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UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE. For event descriptions and details, please scroll down.

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FEBRUARY

Sunday February 26, 1.30pm/WALK: Avenue Haig: Living on the Edge (Part 2) RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

MARCH

Saturday March 11, [time TBC]/WALK: A Classical Shanghai Garden (Part 2) with Shelly Bryant RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Thursday March 16, 7pm /TALK: Two Views of Japanese-Occupied Shanghai – Japanese and American with Betty Barr and Keiko Itoh RMB 100 members, RMB 150 nonmembers. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday March 18, 6pm /TALK: TESS JOHNSTON – Thirty-Five Years in Shanghai: From Mao Suits & Bicycles to YSL & Lamborghinis  RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.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! 

Organized in conjunction with the Asian Art Deco Alliance & Shanghai Art Deco. 

Questions? info@historicshanghai.com

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FEBRUARY

Sunday February 26, 1.30pm/WALK: Avenue Haig: Living on the Edge (Part 2) RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

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Pavilion in the former Red Cross building, Avenue Haig/Huashan Lu

In Part 2 of the Avenue Haig walk, we’ll take in plenty more stunning villas, including Clove Garden, where Qing official and reformer Li Hong Zhang kept a mistress, a home owned by industrialist millionaire Rong de Sheng, Elliott Hazzard’s Mediterranean-style Haig Court, and many more. As with Part 1, this walk also includes a private tour of Hazelwood, the former Butterfield & Swire taipan’s mansion.

A big thank-you to Howard Bennett and the Radisson Xingguo Hotel for their generosity in allowing us to visit Hazelwood.

MARCH

Saturday March 11, [time TBC]/WALK: A Classical Shanghai Garden (Part 2) with Shelly Bryant RMB 200 members, RMB 250 nonmembers. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

A Chinese garden is not a western garden – there are tricks to “seeing” a Chinese garden. Shelly Bryant, author of Classical Gardens of Shanghai, leads us on an eye-opening journey through a classical garden, sharing its story and its links to a wider Chinese aesthetic Shelly will share with us about the garden’s origins, changing fortunes, restorations, and more.

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. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.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  RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

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

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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.

Members: Members of Historic Shanghai + Asian Art Deco Alliance, please email info@historic-shanghai.com for a discount code. For membership information, click here.

 Organized in conjunction with the Asian ArtDeco Alliance

 ITINERARY

Thursday, March 23

Arrival 

Friday, March 24

Gulangyu Island

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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

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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

Downtown waterfront

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.

To book, click here. Members of Historic Shanghai and Asian Art Deco Alliance, please email shanghaiartdeco@gmail.com for a discount code.

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



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