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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

Signal tower harks back to an era of immense change

The Gutzlaff Signal Tower is like the first note of the Bund symphony, says Tongji University Vice President Wu Jiang. “Traditionally, the Bund started from the tower, which was seen by all ships on the Huangpu River. When approaching from the south, the signal tower acts as the best starting note for the Bund symphony,” says Wu, a noted expert on the architectural history of Shanghai.

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Architect enlists peers to furnish new bar

​CHINESE architect Bu Bing commissioned 14 peers to help him design furniture for Gallery, a cafe and bar he opened last September. Half a year later, these architects completed their task, producing an array of chic tables, chairs, stools and food trays, all of which went on exhibit at the bar last Sunday.