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Notes on the Geography of China: Shanghai:The Bund: Photo 33

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The Shanghai Club was established on this site in 1865 and occupied this building from 1910 to 1949. The building then became the Dong Feng or "East Wind" Hotel. The oddly sunken entrance illustrates the problem with subsidence along the bund.

Harold Acton came by in the 1930s and later recollected: "The tone of conversation in the Shanghai Club with its longest bar in the world was intensely anti-Chinese, and when I ventured to protest I was just told I was not qualified to have an opinion. Thirty years--and sometimes more--without troubling to learn the language, and these 'Old China Hands' pickled in alcohol considered themselves supreme authorities on the country and the people. They prided themselves on never mixing with the 'natives'. Was it due to the climate? They were inveterate grumblers. A traveller fresh from Europe who, instead of sozzling, went about sober with his eyes open, was plain 'green'; his views were worthless, and if he had learnt the lingo--well, the poor devil was past praying for. (Memoirs of an Aesthete, 1948, p. 291)

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