Past and present: Huangpu Park

Huangpu Park located at the northern end of the Bund is a small green area with a colourful past. In the ye olde racist days the foreign powers that ran Shanghai excluded Chinese from entering the Park. Here is the official sign that was once at the gate:

In the kung foo movie “Fist of Fury”, based in Shanghai, Bruce Lee gets angry about not being able to enter the park and kicks a sign to bits which read “No Chinese, or dogs allowed”. Kicking the arse of a few Japanese guys in the process has made this scene one of Bruce Lee’s most famous. This scene is definitely a Twisted Sister, “We’re not gonna take it”, moment.

Today, the park is filled with locals practicing Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Badminton, playing chess, and generally chilling out from the hustle and bustle of Shanghai. Fittingly, there’s also a monument commemorating those who have freed China from foreigners and the Bund Historical Museum depicting the history (without Bruce Lee) and pictures from yesteryear.

Here’s a picture I took this morning at the park’s gates:

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