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The coronation of George V at the former British Consulate in 1911.

British Royals & Shanghai

With Prince William visiting Shanghai this week, we thought it was an opportune moment to look back at royal visits to Shanghai in ...


Columbia Country Club

The swimming pool is still, a lone leaf skittering across its mirrored surface. In the ballroom, the ghosts of glamorous couples fox ...


Historic Shanghai’s Best Books, 2014

  Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones   Talented China fiction writer Nicole Mones turns her attention to ...


Conversations: Lives in the Longtangs with Jie Li

Jie Li, author of Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life, has a unique insight into the lives within the longtangs: this is where her parents and grandparents lived, and where she spent her childhood. On December 6, she will speak to Historic Shanghai about her book, part microhistory, part ...


The Shanghai Paper Hunt

"In the beginning, as we can well understand, means of recreation were somewhat limited. Indeed, an old resident has described wheelbarrow races up and down the Bund as an after dinner amusement on summer evenings!"4 When foreigners arrived in old Shanghai, they found themselves with rather an ...


Conversations: Researching Old Shanghai with Greg Leck

Greg Leck, author of  Captives of Empire,  will speak to Historic Shanghai on September 14, 2014 on the topic of researching Shanghai abroad. Dr. Leck, a veterinarian who lives in Pennsylvania, answered a few of our questions about his books, his research and his inspiration. Captives of ...

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The Evolution of Shanghai Fashion

Shanghai has long been considered a cosmopolitan city, China's hub of East-meets-West cultural exchange, open to new and foreign ideas, inventions, and even clothing. The rapid modernization and 'opening up' of China during the first half of the twentieth century influenced the ways in which the people ...