East meets West

The story of Shanghai and Liverpool

huge arch highly decorated in a traditional Chinese style

Liverpool's Chinese arch © Pete Carr |

Explore the fascinating relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai in this special exhibition. Trade transformed both cities, helping create high-density housing for ordinary people, beautiful villa districts for wealthy merchants, and grand waterfronts to impress visitors. Explore these changes through archive footage and photography in our Comparing Cityscapes film.

Discover beautiful Chinese ceramics, furniture and fancy goods brought to Liverpool by wealthy collectors like Douglas Crawford and Jane Alice Weightman. China was all the rage in the city and Chinese styles influenced what people wore and how they decorated their houses.

Our special animation Welcome to Fernlea - the home of Douglas Crawford reveals the secret life of these fabulous collections:

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Find out more about Liverpool's historic Chinatown district, once a distinctive Anglo-Chinese community established by seafarers from Shanghai in the 1870s. Listen to the community's experiences and discover how hundreds of Chinese seafarers were repatriated at the end of the Second World War.

Come face to face with a huge ceremonial dragon and learn about today's Liverpool Chinese community, home to people from across China, celebrated by Liverpool's twinning with Shanghai in 1999.

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Exhibition sponsored by:

Barclays Wealth|

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