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

The Metropole, Shanghai, 1930s advert…

Posted: October 8th, 2019 | No Comments »

The Metropole was built on the junctions of Honan Road (Henan Road Middle) and Foochow Road (Fuzhou Road) in 1930 with Hamilton House attached. It still looks good on the outside though the inside has been disrespected – most recently the charming American Bar ripped out to create (of all things!) a gym! So the interior is now not really anything to bother about…Here’s an ad for the hotel back in the day when you could have had a cocktail and a fascinating chat in the bar with some sojourner or Shanghailander as opposed to going to a gym and watching censored CNN or some such….and you can forget any idea of an ‘excellent Grill Room’…

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