• <input id="y6oos"><u id="y6oos"></u></input>
  • <menu id="y6oos"></menu>
    <menu id="y6oos"></menu>
  • <input id="y6oos"></input><input id="y6oos"><acronym id="y6oos"></acronym></input>
    <input id="y6oos"><acronym id="y6oos"></acronym></input>
  • <menu id="y6oos"><acronym id="y6oos"></acronym></menu>
  • <input id="y6oos"><acronym id="y6oos"></acronym></input>
    <input id="y6oos"><u id="y6oos"></u></input>

    This Day in History: Palace of Sino-Soviet Friendship Completed

    By Ned Kelly, March 5, 2021

    0 0

    Referred to as ‘the wedding cake’ by many a resident foreigner, the Shanghai Exhibition Center is the ornate monolith of Soviet splendor steadfastly sprawling across an entire city block between the Yan’an Lu elevated highway and Nanjing Xi Lu. 

    A classic example of Stalinist architecture, construction was completed on March 5, 1955 with the assistance of the Soviet Union. It followed on from the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Alliance, that was ratified in 1945, but only made public in 1950 following Liberation the previous year.

    shanghai-exhibition-hall-1.jpg
    Image via @andersonandlow/Instagram

    The building stands on what was once the property of prosperous Jewish property tycoon Silas Aaron Hardoon (1851-1931), the man who funded the building of ‘Shanghai's Fifth Avenue,' the original Nanking Road; a shrewd bit of business that eventually made him one of the city's wealthiest inhabitants

    Originally named the ‘Palace of Sino-Soviet Friendship,’ the building was intended to showcase Chinese advances in agriculture and industrial technology during the ‘Bamboo Curtain’ era. But once the honeymoon period between the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union was over, and relations began to sour, the building was renamed.

    The building was called the Shanghai Pavilion during the Cultural Revolution, before being given its present name during the period of Reform and Opening-Up.

    shanghai-exhibition-hall-2.jpg
    Image via @no.800/Instagram

    And there it still stands, remaining in use as an exhibition space, one of the most iconic buildings in the city, in all its unsubtle, ostentatious and monumental glory. With its bold Bolshevik strokes and its gilded spire topped with the Soviet star, it stands testament to the ties between the two countries, their shared history and the influence the Soviet Union once enjoyed here.


    For more This Day in History stories, click here.

    [Cover image via Wikimedia]

    more news

    How Shared Bikes are Being Reused in the PRC

    While the bike share craze has settled down now, it's hard to ignore what happened with all those two-wheelers.

    Explainer: Why People Cut Their Hair on Longtaitou Festival

    It was a tradition in the past for folks to lineup outside barbershops on Longtaitou Festival, waiting for their first haircut of the New Year.

    This Day in History: The Funeral of Ruan Lingyu

    The Shanghainese silent film star had taken her own life at the age of just 24.

    Meet the Man Fighting to Conserve the Famous Kaiping Diaolou

    We sat down with Rocky Deng to talk about his project, which has become much more than just an accommodation.

    This Week in History: When Charlie Chaplin Came to China

    The King of Comedy's fly-by 1936 visit to the Pearl of the Orient.

    China’s New ‘International Travel Health Certificate’ Explained

    China recently offered a clue as to how international travel would return to normal post-COVID-19.

    Explainer: Women's Day's Revolutionary Roots

    We take a look at the origins and customs of China's 'sanba,' aka International Women's Day.

    9 Badass Women in Chinese History

    Here are nine of the most fearsome and intelligent women to ever have lived.

    0 User Comments

    In Case You Missed It…

    We're on WeChat!

    Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at Thats_Shanghai for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

    7 Days in Shanghai With thatsmags.com

    Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

    Subscribe

    Download previous issues

    Never miss an issue of That's Shanghai!

    Visit the archives

    一级a爰片免费观看全视频,1级a做片视频在线观看,一级a做爰片免费视频