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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, ...

Langston Hughes

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 ...


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 ...

Gulangyu and Amoy

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 ...

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The Classical Gardens of Shanghai

A Chinese garden is not a western garden -- there are tricks to “seeing” a classical Chinese garden, explains Shelly Bryant, author of The Classical Gardens of Shanghai. Bryant does just this in her brilliant book, opening the reader’s eyes to an appreciation of Chinese gardens – something ...

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Memoirs: Russians in old Shanghai

Shanghai's extraordinary Russian community left its mark on the city's architecture, cuisine, lore, and in richly described memoirs of an unique period in history.  Ahead of our August 21 2016 walk, "Russians in the former French Concession", Historic Shanghai reviews a few of our favorite memoirs ...