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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raszid62 (18515) 2012-09-22 14:05
Genre toneel met die syfers was. Opium rook kamer wat hier gewys word. Voor die invloei van EuropeŽrs na China, amper daar nie opium. Die Britte gedwing om die Chinese in die negentiende eeu, rook en propageer dit. Toe hulle geweier het, 'n bloedige oorlog uitgebreek het opium. Groot kleure en foto kwaliteit.
delpeoples (59426) 2012-09-22 15:58
Your photo and depict a shameful part of Anglo-Chinese history. This is an interesting exhibition, your photo is excellent and your note is both comprehensive and informative.
Thanks for sharing
jhm (157798) 2012-09-23 1:24
Dit wassenbeeld museum toont perfect hoe het vroeger aan toe ging, de voorloper van de moderne drugs van heden ten dage.
Het is werkeliojk heel mooi gepresenteerd met een zeer hoge scherpte en diti kwaliteit.
Schitterend foto werk.
Written in Dutch.
Silvio1953 (150161) 2012-09-27 4:30
Ciao Neels, interesting scene from museum, good composition, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
thebest (4276) 2013-09-13 18:01
I kept looking at this image as it looks so real & then I realised it is a museum exhibit... Extremely life like.
The clarity & colours are brilliant & the content full of interesting details.
I like this photo very much - well done.