Shanghai Art Deco Tour

There’s architecture, and then there’s architecture. The kind that excites even neophytes like us.

In Shanghai, the undisputed star of the show is its Art Deco landscape. From Palmer and Turner’s iconic 1920s Peace Hotel, to the sexy, soaring geometric shapes of the modern Jinmao Tower, there are countless and varied examples of this gorgeous French-inspired visual art style – you just need to know where to look! This is your chance to stalk Shanghai’s most vibrant neighbourhoods with an expert to spontaneously uncover some of the most thrilling examples, and learn the stories of the people behind them. From the Hungarian gulag escapee who went on to design some of Shanghai’s greatest buildings, to the Chinese architects that merged Art Deco with feng shui to produce a fascinating hybrid still visible today.

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Learn About Our Expert

Bespoke’s Art Deco expert has studied China, and more specifically Shanghai’s history, architecture and urban development, for more than 30 years. Passionate about preserving Shanghai’s social and architectural heritage and educating new generations, he is also the author of many articles and book chapters. He holds degrees from Brown University, the University of Michigan, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, and Relations l’Université de Dijon and also served as a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai for five years, including a term as Chairman in 2000.


How much does it cost? 4,400RMB for up to 2 people; 700RMB per additional person. Prices for groups larger than 6 people are also available so contact us for a custom quote!

How long will it take? 3 – 4 hours

When can I do it? Anytime you like, subject to the expert’s availability, though we don’t recommend evenings.

Getting there: The cost of this tour does not include transportation. We recommend hiring a car to get you between The Bund and the French Concession.

Start Point: The Garden Hotel

End Point: The Bund

Children: Are welcome.

Any other costs I should know about? Nope!

How far in advance should I book? As far in advance as possible.

What to bring: Comfortable shoes and a keen pair of eyes.

Our favourite bit: There are plenty of jaw-drop moments on this tour – usually when you’re suddenly told to ‘look up’ by your expert and realise something spectacular was virtually right in front of you and you’d have otherwise missed it! There’s also a certain thrill that comes from spotting details in unlikely places by yourself – for example when you recognise a classic Art Deco sunbeam on the façade of a dilapidated building in Shanghai’s old neighbourhoods!

Is this an expert or local personality-led tour? Expert

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