Shanghai's Oldest Entertainment Complex Reopening Soon!
After being in the testing phase since December, the century-old "Great World," more commonly known as "Dashijie," is slated to open on March 31.
Constructed in 1917 by tobacco tycoon Huang Chujiu, the entertainment complex and amusement arcade has had a long, illustrious and somewhat turbulent history. It reportedly saw around 40,000 visitors daily during its heyday in the 1950s before it was shuttered during the Cultural Revolution. It then reopened in 1981 only to close again in 2003 at the height of the SARS epidemic. And now it's back again.
The complex will stage traditional Chinese operas along with cultural music and dancing performances everyday. It'll be open during the day on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with night-shows on Friday and Saturday. Prices will start at 60 yuan per person with some of the proceeds going to charity.