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History, Heritage and the Importance of Remembering

As is probably evident by now, I am fascinated by History and by Heritage, which are two different things, the former being a narration of a series of events regarded as significant by a person, a community or a nation, and taking place within a specific timeline; and the latter being a… 648 more words

Landmarks & History

The Cathay Hotel, Shanghai... today's Fairmont Peace Hotel

The Cathay Hotel is a dream of a hotel.

An art deco mirage in concrete and cast iron, floating impossibly on the once-swampy banks of the Shanghai Bund – Britain’s city-monument to Imperial Might. 403 more words

Art & Architecture

The French Concession, Shanghai

The French Concession in Shanghai was established in 1849 – the final concession to be established in the city – and it lasted till 1946, one year after the surrender of the Japanese in the aftermath of World War II. 953 more words

Art & Architecture

Nanjing Road and the International Settlement, Shanghai

In the beginning, there was only the British Concession – or the British settlement, as it was known in 1842, when, under the auspices of the Treaty of Nanking, Shanghai was established as a Treaty Port.  1,107 more words

Art & Architecture

A Tour of the Shanghai Bund (上海外灘)

The Shanghai Bund is the centerpiece of its namesake city, Shanghai – that most quintessential of all Treaty Ports in China, and one of the greatest city’s in recent history. 1,282 more words

Art & Architecture

The Grand Tour II-5: On the Sea... Shanghai (上海)

Shanghai is one of those epic cities that once you get to know, you will find impossible to forget.  It lingers on in the mind like an ex-lover, suggesting drama and romance. 682 more words

Art & Architecture

Gulangyu Island (鼓浪嶼), Xiamen - a perfectly preserved piece of European history in China

When it comes to poster-boys for colonial architecture in Mainland China, two places come to mind. The first is, naturally, Shanghai and the iconic Shanghai Bund (which features next month).   721 more words

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