Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.179.
Entitled – Shanghai.
One of the Public Tea-Gardens.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Shanghai. – The distance from Hong Kong to Shanghai is 870 miles, and the journey is accomplished by a coasting steamer in about four days. This, the largest of the Treaty Ports, and by far the most importnt settlement in China, is situated thirteen miles from the mouth of the Woosung River, and about seventy from the mighty Yang-tse-Kiang. Shanghai lies within moated walls 20ft. high, on the edge of the great plain of Kiang See; and the town will always be remembered as the spot where Gordon’s “Ever Victorious Army” was raised. This town is also the seat of the Works Office for all the Treaty Ports, and here are established electric lighting, gas and water-works, and extensive docks. The present population is about 400,000, of whom 3,000 are foreign residents. The traveller may be conveyed from one part of the town to another in a pony-gig, palanquin, jinriksha, or even in a wheel-barrow. The Cathedral here cost £30,000; yet in 1846 there was scarcely a house to be seen among the vast expanse of corn, rice, and cotton-fields. This space, however, is now covered with a foreign town, one mile square, with a large and increasing Chinese population. Shanghai commands the River Yang-tse-Kiang, upon a tributary of which (the Hwang-po) it stands; and it is the principal shipping port of the silk and tea districts. There are in the town French, American, and English settlements, the latter being the central and most extensive. Along the river bank runs the Bund, a broad road three miles long, and lined with fine buildings. We have refrained from giving a view of this principal street, for in appearance it resembles any European thoroughfare. Instead, our photograph depicts one of the picturesque public tea-gardens of Shanghai.
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