Imagine what Chinatown is like wherever you live, then imagine an entire city just like that, and you’ve got a good picture of Shan Fan. Some people call it New Shanghai, or
the Maze’s City of Jade.
The trip from Lost Angels north to Shan Fan—popularly known as the China Run—takes anywhere from a day to three days, depending on your captain’s navigational skills and what happens along the way. Since there’s no easy access to Shan Fan from the Pacific, most steamers enter the Maze at Lost Angels, then take the North Channel to the city.
The Maze being even more dangerous than the open seas, a successful landing at Shan Fan is never guaranteed.
Shan Fan is run by the Shan Fan triad.
Shan Fan is divided into several districts, and you’ll want to be able to tell them apart so you don’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The city is spread out above Shan Fan Bay, with streets originating at the Waterfront and fanning out into the hills over town.
The Waterfront is where visitors are most likely to arrive, amidst the many sampans, junks, and steam-vessels that frequent this busy harbor.
Next door is Stinktown, where the dirty work is done. Slaughterhouses abound in this meat capital of the northern Maze.
To the north you’ll find Red Lantern Town, a wild neighborhood of saloons and pleasure palaces, where a miner can let his hair down and throw back a few whiskies after long weeks out on some God forsaken mesa.
Taeltown is Shan Fan’s financial district, and the place where most of the triad’s Bosses make their homes.
Splintertown is the heart of the northern Maze’s lumber industry and the destination for millions of redwoods and sequoias from Kwan Province.
Finally there is Prawn Valley, the odor of which competes with Stinktown on a hot day, where fish of all kinds are processed for food and oil. Much of the city’s Chinese population dwells here as well.
Rumors and superstitions
Just as Lost Angels has its tales of angelic hosts, Shan Fan is lately rumored to be a den of Chinese demons. Certain sources who wish to remain anonymous report kung fu tongs accompanied by eight-foot-tall beasts possessed of paper-white skin and bulging eyes in their foreheads. The
stories haven’t been confirmed, but tourists ought to exercise caution regardless.