Shikumen Open House MuseumDecember 23, 2014
Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.
Shikumen neighborhoods are disappearing all over Shanghai. Thankfully, some are being restored and repurposed, like those in the Xintiandi area which now house restaurants and shops. One house in the Xintandi area has been set up as a museum to show how the houses were used in the heydays of the 1920’s and 1930’s.
The home would have comfortably housed a middle class, multi-generation family. Later, during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the houses were divided and shared by as many as 3 or 4 families.
The room over the kitchen was often rented out to writers or foreigners.
To see all the pictures, click here.