Do you ever image the import & export trade companies in Guangzhou a hundred years ago?
In the Qing Dynasty, before the Opium War in the mid 19th century, Guangzhou was the only left city permitting international trade. Thirteen local companies were patented to monopolize business. They were seen in the history books as Shi San Hang (十三行), or “Thirteen Hongs”.
Do you know what the reception rooms in Shi San Hang looks like? How many collections were in the rooms? What items were put inside? Piano? Phonograph? Pottery?
The Castle Fine Art Gallery now displaying an exhibition about the decoration and collections about Shi San Hang.
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