UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE. For event descriptions and details, please scroll down.
Saturday March 11, 10am/WALK: Guyi Garden ~ A Classical Shanghai Garden (Part 2) with Shelly Bryant RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. / RSVP for meeting point: email@example.com
Thursday March 16, 7pm /LITERARY SHANGHAI TALK: Two Views of Japanese-Occupied Shanghai – Japanese and American with Betty Barr and Keiko Itoh /RMB 100 members, RMB 150 nonmembers / Venue: Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu at Huashan Lu/ RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday March 18, 6pm /TALK: TESS JOHNSTON – Thirty-Five Years in Shanghai: From Mao Suits & Bicycles to YSL & Lamborghinis / RMB 100 members, RMB 150 nonmembers/Venue: Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Huashan Lu/RSVP for meeting point: email@example.com
ART DECO IN XIAMEN!
Thursday March 23-Sunday March 26 /TOUR: AMOY ART DECO WEEKEND Discover the hidden Art Deco gems of Xiamen, the old treaty port once known as Amoy. Itinerary & pricing details below. Member Discounts!
Saturday March 11, 10am/WALK: A Classical Shanghai Garden (Part 2) with Shelly Bryant RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. / RSVP for meeting point: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Chinese garden is not a western garden – there are tricks to “seeing” a Chinese garden, which is entered not just physically, but also intellectually and emotionally. Shelly Bryant, author of Classical Gardens of Shanghai, leads us on an eye-opening journey through Guyi Garden, sharing its story and its links to a wider Chinese aesthetic.
Dumpling Lunch! We’ll follow the walk with a lunch of Nanxiang’s famous dumplings (not included in the walk price).
For more on Shelly’s book, The Classical Gardens of Shanghai click here.
Thursday March 16, 7pm /LITERARY SHANGHAI TALK: Two Views of Japanese-Occupied Shanghai – Japanese and American with Betty Barr and Keiko Itoh /RMB 100 members, RMB 150 nonmembers. / Venue: Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Huashan Lu/RSVP: email@example.com
Both Betty Barr and Keiko Itoh’s mothers who lived in Shanghai during the Japanese Occupation. Ruth Hill Barr was American, an enemy national who was interned at Lunghwa (Longhua) Camp with her family [including Betty] and Eiko Kishimoto was Japanese, a privileged member of the occupying power. From the perspective of Ruth’s Record: The Diary of an American in Japanese-Occupied Shanghai 1941-1945, Ruth Barr’s diary of the wartime years, and My Shanghai 1942-6, Keiko’s fictionalized memoir of her mother’s experience, these two daughters of Shanghai wartime mothers discuss two views of Japanese occupied Shanghai.
Ruth’s Record: The Diary of an American in Japanese-Occupied Shanghai 1941-45 and My Shanghai 1942-46 will be on sale at this talk.
Saturday March 18, 6pm /TALK: TESS JOHNSTON – Thirty-Five Years in Shanghai: From Mao Suits & Bicycles to YSL & Lamborghinis /RMB 100 members, RMB 150 nonmembers.Venue: Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu at Huashan Lu/RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tess Johnston shares the stories of her 35 years in Shanghai, beginning in 1981, when she arrived in a “perfectly preserved, totally western city with an Asian population.” Curious to find out why, Tess began exploring, researching, and writing, and over the next 35 years, became the most knowledgeable historian on the western presence in old Shanghai. She is the author of over 15 books on old Shanghai and old China, many with her photographer partner Deke Erh. These include the classic A Last Look: Western Architecture in Old Shanghai, Shanghai Art Deco; her Shanghai Walks series of books, and her memoir, Permanently Temporary: From Berlin to Shanghai in Half a Century. For more on Tess, click here.
Permanently Temporary and Final Five Shanghai Walks: The Where’s Where of the Who’s Who of Old Shanghai will be on sale at this talk.
Thursday March 23-Sunday March 26 /TOUR: AMOY ART DECO WEEKEND
Double Occupancy, per person: RMB 5,400 (members) RMB 5,800 (non-members)
Single Occupancy, per person: RMB 6,750 (members) RMB 7,150 (non-members)
Price includes: 3 nights hotel accommodation, all lunches, 2 dinners, local transport, entrance fees, local guides.
Does not include: travel to Xiamen, airport transfer, hotel incidentals, beverages not included in lunch + dinner packages.
To book: click here.
Organized in conjunction with the Asian ArtDeco Alliance.
Thursday, March 23
Friday, March 24
When Amoy was a treaty port, the foreigners on Gulangyu Island established an International Settlement (1902-1942), and its legacy is the rich variety of international architectural styles that remain – including Art Deco. We’ll take a walking tour of Gulangyu’s Art Deco with a local expert, hear the stories behind the buildings, enjoy a rare private visit to a spectacular Art Deco mansion built by a Filipino businessman in the 1930s.
Whole day tour: Lunch, dinner, return ferry to Gulangyu, and guide fees are included.
Saturday March 25
Overseas Chinese Village & Bai Jia Cun
The Overseas Chinese Village is an enclave of Art Deco villas with Chinese design details, built in the 1960s (yes, the 1960s!) for overseas Chinese from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Today, many have been converted into cafes, boutiques and hotels, creating an atmosphere similar to Shanghai’s former French Concession.
Baijia Cun, an adjacent neighborhood, also features some beautiful examples of Art Deco architecture, many in the uniquely hybrid style that has become known as “Amoy Art Deco”. One of the highlights of the tour is the stunning Art Deco former headquarters of the Japanese occupying force. Our walking tour guide today is a local architectural historian.
Whole day tour: lunch, dinner, local transport and guide fee included.
Sunday March 26
Our walking tour today will take us to the shophouses, cinemas, and downtown Deco in the waterfront area of Xiamen. Much is being redeveloped, but the winding lanes and alleyways that lead off the main streets are full of architectural surprises. Lunch.
Half-day tour: Lunch and guide fee included; we will walk from the hotel to our starting point.
ARCHITECTURAL WALKS GUIDEBOOK: Final Five: The Where’s Where of the Who’s Who of Old Shanghai is the final guidebook in Tess Johnston’s series of walking guides in historical Shanghai neighborhoods. For information and to order, click here.