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Broadway Mansions Shanghai

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    Broadway Mansions Shanghai
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History

About the Location
The Broadway Mansions Hotel was constructed in 1934 during the time in which Shanghai experienced a building boom. In the years before the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Broadway Mansions was lauded as one of the most exceptional apartment buildings in the city. From that point onward, the property was under the control of several different governments, armies and ideologies until becoming a hotel. During the time of the Japanese invasion of the Chinese mainland, the building was seized by the Japanese Army and used by the military government to conduct weekly meetings, house soldiers, and as a space for administrators of the occupational government. When the Japanese surrendered to the United States in 1945, the building was transformed into a base of operations for US forces which included an army hospital, the office for the US Military Aid Group in China and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.

The hotel was reportedly the site of the final stand-off between the communist revolutionaries and the nationalist forces in Shanghai, which ended with the surrender of Kuomintang soldiers to the People’s Liberation Army. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the Broadway Mansion became a hotel for foreign visitors to the city. This included African and Middle Eastern students, European teachers, and even American businessmen as commercial relations between the two powers began to improve in the 1980s. Today, the hotel is still an excellent location for tourists from around the world visiting Shanghai, and with its renovations in 2003, the Broadway Mansions provides modern amenities and comfort while still retaining the fascinating history that is held in its nearly century old walls.

About the Architecture
The city of Shanghai is known around the world as having one of the best collections of Art Deco-style buildings in Eastern Asia. As one of these buildings, the Broadway Mansions Hotel prides itself on maintaining the architectural details that make it a key part of Shanghai’s history. The building was developed by architect B. Flazer of Palmer & Turner. It is a steel-framed red brick building in the design of the “stepped skyscraper” and reaches a height of 78 meters. The floor plans for the hotel were modeled after the Chinese character for the number eight, a symbol of luck and prosperity. The hotel has kept its 1930s façade largely intact over the years, giving guests the feeling of staying in the French Concession in a bygone era.


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Austria 08000706176
Belgium 080081830
France 805542721
Germany 8007241217
Ireland 1800995320
Italy 800979444
Netherlands 08000200956
Norway 80054304
Spain 900814719
Switzerland 0800001798
UK 8009179622
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