You don’t need to leave your house to get to know a far-away country, a big city, or a tiny house in a tiny town. All you need to do is open a book and read.
In this article by Rana Mitter, there are a few tips to work your way through China. Admittedly, I didn’t read many of them, but the ones I read were good. Therefore, the rest of the list must be good as well!
A walk around Old Shanghai today also reminds you that it was one of the great cities of the British Empire, and this lost world is called up in Robert Bickers’s Empire Made Me, the reconstruction of the life of a British policeman who lived and died in the “noisy, stinking streets” of the pre-war city.