generation of meteorology buffs.