Gay Shanghai – Part One

The Paris of Asia? Or the Whore of Orient?
Which was it? A city of sophistication, elegance, grace and beautiful buildings? Or one where low-life and vice flourished in all its multifarious forms?
In today’s Shanghai it’s not so easy to flip through the many-layers of this utterly fascinating Asian destination, now the gayest of China’s many mega cities. So let’s start with the analogy to Paris.
Gay Shanghai – The Art Deco Entrance to the Whampoa Club Restaurant on The Bund
From the end of the 19th century through the first decades of the 20th, Shanghai was not merely the financial, most civilized

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