He skillfully interweaves characters, various settings, interviews, and lots of thorough research.
Meyer offers hundreds of intimate windows into contemporary Chinese culture, its dreamy idealism, extreme modernism, and comic book nationalism.
At home in the hutong, Meyer is able to chronicle its extinction like a preservational linguist might do with a dying tongue.
A lot a good information from an interesting viewpoint.. Helped connect a lot of facts that I had read elsewhere as well as many things I hadn't known. Read morePublished 19 days ago by PA buyer
Thoughtful, well researched. A grief observed for a city that has grown too fast...Published 1 month ago by Ann Beckley-Forest
This is a great read. Michael Meyer does a terrific job of making the hutong and the people who live there come alive in a delightful way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim Burns
If you are interested in an expats view of the development of Beijing and the rapid changes in China this book was very entertaining and informative.Published 10 months ago by Mark Kolier
I had expected to read more about the beauty of old Beijing. Instead, what I felt when i was reading the book was the filthiness and disorder of Beijing, either the old one or the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by zhang meng
I've lived in Beijing almost 7 years now and hang out regularly in Beijing's hutongs and yet I still feel like I'm learning so much reading this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kristen Lum
I have been living in Beijing only seven months but have walked around the Dazhalan neighborhood where Michael Meyer lived in the late 1990's. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ron Webb
Had to get it for my Legal Studies Chinese Law Class because it was going to be on my final. It was actually a good and informative read. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this because I was on my way to Beijing. I found the first 100 pages interesting but it couldn't keep my attention.Published 18 months ago by Frequentreader102