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UPCOMING TOURS & TALKS AT A GLANCE. For event descriptions and details, please scroll down.

JANUARY

SOLD OUT! Sunday January 14, 10am (new walk: Jan. 21) / POP-UP WALK 3: West Laoximen, Before It’s Demolished RMB 150 (members) RMB 250 (nonmembers). RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Tuesday January 16, 5.30pm / FILM DOCUMENTARY: Above The Drowning Sea RMB 150 (members) RMB 250 (nonmembers).An NYU Shanghai event. Registration required: click here

Saturday January 20, 1pm / WALK: Taste of Art Deco  RMB 250 (members) RMB 350 (nonmembers), includes bus & any entrance tickets. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Sunday January 21, 10am / POP-UP WALK 4: West Laoximen, Before It’s Demolished RMB 150 (members) RMB 250 (nonmembers). RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Saturday January 27, 2pm / FILM: “China in Flames” (1925) RMB 50 (members) RMB 150 (nonmembers), RSVP to book & for venue: info@historic-shanghai.com

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JANUARY

Sunday January 14 (sold out) & January 21, 10am / POP-UP WALKS 3 & 4: West Laoximen, Before It’s Demolished RMB 150 (members) RMB 250 (nonmembers). RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Laoximen house

The imminent demolition of  Laoximen, in the old Chinese city, has prompted us to do regular walking tours of the neighborhood before it disappears, so we’ll begin 2018 the way we ended 2017: with a tour of one of the last surviving areas of pre-Concession Shanghai.

At this stage, most residents have moved out, but the buildings—including a few that will survive—remain, along with  stories about the families and institutions that once inhabited them, stretching back several generations. Come with us, and see the atmospheric winding lanes and alleys, the intricate carvings, the architectural surprises, the blending of east and west, the richly layered histories, before it’s all gone.

This is the third time we’ve done this tour, because this is such a beautiful, storied, important part of Shanghai’s history, and we think everyone should see it before it goes.

READ: For more on what’s going on in Laoximen now, click here for an article in SupChina by Tina Kanagaratnam & Katya Knyazeva.

Tuesday February 16, 5.30pm / FILM: Above The Drowning Sea  FreeAn NYU Shanghai event. Registration required: click here

above drowning sea

The documentary Above the Drowning Sea tells the story of the dramatic escape of Viennese Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the eve of World War Two. Filmed in six countries, it features interviews with Jewish refugees and Chinese residents, and stories like that of the courageous intervention of Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna, who defied his own government and braved the Gestapo to issue visas to the refugees. It’s an inspiring journey that vividly celebrates the heroism and humanity of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
René Balcer, who co-wrote and co-directed the film, will be present for discussion.

Saturday January 20, 1pm / WALK: Taste of Art Deco  RMB 250 (members) RMB 350 (nonmembers), includes bus & any entrance tickets. RSVP for meeting point: info@historic-shanghai.com

Excellent House, Ave Petain

Historic Shanghai is kicking off its 20th anniversary year with a unique walking and bus tour through five different Art Deco neighborhoods, showcasing the best of Shanghai’s Art Deco architecture throughout the city. You’ll hear about why 1930s Shanghai had just the right alchemy to be a hotbed for Art Deco, about the personalities who created the style, and the characters who lived it.

Saturday January 27, 2pm /  FILM: “China in Flames” (1925), Soviet propaganda film RMB 50 (members) RMB 150 (nonmembers), Venue: The Tavern, Radisson Blu Plaza Xingguo Hotel Shanghai, 78 Xingguo Lu/Hunan Lu 兴国路78号近湖南路 /RSVP: info@historic-shanghai.com

China in Flames

China in Flames (Китай в огне) is a 1925 Soviet animation directed by Nikolai Khodataev, Zenon Komissarenko, and Youry Merkulov. This propaganda film expressed Soviet support for Sun Yat-sen and the Chinese people fighting Western capitalists and Chinese landlords.  Fascinating from an historic and political perspective, this film is also considered a tour-de-force for its artistic features, including its unprecedented length, original technique, and skillful incorporation of elements derived from Chinese art.

Karolina Pawlik, a researcher of visual modernism, introduces the film, providing background on the film’s connection to the “Hands off China” movement that spread across the USSR in 1924, involving intellectuals, including prominent Soviet poet Vladimir Vladimirovich Mayakovsky.

A discussion, and a bonus follows the screening: Another short animation by the same directors, reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s well-known Metropolis, but made three years earlier.

 Karolina Pawlik is a researcher of visual modernism, pop-up academic and writer based in Shanghai.

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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