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Then and Now: Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution

Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution, 1967. Speaking of the changes in the urban landscape – I knew about the vandalism and damage to the buildings, but had not realized how much paper and print was involved. The whole city, evidently, was wrapped in paper at the eye level and above. Source of images: https://weibo.com/6055128528/Hp6EytRIW, originally from www.medienarchiv.com (all original images have been enlarged and smoothed).

City God Temple 城隍庙:


Nanjing Road, corner of Jiangxi Road:


Same corner fifty years later, in 2017:


Former Yates Apartments on West Nanjing Road, corner of Shimen Road:


Same corner in 2017:


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Nanjing Road between Palace Hotel and Peace Hotel:


Same angle 50 years later, in 2017:


Possibly, Yan'an Road near Tongren Road:


Likely, West Nanjing Road:


Laundry drying in the Yu Garden:


Tea house 湖心亭 on the stagnant pond in the Yu Garden 豫园:


Creepy red Nanjing Road:


Former Wing-On department store 永安公司, renamed East is Red Department Store 东方红百货商店:


Custom House on the Bund:


Former Russo-Chinese Bank and Bank of Taiwan:




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Images of the Cultural Revolution in Shanghai (1966–1976)

Here are some images of familiar locations in the midst of the Cultural Revolution. There is no violence but a lot of cheering. All the photos are from the Getty Images, except for the last.

1966. People are scaling the facade of the Wing On department store on Nanjing Road, tearing down the signage:


1966. Red Guards with armbands are conducting a rally under the portico of the former Da Sun department store on Nanjing Road. The Park Hotel is visible in the distance:


1967. Crowds are celebrating on the roof of the Custom House, having succeeded in changing the tune of the clock to 'East is Red' 东方红:

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1967. Pedestrians in an alley off Nanjing Road, under the banner against American imperialism:


1968. Mao's portraits are carried along Nanjing Road toward the People's Square; the Wing On store is in the distance:


1971. Children are carrying images of Mao and red flags, while citizens go about their business:


1972. The US President Nixon is visiting the Sino-Soviet Friendship Centre:


1973. View of the embankment from the Peace Hotel. A giant propaganda stand has been installed there:


1974. A man is using a passenger pedicab for hauling something, maybe ice blocks:


1975. Back to Nanjing Road. The stores are adorned with propaganda banners. The one on the right is a quote from Lenin: 'Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.'


1976. Pedestrians on the Bund. Is it just the summer heat, or is everyone in the photo more relaxed than in the previous pictures? (This whole set of 1976 photos is here.)