Reviving a Once-Raffish Shanghai Theme …

Gangsters and secret society members once roamed the tiled corridors of Shanghai’s Great World, rubbing shoulders with European businessmen, prostitutes, fortune-tellers, magicians and gamblers. The indoor theme park on the border of the French Concession and the International Settlement was described by one visiting Hollywood director in the 1930s as a “house of multiple joys” and "studded with every variety of entertainment Chinese ingenuity had contrived,” establishing itself as one of the defining monuments of old Shanghai.

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