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Streets of Shanghai

 

 

A guide to Shanghai in the 1920s

 

 Above: Garden Park, the Bund

 

 

 

Welcome to Shanghai

 

Historical Timeline

 

 

 

 

Culture

The Americans

The British

The Chinese

The Japanese (still to come)

The White Russians

 

Foot binding

Foreign Views of China

Freemasonry

 

Life

Architecture and Housing

The city streets

Lower class entertainment

Money

Paper Hunt Club

Riding

Shopping

Law

Labour unrest

Shanghai Municipal Police

William Fairbairn and the Reserve Unit

Crime

Green Gang

Opium

Vice

 

Individuals

Du Yuesheng -- Green Gang kingpin

Fairbairn, William (see "Law")

Huang Jinrong -- gangster boss and police chief

Litvanoff, Victoria -- blackmailer, madam and clairvoyant

 

Images

Maps

Old Shanghai Today

From the set of the White Countess

 

Transport

Rickshaws

Sampans

Shipping

Locations

Communist hideout

Consulates

Hotels

Library

Post and Telegraph Offices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note on romanisation: I toyed with using modern pinyin romanisation for Chinese words and names, but it looked weird. Instead, I've chosen to romanise things as they would have been at the time, which is to say inconsistently. Hopefully that won't be too annoying. I also apologise for the rather primitive layout, but I fear that if I were to unleash my full layout design abilities, the result would be so awesome your whole body would fall off.

This site is a work in progress. I am still fiddling around with write-ups of the various geographical areas of town, the racecourse, Communists, notable personalities and all that jazz. Also an article on jazz.

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