Although I was in Shanghai for several weeks twice in the 1980s, I didn't learn much about the city's history. At the time I was an oddity to the Shanghai residents and they were mystery to me. The government was interested only in impressing foreigners with its modernity yet it housed our tour group in a wonderful 1930s hotel with delightful gardens to stroll in. At that time, leaving the grounds or the group was frowned upon, but I found my way out of the gate. I managed to spend several hours walking streets I could hardly comprehend but carefully checked for visual bread crumbs to find my way back. I was there four years later and stayed at a different but similar hotel. It was not near as lavish as the Jin Jiang. I often wonder if it is still there.
Context Conversations' three-part course on Shanghai was one of the best of all online seminars I have attended. I learned more in those three segments than one often learns in a whole semester. The attention to detail was impeccable and Mr. de Muynck does an excellent job of explaining how the city grew and changed over many, many years. I was fascinated by the maps; they showed the change in detail and helped with understanding how and why the city has changed. The photos which accompanied his lectures were often stunning, very well chosen to illustrate the changes that have occurred in the past 3-4 decades and to show why some of those skyscrapers look they way they do.
I knew that Shanghai had changed incredibly since I was there and I wasn't sure I wanted to see the new city it has become. Now that I know what and why many of the changes were made and how the city has developed, I think maybe I am ready to return. Thanks to Context Conversations, I know much more about the city that entranced me four decades ago.
Learned a lot about the development of shanghai and it's architecture, Recommended.
Bert de Muynck pulls the curtain back to explore the international intrigue of Shanghai over many decades and its amazing development in very recent years. A trade center, the city today boasts business-oriented skyscrapers that rival the most innovative in the world. If you missed this course in October, don't miss it in December.
I feel I learned a lot of interesting information that I didn’t know before ..
The course was well presented combining history with architecture and Bert kept me wanting to know more during each session.
Excellent, well-organized, fact-filled, passionately presented history of Shanghai via its history and architecture. Bert has great visuals to enhance his stimulating presentation. Belgian-born but long time Shanghai resident, he provides a great perspective on Shanghai's fascinating history.