Shanghai Race Club - tour the former Clubhouse

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Shanghai Race Club - tour the former Clubhouse

Shanghai Race Club - tour the former Clubhouse
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The Shanghai Race Club (Shanghai Art Museum)The perimeter of today’s People’s Square once defined old Shanghai’s race course, where millionaires rode their steeds and their wives would wager fans and sun bonnets because betting money was too, too vulgar. The Shanghai Race Club was their clubhouse and epicenter, a streamlined neoclassical building whose clock tower (“Big Bertie”) still overlooks Nanjing Road.The Shanghai Race Club was one of the main centres of Shanghai social life – firms like Jardines raced Mongolian ponies in the firm’s name, foreign courtesans had their own stands and millionaires like Victor Sassoon popped Champagne and dined on stuffed quail in their own tiffin rooms.There were Turkish baths, bowling lanes and horse heads on the banister – and plenty of entertainment (such as the inebriated socialite who slipped into a gigantic punchbowl one memorable Christmas). But ultimately, it was a democratic institution, thanks to the SRC’s cooperative lottery system, and the heyday of the private owner-trainer-rider. Each autumn, the ponies came in from Mongolia, and at 7pm on the designated day, in the coffee room, each subscriber drew a pony at a cost of £20. The raw material of these “subscription griffins” was never very good, so training often began at 6am the very next day!
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231 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200001 China

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隽永
Oct 2012
人民广场边上的这幢欧式古典风格的老建筑,是这一带我最喜欢的风景,优雅,从容,好像对周遭的车水马龙和嘈杂喧嚣毫不在意,虽然它几乎已经被淹没在了高楼大厦的影子里。据说这幢楼曾经被用作上海图书馆,现在是上海美术馆,但据说很快又要有变化了。
Written June 1, 2013
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