White Forest Temple

Bit of a Twitter crossroad today, a walk with Dan to 白林寺 in Yangpu after a tip from Ash.

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.