Two well-known Shanghai guide books, one by C.E.Darwent & the other by Arnold Cartwright  have shed some light on the Indians of Old Shanghai.  The tourist attractions and information on the churches, clubs, cabarets and cafes included in these books serve as a peephole into aspects of Shanghai life. The guide books also provide notes on the dreary stuff like fishing and weather.  Yet, morbid as it sounds, I inspect the inset maps  in the guide books for cemetery information. The Parsees had their fire temple and cemetery on Foochow/Fuzhou Lu but scant clues are available about the exact location.

Gow’s guide book, published in 1924 changes that somewhat. The map is divided into number zones and the Parsee cemetery is #89 in the ‘S’ area(Click the Gow’s guide book link to examine the map. ‘S’, I assume refers to the road name, most likely Shantung Road). The book digitized by the Hong Kong University library has few missing pages and at the end is a faded map of Old Shanghai.

The cemetery seems to be located on the Public recreation ground. In Hong Kong, the Parsee cemetery in Happy Valley was designed like a garden, so perhaps structurally that was how it was designed in Shanghai as well.Till date, I have not found any photographs or illustrations of the Parsee worship place or cemetery that existed in Old Shanghai.

The Sikh gurdwara also is identified on the map included in Gow’s guide book published by North China Herald.

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