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Historic Shanghai Year in Review 2017

A look back at the last 12 months of walking through Shanghai’s storied history: the walks, the talks, the tours, the films, the ...

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The Historic Shanghai Gift Guide

Looking for a unique Shanghai gift? Here’s our definitive guide to the best presents that celebrate Shanghai’s history. And we ...

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Shanghai’s Preserved Heritage Roads

In 2007, the Shanghai government implemented a plan for the preservation of heritage roads within the city. A total of 144 roads, ...

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Roar, China! Langston Hughes in Shanghai

When Langston Hughes, the poet laureate of the Harlem Renaissance, visited Shanghai in 1934, he found it not unlike his home country. With barbed wire and guards separating the International Settlement and French Concession from the Chinese sections of Shanghai, and with American race laws (i.e. ...


The Creative Ambiguity of the Shanghai Communiqué

February 27, 2017 -- Today marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of the 1972 Shanghai Communiqué, the world-startling diplomatic letter that marked the beginning of the rapprochement between the People’s Republic of China and the United States. The communiqué was signed at the end of a week-long ...

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Gulangyu: The Story of China’s Other International Settlement

From March 24-26, we will explore the historic architecture of Xiamen and Gulangyu Island on Amoy Art Deco Weekend. For more on the itinerary and to book, click here. [caption id="attachment_1098" align="alignnone" width="750"] The Gulangyu International Settlement, 1908.[/caption] “For ...


Hazelwood: The Taipan’s Retreat

The stately Butterfield & Swire taipan's mansion -- "the only gentleman's house in Shanghai'' -- was designed from afar by an architect who never set foot here. It's closed to the public now, but in February 2017, we kicked off our Avenue Haig walks with a private tour of this legendary Shanghai ...