Shangai, a Art Deco City in Asia

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Shanghai was occupied at various times during the 19th and 20th centuries before being governed by the Chinese. The British, French and Japanese all controlled the city at different points, amongst others. These periods of occupation left a deep impression on the city’s cultural identity while also helping to encourage the arts, cinema and theatre during the 1920s and 30s and giving birth to the first Chinese jazz group. In 1920 there were a million inhabitants, including 26,800 foreigners from all parts of the world who created streets in any style they liked, mixing neo-gothic, Victorian, art deco and classic style architecture… (Wikipedia).

Large Art Deco hotels like the Cathay Hôtel left a lasting impression on the city.

Vicky Baum, an Austrian writer who became a successful Hollywood screenwriter, told the story of nine characters in a hotel called Shanghai Hotel.


A street in San Francisco? New York? No, Shanghai in the 1930s!


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