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Nankin Road, Shanghai
Nankin Road, Shanghai

Nankin Road, Shanghai 1901


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Nankin Road, Shanghai 1901

2 mins United Kingdom

This is an extraordinary window on to the heart of cosmopolitan Shanghai, over a hundred years ago, featuring a Nanjing Road bustling with crowds of Chinese, Sikhs and Europeans. It is the only known surviving example of the film reportage shot by British war correspondent Joe Rosenthal during his coverage of the Boxer Rebellion in China between 1900 and 1901.


Travelogue Non-Fiction


Rickshaws Street scenes Shanghai


Shanghai - Pearl of the Orient




United Kingdom



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Warwick Trading Company

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