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Hazelwood: The Taipan’s Retreat

The stately Butterfield & Swire taipan's mansion -- "the only gentleman's house in Shanghai'' -- was designed from afar by an architect who never set foot here. It's closed to the public now, but on Sunday February 26, 1.30pm, we'll kick off our Avenue Haig (Part 2) walk with a private tour of this legendary Shanghai ...

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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, and we hear about him from old Shanghainese and Shanghailanders, who remember their parents threatening them with "hong tou Ah-San" if they misbehaved. But who was he? Where did he live? What he ...

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THE INTERVIEW: Patricia Luce Chapman – An American Girl in Wartime Shanghai

Patricia Luce Chapman, the author of Tea on the Great Wall: An American Girl in War-Torn China was born in Shanghai in 1926 to a journalist mother and businessman father, and grew up here during a time that was both glamorous and difficult. She lived on Columbia Circle in a house designed by Hudec, went to Victor ...

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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 history. It didn't start off auspiciously ... [caption id="attachment_423" align="alignnone" width="669"] Prince William meeting with students at Nanyang Secondary School in ...

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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 trot and waltz out onto the verandah. Listen carefully in the empty bowling alley, and you might hear the whispers of those who crowded in here when it was a Japanese internment camp. You ...

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Historic Shanghai’s Best Books, 2014

  Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones   Talented China fiction writer Nicole Mones turns her attention to Shanghai with this delightful tale of 1930s Shanghai, starring musician Thomas Greene who arrives from segregated Baltimore to find wealth, position, and love—only to have his life changed forever ...

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THE INTERVIEW: 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 memoir, salvaging intimate ...