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    • Roots of the Old West End

      Wuyi Lu and Lixi Lu may be little visited today, but their grand houses were home to some of Shanghai’s most influential residents in the 1930s and 40s. This walk, led by writer Duncan Hewitt, will explore this forgotten suburbia, still...
    • Yangpu: Heritage & Regeneration in Old Shanghai's Industrial Heartland

      The area around Yangshupu Road may seem remote these days, but from the 1910s - 1930s (when it was known as Yangtzepoo Road) it played an important part in Shanghai's transformation into Asia's most modern city. Situated along the river...

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    • Historic Shanghai Easter Walk - The Jesuits of Siccawei

      On Easter weekend, Historic Shanghai explores the remarkable legacy of the Jesuits in Shanghai. Beginning with Matteo Ricci and Xu Guangqi in the 1600s, these men of God brought Catholicism to Shanghai – and much more. They left us a...
    • Columbia Circle Walk

      Columbia Circle is a beautiful, overgrown, almost untouched enclave of 1920s houses, a garden city designed by Hungarian master Laszlo Hudec, featuring 10 different styles - “Hollywood”! “San Clemente”! “Florida”! Residents were a...
    • Historic Shanghai Walk - On the Frenchtown Frontier

      Join us for a springtime walk, followed by a twilight drink, as we explore the stories and secrets on the edge of the former French Concession: from exquisite buildings like the Picardie, the Petain, and the Samarkand, to neoclassical...
    • Walk: Shanghai's Lost Chinese Art Deco City

      Hidden in northern Shanghai is a Chinese Art Deco city that never was. This group of 1930s buildings in the ‘Chinese Renaissance” architectural style makes up the Greater Shanghai Plan, conceived by Chiang Kai-Shek and the Nationalists...
    • Hongkou's Disappearing & Rejuvenated Lanes

      Historic Shanghai's weekday walk explores what was once Shanghai’s “Little Tokyo”, home to the city’s only Japanese-style lilongs. Wander the lanes and see preservation and destruction side-by-side: one lane neighborhood, empty and...
    • Hongkou's Disappearing & Rejuvenated Lanes

      Historic Shanghai explores what was once Shanghai’s “Little Tokyo”, home to the city’s only Japanese-style lilongs. Wander the lanes, and see preservation and destruction side-by-side: one lane neighborhood, empty and boarded up, another...
    • Talk & Tour: Last Boat Out of Shanghai with Helen Zia

      In the spring of 1949 in Shanghai, the question on everyone’s lips was “stay or go”? In her new book "Last Boat Out of Shanghai" journalist Helen Zia tells the dramatic, real-life stories of four who left on that legendary last boat out...
    • Historic Walk: The Street of Eternal Happiness

      This walk takes us along the former Rue Bourgeat, today’s Changle Lu, or the Street of Eternal Happiness. Join us as we explore this microcosm of Shanghai: striking modernist architecture and some of the city’s loveliest lilongs, with...
    • Walk: In the Shadow of the Bund

      Join Historic Shanghai for a walk around the surprisingly untouched neighborhood that lies in the shadow of the Bund. Here, in the oldest part of the International Settlement, are sprawling 19th century apartment houses, Art Deco Chinese...
    • Walk: Modernism, Lane Life & Ghosts Along the Street of Eternal Happiness

      This midweek walk takes you along the former Rue Bourgeat, today’s Changle Lu, made famous by Rob Schmitz’ book, The Street of Eternal Happiness. You'll explore the marvels of modernism, the secret stories, the ghosts of the past,...
    • Walk: The Romance of the Original French Concession

      Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a stroll through the oldest, and least explored, part of the French Concession – the section beginning along the Bund (the former Quai de France) and heading eastwards. They’ll take in the magnificent...
    • Secrets Outside the Concessions - Yuyuan Road

      Situated outside the Concessions, Yuyuan Road was a favorite of the Chinese elite, a quiet oasis where you could build a sprawling mansion, stash a concubine or two, and plot revolution. We’re exploring the western part of this street...
    • Shanghai Old Town

      Katya Knyazeva spent six years researching this section of the old Chinese city, and a walk with her through the maze of this ancient part of town uncovers countless secrets and discoveries. Beginning at the site of imperial...
    • Classic Bund Walk

      t’s Shanghai’s signature sight, but how much do you know about the Bund? Now, Chinese flags fly atop every building, but then, it was an international medley of flags: Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, British, and American....
    • Hidden Temples at Chinese New Year

      As Shanghai readies for the Lunar New Year, join Historic Shanghai on a stroll to historic temples that lie off the beaten path. You’ll visit nineteenth century temple courtyards, Shanghai’s only Art Deco temple, Taoist birth year...
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