The City Itself, A Museum

The last century may be borne back ever further on the tides of time, but Shanghai stands as its own museum, preserving its history in architectural imprints across the city. Each example of heritage architecture offers a snapshot into times past that you can stop and savor on your way to work.


The Shanghai Municipal Tourism Bureau released the second edition of its List of Architectural Heritage of Twentieth Century in China:


General Post Office Building
Standing alongside the Suzhou River for 90 years, this is an icon of the national postal system.


Address: 276 North Sichuan-qiao Road, North Suzhou Road
Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9:00-17:00, no entrance after 16:00
Transportation: Bus 14, Bus 17, Bus 19, Subway 10 and Subway 12 at Tiantong Road Station


Sihang Warehouse
This six-story warehouse, built in 1931, was the site of the Defense of Sihang Warehouse from October 26 to November 1, 1937. It signaled the end of the Battle of Shanghai in the Second Sino-Japanese War.


Address: 1 Guangfu Road
Tickets: free
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-16:30
Transportation: Subway 1 at Xinzha Road Station, Subway 8 and Subway 12 at Qufu Road Station


Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen
Overseas Chinese bought this small European-style residence for Sun, and he and his wife settled there in 1918.


Address: 1 Xiangshan Road
Tickets: RMB 20
Open: Monday to Sunday 9:00-16:00
Transportation: Subway 13 at Middle Huaihai Road, Subway 10 and Subway 13 at Xintiandi Station, Subway 1, 10, 12 at South Shaanxi Road Station.


Moller Villa
A tycoon built this “Andersen Fairytale Castle” according to the dream of his youngest daughter, and it ended up taking a fortune and nine years to create.


Address: 30 South Shaanxi Road, Jing’an
Open: Private hotel, not open to the public.


Sheng Xuanhuai Villa
Originally built by a German in 1900, Sheng Xuanhuai, a major proponent for Westernization during the Qing Dynasty, settled here in 1912.


Address:1517 Middle Huaihai Road


Paramount Hall
This newly renovated venue is a famous integrated entertainment facility, which goes by the full name Bailemen Hotel Ballroom.


Address:218 Yuyuan Road, Jing’an


Shanghai’s theaters and museums obviously contribute to the city’s cultural landscape, but what makes living here such a special experience is the historical appreciation you get just from walking the streets.


Editor: Gu Jia/Fu Shiyue
Copywriter: John Shea