An Eye-Witness Account Of The Tiananmen Incident 1989

The following are a Chinese language post penned by 老气横秋 who participated and witnessed the Tiananmen Incident 1989 and its English translation. Photos and captions are added by Fish.  May 18, 1989, Beijing factory workers joined the anti-corruption movement taking place in the Tiananmen Square initiated by university students. The corrupted officials were mainly referring to Deng Pufang, Deng Xiaoping’s […]

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Trams In Shanghai

A tram in Shanghai during the 1920s. Early Days Of Shanghai Tram Once upon a time, there was a popular nursery song in Shanghai: There is an old uncle aged eighty plus eight, who took Tram Route 8 to Eight Immortals Bridge, bought eight bowls of Eight Treasures rice, which cost him eight yuans plus eighty-eight fens. 有个老伯伯年纪八十八,乘了八路电车到八仙桥,买了八碗八宝饭,一共用脱八块八角八。 Old uncle […]

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Ancient Water Town Qiandeng in Kunshan

Ancient water town Qiandeng (千灯) is located in Suzhou’s Kunshan, where Kunqu, the mother of all Chinese operas, was originated. The waterfront of most Chinese towns are traditionally allocated as public space. In Qiandeng, an eleborated pavilion is also erected in the form of a boat, which can be used for Kungqu opera performance. The main shopping street of Qiandeng […]

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Transformation of Shanghai in the Past 70 Years

Shanghai in 1955, an ordinary docker’s home. Shanghai in 1956, factory workers practising dragon dance. Shanghai in 1956, two ladies in makeup and Shanghai-style fashion gown. Shanghai in 1956, mothers and their kids looking themselves in distorting mirrors at The Great World, the biggest indoor entertainment venue in China. Shanghai in 1958, a shop selling table lamp & hanging lantern […]

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A Hong Kong Funeral

A Hong Kong funeral in the early 20th century British Hong Kong police and onlookers The funeral band, with the loud and howling suona horns being the central musical instruments. In a typical traditional Chinese funeral, Buddhist monks and/or Taoists played a vital role in assisting the deceased to choose the best available new form of existence. Funeral floats with prominent figures […]

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Hong Kong Before 1997

Hong Kong, a Chinese port city initially part of Guangdong Province, was lent to Britain as its colony by a non-Chinese regime (Manchus’ Qing Dynasty) for 99 years. After more than a century, the city eventually returned to China in 1997. 1894, a Hong Kong street after a plague. Over 2,000 people died and one-third of residents fled Hong Kong. […]

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