The city of Shanghai in China. Buildings in the city. Point of view shots from a moving vehicle passing through busy streets of Shanghai China heading first north along the Bund; over Garden Bridge; then returning heading south to Nanking Road and then heading along Nanking Road. Vehicles parked on the sides of a street. Buildings along the streets. People walking on sidewalks. Vehicles including trucks, bicycles, horsecarts, moving on the roads. Vehicles crossing a bridge. Traffic including horse drawn carriages and vehicles on a road. Huge buildings on either side of the road. Various views of the buildings and people on the road. Men riding bicycles, buses and other motor vehicles on the road. Close up view of a streetcar or trolley on the road. Several banners with Chinese letters displayed on the buildings.Numerous rickshaws seen.
The Huangpu River in Shanghai, China. A vessel in the Huangpu River. A sail boat and junks on the water. Several buildings in view on the shore. Several sail boats in the river. A paddle wheel steam boat on the water. Boats anchored to the shore. Views of the Shanghai Bund along the western bank of the Huangpu River. Several vessels in the river. The Camelback Truss Waibaidu Bridge (world's first all steel bridge) also known as the Garden Bridge, spanning Suzhou Creek at the Huangpu River. Several buildings at the Shanghai Bund in view including the Headquarters of the Shanghai Branch of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (now known as the HSBC Building or the Municipal Government Building) at number 12, The Bund, and the Customs House at number 13, The Bund, and the China Bank of Communications Building at number 14, The Bund. Also the China Merchant Bank Building and the North China Daily News Building (now the AIA building). Other Bund buildings also seen.
Views of the Cercle Francais Sportif, also called the French Club or France Club, after being newly rebuilt in 1928, in Shanghai, China. It was on the Route Cardinal Mercier (It later became the Jinjiang Club, and is now part of the Okura Garden Hotel Shanghai on Maoming Road South). The French tricolors fly from places on the building. French Club members and guests relaxing at the club. Men and women guests on the veranda of the club. The service staff are Chinese. Waiters walking about serving food and drinks. Views of men and women sipping their drinks. Children swim in an indoor swimming pool illuminated by natural light from above. They play with a large rubber inner tube. A group of men practicing archery on a lawn outside the building. A young boy wearing a pith helmet looks on. Two men throw horseshoes, or quoits. A few men and women seated at benches outside the club building.
Conditions in shanghai, China in 1927-1928, as the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) under Chiang Kai-Shek, seeks political unification of China. A group of Chinese military officers leads a number of officials through an open air market in Shanghai, China. They climb steps next to the camera site. Next, large flags and banners including flags of the Chinese Nationalist Party
(Kuomintang) are carried by a crowd of people, gathered in front of a person speaking to them. View from behind the speaker, as he gestures, while forcefully addressing the crowd. Chinese people waving their straw hats enthusiastically in response to the speaker. View, from several yards away, shows a platform with several officials on it, surrounded by the crowd, waving their hats. Demonstrators, carrying banners march through crowded streets
The city of Shanghai in China. A large number of men and women gathered at the Shanghai Race Club track. A Shanghai Municipal Police officer and a man and a woman posing. Spectators at the race track. A few of them seated and a few of them standing. Horses racing on the track. Men and women standing at the base of a flight of steps to a building. Jockeys mounted on horses escorted by their owners through the crowd. View of two women. A Sikh policeman and a Chinese Sergeant, both armed, at the entrance gate to the Shanghai Race Club complex. Several people beside the gate. Several persons sitting in rickshaws outside the race track.
Sign over American Embassy in China. Colonel William Mayer, former military attache in that embassy relates events precipitating Second Sino-Japanese war. Scenes of the Marco Polo bridge near Peking, on night of July 7, 1937, as Japanese artillery bombards the area. Animated map shows movement of Japanese forces out of Manchuria to occupy Peiping and Tientsin. Victorious Japanese troops stand atop a building, raising their flags and shouting cries of victory. Japanese army officers sit around a table smiling and contended and others walk in a group. Chinese artillery crews are seen retaliating as they fire field pieces at Japanese positions in Shanghai. Shells explode in background, and Chinese infantry advance through damaged buildings and rubble. Animated map shows Shanghai and other cities, and film transitions to view of the bustling city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River. In the seaport, large ocean liners and freighters, as well as tug boats and Junks, are seen. What looks like a Japanese Tachikawa Ki.54 Type 1 transport plane takes off over a Chinese pagoda. Double-decker buses travel through the streets. Rickshaws are also seen. Map outlines the foreign residential areas of the French Concession and the International Settlement. American, British and Japanese flags are shown in the International Settlement. Detachments of troops from Japan, Britain, France, and United States Marines are seen. A U.S. Marine is posted as a sentry at the Shanghai Power Company. Coolies carry heavy bucket on a long pole. British, French and Japanese troops also performed sentry duties. Japanese troops and armored cars are seen. A scuffle breaks out in August, 1937, and Japanese soldiers start moving in trucks, take up firing positions, and begin firing guns from their armored cars. Map shows Chinese counterattack pushing the Japanese contingent toward the Khangpoo River. Next it shows Japanese warships and reinforcements in the Yangtze River and their advance toward Woosung and Shanghai. Views of Japanese warships bombarding the shore and large explosions from their striking shells. Beachhead is shown South of Shanghai, where two divisions of Japanese infantry are seen arriving in landing craft. They advance across the fields toward Shanghai. Map shows Chinese withdrawals to West and South, toward Nanking and Hangchow. Chinese medics along with infantry march in retreat. Japanese pilots are seen being briefed. Next, Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are seen in flight, and bombardiers and other crew in them. Bombs falling on the city. Civilians running for cover as bombs explode. Aichi D3A1 aircraft dropping bombs. The Shanghai waterfront being bombed and civilians running.