“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

The Golden Dragon, Hotel des Wagon-Lits, Peking

Posted: September 9th, 2016 | No Comments »

I’m generally pretty good on the old curio and antique shops of Shanghai, but distinctly less so regarding Peking (outside of The Camel Bell and Henri Vetch’s places). As with Shanghai curio shops appeared in the lobbies and adjacent to leading hotels where foreigners stayed – The Camel Bell and Vetch’s French Bookshop were in the lobby of the Peking Hotel. Here’s an advert for The Golden Dragon, which was in the Hotel des Wagon-Lits (which I’ve posted about before – just stick “Wagon-Lits” in the search engine and you’ll get some pictures and luggage labels etc).

So I’m rather bereft on facts – The Golden Dragon was one of a number of retail outlets in the hotel, including American Express. This ad is from the mid-1930s – and I’ve not got anything else I’m afraid…though if anyone does of course I’d love to hear?


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