Please note that this is not a walking tour notice. I promised to our last walking tour group that I'll let you know how to make a reservation to visit the Shanghai Meteorological Museum (上海气象博物馆), located to the west of the St. Ignatius Cathedral in Xu-jia-hui (徐家汇).
To make a reservation, follow their Wechat public account - 上海气象博物馆 and make your reservation there (see photo of screenshot). Don't go and try your luck without a reservation; the guard will check. I was told that the museum is usually open for visit on weekends, one in the morning at 10am and the other in the afternoon at 2pm. But in the following two weeks, there will be more visits open. So please take advantage of it.
The visit is free of charge, guided by their staff, and takes about one hour. Expect half of your company to be pre-schoolers and the guided visit is partially oriented at children.
The closest metro stop is exit 3, Xu-jia-hui stop (徐家汇站) on line 1/9/11.
If you experience difficulty making a reservation, leave a message here or Wechat me: cindy1302
Our next tour features this Chinese scientist Xu Guangqi who lived about 500 years ago and explains how his friendship with his Italian teacher Matteo Ricci shaped the birth of geometry, astrology, calendar making, among others, in China. We will also see traces of the Jesuit heritage in Xu-jia-hui area, especially the T'ou-Sè-Wè Museum.
We will meet outside exit 1 of Xu-jia-hui metro station on line 1/9/11 at 10am. The tour ends near the same metro station.
I charge RMB 40 per person for the tour. We will settle the payment at the end of the tour.
Please do NOT RSVP if you are interested but do not plan to show up. For any questions, please wechat me: cindy1302
Thank you and see you there!
It's time to walk and discover more of Shanghai in this spring. Please Join me and visit the newly (re)opened Shanghai History Museum. After that, we will also stop by at the Grand Theatre (大光明电影院 in Chinese), a historical entertainment complex built in the 1930's, not to be confused with her modern sister Shanghai Grand Theatre (上海大剧院 in Chinese), and Park Hotel (国际饭店 in Chinese), two of the must-see's around People's Square. Group lunch after the visit is optional.
Please bring a photo ID in case it's needed for the Museum. Price for my tour is RMB 30 per person.
We will meet outside exit 9 of People's Square metro stop on line 1/2/8 at 10am on Saturday, April 14th.
For questions, please wechat me: cindy1302
This tour will take you to a less visited area in Yangpu District (杨浦区) where many factories, including waterworks, shipyards, gas company, and yarn manufacturers, used to locate. Now almost all of these factories have moved. I invite you to come have a look at how these industrial sites have transformed.
We will start by visiting an extraordinary building - you have to guess what it used to be.
We will then stop by at this waterworks that was built in 1880's and is still functioning. Please note that the Water Museum does not open on weekends but you can always come back on another day.
After we take a stroll at what used to be a shipyard, we will take a ferry to go to the other side of the Huangpu River (黄浦江), where we will see a grain silo transformed to an art space.
The tour ends with a visit to the exhibition "thisConnection" - you will be left on your own to visit the exhibition. Do check out this 3-minute video to get a glimpse of the silo transformation.
Please note the following:
1) Meeting point is outside exit 3 of Longchang Lu stop (隆昌路站) on metro line 12 at 10am.
2) After leaving the exhibition, you can take a bus to get to Lujiazui stop (陆家嘴站) on metro line 2.
3) Charge for this tour is RMB 30 per person.
4) Please be considerate of others: if you can't make the tour, please change your RSVP from Yes to No so that the slot can be given to another person.
5) For any questions, please Wechat me: cindy1302
Thank you and hope to see you soon.
Outside exit 3 of Longchang Lu stop (隆昌路站) on metro line 12
corner of Longchang Road (隆昌路) and Changyang Road (长阳路) · Shanghai
A continuation of our May tour about the former international settlement, this tour features two former food processing places and a former train station. We will visit the museum of Yimin food factory (益民食品厂), the former abattoir (cattle slaughterhouse), and the railway museum. Along the way, we will also stop by at a few historic buildings such as a fire station, a deserted church, and a Japanese temple.
Meeting point is outside Exit 3 of Linping Road station (临平路站) on metro line 4. When you step off the metro, be sure to follow the direction marking Exit 3 (and 4) to get on the correct escalator, as the other escalator leads to Exit 1 and 2.
Due to the opening hours of the museums, we will be doing this tour in the afternoon. Meeting time is 1:10 pm.
Expense for this tour includes:
• RMB 10 per person for the Railway Museum
• RMB 30 per person for this tour
Again, please only RSVP Yes if you intend to participate in the tour. Thank you for being considerate.
For any questions, please contact me via Meetup message or Wechat: cindy1302
Outside Exit 3 of Linping Road station (临平路站) on metro line 4
Intersection of Linping Road (临平路) and Feihong Road (飞虹路) · Shanghai
If you are looking for a fun and insightful way to spend the upcoming long weekend of the Dragon Boat Festival, please join me at the giant panda base in Sichuan province where we observe the pandas, feed them, clean their houses and playgrounds, and listen to scientific seminars. The panda base is located in Du-jiang-yan (都江堰) city about 60 kms from Chengdu (成都). The Du-jiang-yan irrigation system is also a UNESCO site.
It's said that one has to wait sometimes months before accepted to volunteer at a panda base. But as this project is co-operated by a friend of mine in Shanghai, there are a few slots open for the upcoming holiday.
Itinerary is as follows:
Sunday, May 28th: Fly to Chengdu, free time for the rest of the day
Monday, May 29th: one full day at Du-jiang-yan panda base
Tuesday, May 30th: morning at panda protection research center. Fly to Shanghai in the late afternoon
Quotation: RMB 5,500 per person, including local transportation, hotel, most of the meals, and compulsory donation to the panda base. Air tickets are not included and are around RMB 3,000 for this holiday period.
If you are interest, please wechat me (cindy1302) for more details. Thank you.
This tour is intended to give you a better idea of how the former International Settlement (公共租界或英美租界) governed their area, following which Shanghai gradually developed into a metropolitan and the Bund unfolded itself into today's view. We will stop by at the site of the former "settlement government", Trinity Church, the Waterworks, the post office, the American club, and the earliest British consulate. You will also see the cutest square in Shanghai (in my view :-))
We will meet outside Exit 2 of East Nanjing Road stop (南京东路站) on metro line 2 or 10. Right outside the exit is a shopping mall and we will gather first outside the Puma store. The tour will end about 10-15 minutes walk away from the East Nanjing Road stop.
I charge RMB 30 per person for the tour.
Please only RSVP if you decide to participate. Please change your status from YES to NO if you later find that you can't make it.
Please contact me via Meetup message or Wechat (cindy1302) if you have any questions. Thank you.
Outside Exit 2 of East Nanjing Road stop (南京东路站) on metro line 2 / 10
Intersection of Henan Road and East Nanjing Road, outside Puma store · Shanghai
In this walking tour, we will visit the former Sihang (meaning four banks) warehouse (四行仓库), today a museum dedicated to a battlefield in 1937 that left us with a striking wall. Then we will walk along the Suzhou Creek (苏州河) looking at some houses bearing marks from the industrial development in the 1920's. We will then stop by the Jing'an sculpture park, after passing by a large Shikumen (石库门) area waiting to be demolished. We will end the tour at the Park Hotel (国际饭店) in the People's Square, an Art Deco master piece and holding a very special significance to Shanghai.
1. Meeting point is outside Exit 3 of Qufu Road stop (曲阜路站) on metro line 8 or 12. The tour will end at the People's Square, where you have easy access to metro lines 1, 2, or 8.
2. We will be walking quite a bit on this tour. Please wear comfortable shoes.
3. I charge RMB 30 per person for the tour.
4. Once again, RSVP Yes means that you will show up at the tour. If you can't make it, please change your status from Yes to No so that other people interested can join. Thank you for being considerate.
5. For questions, please use Meetup message or contact me via Wechat: cindy1302
Outside Exit 3 of Qufu Road stop (曲阜路站) on metro line 8 & 12
Intersection of Qufu Road (曲阜西路) and Xizang Road (西藏北路) · Shanghai
Our first walking tour of 2017 is to revisit the living quarters of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during the Second World War. In addition to the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, the White Horse Café, and the Huoshan Park, we will be walking in the neighborhood, where there are beautiful houses from the past now dwarfed by high-rises in the North-Bund area. The area is now called "Ark Shanghai" (上海方舟). Not a fan of the name myself, I do believe the history and the area deserves our due respect.
Several things to note please:
1) Meeting point is outside Exit 6 of Dalian Road stop (大连路站) on metro line 4 or 12. The walking tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and ends near the same metro stop.
2) Entrance ticket to the Museum is RMB 20 per person.
3) I charge RMB 30 per person for the tour.
4) Please update your RSVP status from Yes to No if you find yourself unable to make it. It is a courtesy to the tour organizer (that's me :0) and other participants.
If you have any questions about the tour, please contact me via Meetup message or Wechat (cindy1302). Thank you.
Outside exit 6, Dalian Road stop (大连路站) on metro line 4 or 12
Intersection of Dalian Road and Changyang Road · Shanghai
For sure you've all been to the Bund, but how did it start 170 years ago? In this tour you'll find out more about this period of the Chinese history, magnificent architectures, and stories behind either renovated or still run-down buildings.
Meeting point is outside exit 3 of Tiantong Road station (天潼路站) on metro line 10 or 12.
We will first walk along the Suzhou Creek visiting a couple of often neglected but important buildings. Then we will walk along Yuan-ming-yuan Road (圆明园路), a 150-meter-long picturesque street with renovated historic buildings one next to another. The tour will end with a visit to the ground floor of the Art Deco masterpiece Peace Hotel. We will also stop at one museum and one gallery along the way. The tour shall end around 1pm, near East Nanjing Road station (南京东路站) on metro line 2 or 10.
The fee for the tour is RMB 30 per person, collected at the end of the tour. If people want to have lunch together after the tour, the bill will be split among all who eat.
If you have any questions about this tour, feel free to contact me via Wechat: cindy1302
Outside exit 3 of Tiantong Road station (天潼路站) on metro line 10 or 12
Intersection of Tiantong Road (天潼路) and Henan Road (河南路) · Shanghai