After our breakfast, we start to discuss our plan for today. Based on our reference, I suggest to go the DOOR OF HOPE BABY RECEIVING HOME which was located around FOOCHOW ROAD, as this is the nearest location to our hotel.
About 15 – 20 mins walk, we have arrived the location. And as expected, the BABY RECEIVING HOME is no longer there. It has been changed to a hotel.
We tried to find out from the people who are staying there, but seems that nobody knows about the DOOR OF HOPE. 😦
We continue our trip and our next stop is KWANTONG ROAD, where there were some famous book shops and publishers there like CHILDREN’S BOOK STORE and SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL PRESS.
The location of SHANGHAI COMMERCIAL PRESS has become a hospital.
Here is another location of DOH Receiving Home in the 20s or earlier, but had since become CENTRAL POLICE STATION in the 30s.
The next stop is to look for CHINA CAN FACTORY (A very famous tin toy factory in the 30s) Retailing Store which was located at No.247 Kwantong Road. The building had been demolished in 50s and now is BUND CENTRE.
Michael and I are continuing our trip and Jean needs to go back to Shanghai Archives to continue the research. So we separate and will continue our discussion at the hotel tonight.
Mr Pan is our 1st important person to interview. He was working in Shanghai Toy Import and Export Comppany for more than 20 years.
Michael and I have a great dinner tonight as we met 4 toy designers who worked for Kong Yuen Toy Factory since the 60s, 1 salesman who worked for Kong Yuen Toy Factory since the 80s and he was a tin plate printer in 60s and 1 director of Kong Yuen Toy Factory since the 70s.
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