Street gamblers

Guangzhou, Guangdong 1868 - 1871

archive photo of two men in traditional Chinese costume

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In the late 19th century gambling was a popular vice throughout southern China. Government legislation aimed at banning it did not contain the problem, on the contrary it forced gamblers to go underground, and the result was an increase in corruption and crime. Gambling was not confined to gambling houses, it also took place in clubs and private homes. For the poor labouring class gambling on the streets were common.

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