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In response to a trade imbalance with China and the closing of Chinese ports to foreign trade, Britain produced opium in British-controlled Indian territory from where the drug was shipped and sold to Chinese opium smugglers off the coast and the two opium wars ensued during two decades up to 1860. After the second opium war was won by Britain, opium smoking houses were scattered all over the gloomy parts of old Shanghai. Some of them also doubled as brothels and were known as "Flowery Smoking Houses".

Image and information from the wax museum in the basement of the Pearl Tower in the Pudong area of Shanghai.

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  • Copyright: Neels Gunter (corjan3) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 17 N: 447] (2089)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-11-13
  • Categories: Event
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-09-22 4:36
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