The Foreign Concessions in Shanghai
By SHANGHAI PUBLIC WORKS, 1928
Plan of Shanghai.
- Author: SHANGHAI PUBLIC WORKS
- Publication place: Shanghai
- Publisher: Shanghai Public Works
- Publication date: 1928.
- Physical description: Folding chromolithograph map, a few tears to old folds.
- Dimensions: 1040 by 550mm. (41 by 21.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2583
During the 1920s and 30s Shanghai had become the most important port in Asia, with tea, silks and porcelain being exported to Europe and America, and a great deal of opium being imported. The city was home to some 3 million inhabitants, of which 70,000 were foreigners. Although small in number, the foreigners (mainly British, French, American, Russian and Japanese), due to land concessions — which are clearly delineated on the map — controlled almost half the city and much of the import and export trade. What is not marked on the plan, however, are the city’s notorious opium dens and whorehouses; with such earthly temptations well catered for and no passports or visas required, Shanghai became an infamous and exotic port of call.