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Luoyang Bridge, Quanzhou, showing oyster beds

This magnificent and famous stone beam bridge (Wan’an Bridge) in Qhanzhou, Fujian province was first built in the eleventh century; it has been restored many times since then and still stands.   The elegant granite ship-shaped piers cut the rapid current … Continue reading

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Entrance to the Huihuiying Mosque, Peking

To mark the Islamic New Year, here is part of a rare photograph of the entrance to the Huihuiying Mosque [回回营清真寺遗存], in Donganfu Hutong, near Beihai Park, Beijing, taken about 1870.  The image shown above, is a cropped version to … Continue reading

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Model Prison, Kweilin Fu, c.1900

The caption in Bishop Banister’s photograph album for this photograph (Ba03-20) is: Model Prison. Kweilin Fu, Kwangsi.  The prison is in the panopticon style, first designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham.  The photograph dates from around … Continue reading

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Piazza Regina Elina, Italian Concession, Tientsin

Between 1860 and 1945, the Chinese port city of Tientsin (Tianjin) was the site of up to nine foreign-controlled concessions, as well as, temporarily, a multi-national military government (1900-02), and a series of evolving municipal administrations.  This photograph (Gr01-100) on … Continue reading

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Metropole Hotel, Shanghai, 1930 上海新城饭店老照片

This photograph (BS-s11) of the Metropole Hotel under construction, is from the British Steel Archive Project, in Teesside, from whence came the girders for the building’s steel frame.  The Metropole was designed by Palmer and Turner, and was built on … Continue reading

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