Detail

Title ID 7094Collection ID960
Title[Hangzhou and a trip to the Baochu pagoda]
Date[ca. 1930]
CollectionSimpson Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Working Life
KeywordsAnimals Buildings Communities Cultural Heritage Domestic Gardens Ethnic Groups Houses Lakes Landscape Leisure Time Activities Men Passenger Vehicles Religious Buildings Rural Areas Social Class Villages Visits National Dress
Location
LocalHangzhou Zhejiang
NationalChina Asia
Credits
ProductionWilliam G. Simpson Charlotte L. Simpson
CameraWilliam G. Simpson; Charlotte L. Simpson
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration00:04:04:14
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

This film opens with shots of West Lake, Hangzhou with structures built into the river bank. The Simpsons and their group go on a guided walk, ride on traditional open Jiao or sedan-style litter chairs through the rural countryside and tour the lake.

Description

This film opens with shots of West Lake, Hangzhou with wide views of structures (homes ?) built into the river bank, which form a bridge across the river. Mr and Mrs Simpson and their group go for a walk in a rural community and are carried in traditional open Jiao or sedan-style litter chairs by two men. On board a boat, Mrs Simpson combs her hair, as she tours the lake with another woman.

Following their boat trip, the group tour the Baochu Pagoda, Xihu District visiting an open market where rural traders sell their wares. Various close-ups follow of street scenes with children and adults milling about. The adults and children are dressed in traditional two piece Chinese suits and Queue hairstyles. As the camera captures views of a town square, the entrance to a temple is briefly seen with monks exiting, dressed in full robes. A bearded monk briefly stops to smile at the camera.

The next scene shows a colonialist style house and garden, where a group have gathered with their dogs.

Stills

a still from [Hangzhou and a trip to the Baochu pagoda] (ca.1930)