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Old Shanghai Film Weekend

Our upcoming weekend of old Shanghai film fun (June 3-5 2016) will include a visit to the Shanghai Film Museum, a trip to see the old ...

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Sikhs in Shanghai

The Sikh policeman was ubiquitous in old Shanghai - we see him in photographs of old Shanghai street scenes, depicted in cartoons, ...

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Bookshelf: Death in Shanghai

MJ Lee’s Death in Shanghai is a delicious crime novel set in old Shanghai. Terrific plot, great characters, superb writing – and ...

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The Interview: Katya Knyazeva on Shanghai’s Old Town

The original Shanghai – the “old town” – is hidden in plain sight, in center of China’s wealthiest city. Yet it is but a shadow, unexplored territory for both foreigners and locals. And it's vanishing quickly. Journalist, photographer, and tour guide Katya Knyazeva has spent six years ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Year in Review 2015

A look back on the tours, the talks, and that splendiferous World Congress on Art Deco that made up our 2015. [caption id="attachment_632" align="alignleft" width="255"] Stained glass dragon at the T'ou-se-wei orphanage, seen on our Easter Walking tour.[/caption] The Year in Numbers  14 ...

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Shanghai Synagogue: The House of Rachel

Jacob Sassoon built an empire in old Shanghai, but his sweetest legacy is the temple he built for his wife. The Sassoon family made their fortune in Shanghai: everyone knows that. It was Sassoon money that built so many of Shanghai’s landmarks: the Peace Hotel; Grosvenor House; the Metropole – ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Best Books of 2015

Our annual roundup of the year's best books on Shanghai's history. 2015 has produced an exceptional crop of books -- several that have been in the works for many years, by authors with impeccable Shanghai creds, and an unparalleled knowledge of Shanghai history. Instant classics! When True Love Came ...