The place has an interesting name, because “White Forest Temple” isn’t a temple, but rather a remnant of the Japanese textile industry in Yangpu, Shanghai.
Built in the 1920s, it was probably named after a temple in Japan — these living quarters originally had a meeting hall, library, and swimming pool.
Across the road is another part where the officers used to live.
That’s all a long time ago. An old lady who has lived here her whole life says: “It was all clean, until the 外地人 (outsiders) came to live here.”
The most prominent buildings are protected by law, but others may be demolished — like much in the area.