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Here Are Five Historic Walks To Enjoy In The Empty City, You'll Be Fine

By Feb 2, 2020 Community
The perambulatory academics at Historic Shanghai took one look at the epidemic that has locked most of the city inside and thought, "Perfect. Time for a walk." They've organized five walks in the coming week, taking full advantage of the deserted streets and their own steely indifference. When asked if they were worried about bao'ans responding to a tour group showing up in their lilong the way Vienna did to the Mongols, Historic Shanghai's official response was "so far, so good." So far, so good, Shanghai. We're gonna be okay!


Mon Feb 3

Lane Life in La Concession

Historic Shanghai - No longer operating at a fixed location

A chance to see a delightful slice of old-style lane life, which, in our experience, is proceeding fine, just with more chalkboards. It has weathered worse. Marvelous architecture, generations of stories, layers of history, and some of the loveliest shikumen houses in the city. The neighborhood is also chock full of antique shops – let’s hope they’re open!

Fri Feb 7

Modernism, Lane Life & Ghosts of Rue Bourgeat

Historic Shanghai - No longer operating at a fixed location

Walk along the former Rue Bourgeat, today’s Changle Lu, or the Street of Eternal Happiness. Modernist architecture, lovely lilongs, and stories of wealthy tycoons, struggling refugees, powerful gangsters and glamorous film stars who all washed their hands regularly and covered their mouth and nose when they sneezed.

Wed Feb 5

Walk Along Avenue Joffre

Historic Shanghai - No longer operating at a fixed location

Walk on and around Avenue Joffre, the most famous boulevard in old Xuhui. Explore the heart of this fabled street, from the Russian legacy in the onion domed Orthodox cathedrals, to Art Deco masterpieces, stunning lane enclaves, the French Park with the Marxist soul, and the stories of spies, fallen artists, and greyhounds, which were way too valuable to abandon over misinformed fears of cross-species infections.

Sat Feb 8

The Secrets of Route Frelupt

Historic Shanghai - No longer operating at a fixed location

Route J. Frelupt, now Jianguo Road, is dotted with grand French and British garden villas, Japanese Gothic Art Deco institutions, American and Spanish style houses and Shanghainese lilongs. Here revolutionaries started hospitals, gangsters took out their enemies, merchants amassed fortunes, politicians schemed, and some of the city’s finest architects left their figurarive imprint, making sure to disinfect any literal imprints with hand sanitizer or alcohol rubs.

Sun Feb 9

Sweet Romance of Old Xuhui

Historic Shanghai - No longer operating at a fixed location

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a stroll through the plane-tree lined streets of old Xuhui, with stops to taste the sweet delicacies of yesteryear, still being made by vintage bakeries. Stop for a romantic kiss under one of the many historic landmarks, but if either of you are showing symptoms of cold or flu maybe delay the intimacy for a week or two to avoid transmission.


To book and for meeting points, contact 150rmb for members, 250rmb for non-members.



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