CHINA: A Reporter Revisits Shanghai

Shanghai was once the wildest city in the world, celebrated for the ubiquity and variety of its vices, from the gambling halls and opium dens of Nanshih, the old town, to the cosmopolitan attractions of the waterfront whores of Yangtzepoo Road. This was the town where sailors got shanghaied. Today, Shanghai is officially the biggest city on earth (pop. 10,820,000), but it is all rather different. TIME Correspondent Roy Rowan visited the metropolis and cabled this report:

MY last week in Shanghai in May of 1949 was spent watching the city go...

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