Welcome to Shanghailander, the blog about Old Shanghai

Meet the author

This blog is a work of passion, born out of my interest in the city of Shanghai. I came to Shanghai for the first time in 1998, having pictures of Tintin’s adventures “The Blue Lotus” in my head. I quickly realized that Tintin’s steps were long gone but something was happening in that part of the world that I could relate to after my stay in Central Europe. Society was changing really fast, people experiencing new freedom, all of it creating a very special climate over the city. Unfortunately, I did not stay in Shanghai more than two months at that time.

It’s only in 2003 that Shanghai came to my scope again and I reached the Shanghai shores again in early 2004 coming from Budapest where I had lived for more than 6 years.  My interest in the city and its past grew and I started collecting old books and documents from Shanghai concession time, as well as modern books about old Shanghai. Just like in Central Europe, after years of ignoring or denying its brilliant past, Shanghai is rediscovering it. Shanghainese are also re-appropriating this past that had been hidden or taken away.

Shanghailander is the chronicle of my own discovery of the city and its past. I try to share what I learn about it, as well as to show some locations, books, movies and anything that is relevant to people interested in the topic. With my interest growing in the city and its Art Deco architecture, the scope of the blog has expanded with trips to other Art Deco locations (Miami, California, UK, Australia, New Zealand, MorrocoFrance to name a few), as well as international events around Art Deco in New Zealand, France, Hungary and others. I was also part of the team who organised the World Congress in Art Deco in Shanghai in 2015.

Experiencing Shanghai history should be a fun experience, going to places where few people go and trying to relive the past for a while. I enjoy it tremendously and I hope readers feel the passion. As written in an early post, I am married with a lovely Shanghainese lady called Jiajia and we live in Frenchtown Shanghai (the old unformal name of the French Concession). If you like Shanghailander.net, you can also “Like” the Facebook page.

EXPATRIMO, expatriation et patrimoine

Apart from writing Shanghailander (which is only a hobby), I am one of the partners of financial advisory firm EXPATRIMO, advising expatriates on purchasing real estate in France, retirement planning and investment. We also advise non French who want to buy in France. EXPATRIMO has it’s own blog (in French) on investment for French expats, please follow this link for more information.

If you need advice on your investment and your live in Asia, please email me and I would be happy to meet and discuss it.

You can contact me at: hmartin_at_shanghailander.net

I hope you enjoy reading Shanghailander, the blog about Old Shanghai.

Hugues Martin / 马雨果

6 thoughts on “About”

  1. I came across this passage in one of your posts:
    ‘Items necessary for the travelers of the time were also advertised including “Grays Yellow Lantern Shops, Specialists in the finest linen, lingerie, pyjamas, novelty with shops in the Astor House hotel and the Cathay hotel Lobby. Finally, another provider of travelling accessories was Macbeth Gray and Co, 142 Nanking Road (today PENGJIE CLOTHING CO. BRANCH N2 on 142 Nanjing Dong Lu), supplying “panama hats, English straw boaters, American Washing ties, Tropical helmets and English sport sweaters”… though I don’t think they supply these article anymore.’

    James Macbeth was my great uncle who trained as a tailor in a small town in Scotland and in London. In 1909/10 he was in Yokohama and then came to Shanghai sometime between then and 1921. His business was originally at 20 Nanking Road and then moved to 142.

    I wondered if you had any other sources of information that might give us more about him or his business. We think that he was interned and died during the war.


  2. Good afternoon, Dear sir Hugues Martin .
    I live in Moscow, Russia and I would like to address to you with the request.
    Can You consult me about some questions, concerning art life in Shanghai in 1920-1940.
    Yours faithfully.
    Evgenie Т.

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