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Britain's front door
You won't hear much from the guides about Shanghai's early history, they will say it was always an important Chinese city from ancient times. The truth is that China's second city, Shanghai, was essentially a British foundation. Soon after Britain won the first Opium War the British settlement was founded in 1843. It very rapidly developed and was known as 'Britain's front door'. Britain devolved power to the Shanghai International Settelement but British merchants were the dominant nationality. From 1760 with a population of 50,000 it grew to 5,000,000 by 1920. Read More
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