Organized by the Sun Yat-Sen Library of Guangdong Province, the Guangzhou Liwan Archives and Shenzhen Library, an exhibition of photos about Guangzhou’s Thirteen Factories was held in Shenzhen Library. The event is open to the public for free and will run until 24th February.
The Thirteen Factories was an area of Canton (Guangzhou), China, where the first foreign trade was allowed in the 18th century since the hai jin （海禁）ban on maritime activities. It is also referred to as the "Thirteen Hongs" or the "Canton Factories". The site where the factories stood is now Wenhua Park, and Thirteen Hong Street, onto which the factories backed is now named Shisanhang Road.
The exhibition showcases paintings, records and papers about the Thirteen Factories from libraries, museums and archives all over the world. Paintings depicting the signing of the Treaty of Nanjing and the Opium War are also on display. Most of the exhibits are of the 17th to 19th century.
Guangzhou’s Thirteen Factories were established in the Qing Dynasty. As the area increasingly became central to the flourishing trade between China and western countries at that time, it was also referred to as the foreign trade market or foreign goods market of Guangzhou.
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