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Bienvenido a Shanghai: Spanish guide to the city released

Updated from the first edition that was launched in 2010, the new edition is more informative, with life in Shanghai presented through the lens of?expat?photographers.

Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes Shanghai, a branch of the Cervantes Institute, launched a second edition of a guide to the city in Spanish on Thursday. The first edition was launched for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

Guia de Shanghai” includes history, tourist attractions, dining, night life and transportation, with travel route recommendations and useful phrases in Chinese.

“Many Spanish-speaking people visit China every year, so we’re helping them address the language barrier and smooth their experience,” said Inma Gonzalez Puy, director of the Cervantes Institute in Beijing.

The guide also introduces car-hailing apps and mobile payment methods, and has a directory of art and cultural destinations.

“People may be very familiar with the Bund and some of its historic areas, but the city has many great museums and galleries that are worth a visit too,” Puy said.

A Spanish architect and a cultural researcher who were living in Shanghai were engaged to enrich the text about Spanish people who had left their traces of architecture and inter-cultural exchanges here.

Rosalia Ramos Guerra, a Spanish expat who has lived here for six years, updated venues. “I asked myself what I would recommend to my friends if I want them to see beyond the skyscrapers,” she said.

Having completed a Master’s in theater in Shanghai, she is familiar with theater and art venues, but to make sure that the data was up to date, she had to check out some venues in person and search them through the popular listing app Dazhong Dianping as well as local lifestyle magazines.

For photographer Joan Llabata, Shanghai is a mixture of everything from economic miracles to regular people living their daily lives. But with many small places slowly disappearing, “I want to document those places before they’re gone,” he said.

The guide can be downloaded for free from the institute’s website and is available at the institute at 208 Anfu Road.

An exhibition of photos about life in Shanghai, taken by three photographers who took pictures for the guide, is open at the institute until March 23.

Dong Jun / SHINE
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