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The tale from Bloody Alley
« on: October 02, 2015, 05:40:50 AM »
Dear all,

This is very interesting part of a story about old Shanghai. It is not only interesting for such of old Shanghai token collectors and dealers like me, but also for military soldiers and all those who love history about old Shanghai.

Rue Chu-Pao-San (in Chinese: 朱葆三路, Zhubaosan road) was the probably the shortest street in old Shanghai, less than 100 meters long. According to "Huangpu District gazetteer" it has a total length of 138m, width 12m.
It was the street within a border of Shanghai's French Concession. Rue Chu-Pao-San was the official name, but among sailors and soldiers it was known as Blood Alley, full of bars (like "George's Bar", "Laci Bar", "Finnemores Bar", "Silver Dollar Bar", "Manhattan Bar" or "Pop's Place"), casinos (like "Del Monte" or "Farren's"), cabarets (like "The Palais Cabaret" or "Charlestone Cabaret"), fancy restaurants, cafes and brothels. It was the sin street where every night there was some good fight, just a few steps off the Bund.

Most of you would wonder where the name of the street came from?

Well, it came from Mr Chu Pao San. He was born in 1848 in the ancestral home in Taizhou, Zhejiang province. He was a businessman and a philanthropist, thanked to who was set up China's first modern bank - Commercial Bank of China. He is rightly called the veteran merchant of Shanghai, having engaged in business, of different kinds, in Shanghai for over 60 years. After his death on 2nd September 1926 concession authorities decided to name former Pei Zhen Road to Rue Chu-Pai-San road.

I must point here one thing. In the foreign concessions, only two streets were named after Chinese figures. One was Rue Chu Pao San. The other was Yu Ya Ching Road (now Xizang Zhonglu), named in 1936 after a leading figure (1867-1944) also from Zhejiang who was a member of the Shanghai Municipal Council.

1926 was the date of birth of the Bloody Alley, In 1930s foreign sailors who came there for alcohol, gambling, listening jazz and cheap pleasures - often ended in knife-fighting on the street, those sometimes being lethal. The dance tickets could be bought only a few cents there and hostesses were clearly prostitutes. Some of them were Russian but the majority was Chinese girls coming from the poorest suburbs of Shanghai.

Customers in George’s Bar were more subdued and the Palais was noted for the best looking women in Blood Alley. It appeared that way, with something else-variety.

After the war, a large number of US troops arrived there. On 23rd September 1946 blind drunk American sailor killed for no reason a child, caused a sensation in Shanghai.

In 1949 after liberation, the new goverment changed the name of the street to Xikou Road and that was the end of the Bloody Alley.

On those old photographs from Shanghai we can still see the Bloody Alley during its shining times, but today Xikou Road it's a shopping street. The building on the left side is still there but the one on the right is gone...

More about Rue Chu-Pao-San you can find in Harold Stephens' book "Take China The Last Of The China Marines".

There are several old Shanghai tokens which were issued by those places located on Bloody Alley like: Pop's Place, George's Bar, Laci Bar, Finnemores Bar, Manhattan Bar, Del Monte, Farren's, The Palais Cabaret or Charlestone Cabaret.

However, the most famous old Shanghai token from the Bloody Alley is Silver Dollar Bar. Token is nickel-plated brass. It has two denomination: 1 jiao (10 cents) and 2 jiao (20 cents). It says the address 18-20 Rue Chu Pao San.
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 05:46:08 AM »
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2015, 05:49:21 AM »
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2015, 05:52:32 AM »
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2015, 05:57:25 AM »
Here is a misterious photos. I think made after 1949, but I can't be sure. On Rue Chu Pao San (Xikou road) was black market.
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2015, 06:19:28 AM »
And here is Laci Bar token and Pop's Place token
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2015, 07:06:33 AM »
Tokens & early year coins have a lot more history then MCC so could they have a bigger upside in the long run?   The old cars & rickshaws, fashion, what life was like back in time........

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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2016, 03:56:15 AM »
I used to find a photo from one of the bar on  Rue Chu Pao San. Here is a proof that it is authentic photo with description. This book was sold on auction a while ago.
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Re: The tale from Bloody Alley
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2016, 04:10:08 AM »
According to what I found The photo was taken in 1935. The text next to photo says there were 20 bars and cafes on Blood Alley.
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