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Former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building (Püdōng fāzhăn yínháng)
Former Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building (Püdōng fāzhăn yínháng) Review
When this beautiful neoclassical structure was built by the British in 1923, it was the second-largest bank building in the world. After the building was turned into offices for the Communist Party in 1949, the beautiful 1920s Italian-tile mosaic in the building's dome was deemed too extravagant and covered by white paint. Ironically enough, this protected it from being destroyd by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. The mural was then forgotten until 1997, when the Pudong Development Bank renovated the building. If you walk in and look up, you'll see the circular mosaic in the dome—an outer circle portraying the cities where the bank had branches at the time: London, Paris, New York, Bangkok, Tokyo, Calcutta, Hong Kong, and Shanghai; a middle circle made up of the 12 signs of the zodiac; and the center painted with a large sun and Ceres, the Roman goddess of abundance.
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