This walk takes you to an area that has a rich and rather different history from other areas of Shanghai – home to both the former Jesuit community and to a famous Chinese man of science, Xu Guangqi. In mid-16th Century, a group of Jesuits travelled to China from Rome, arriving first in Guangdong. The most famous of these priests was Matteo Ricci, an Italian who was very learned in the fields of science and technology. Later Xu Guangqi, a highly educated Chinese scholar official became close friend with him. In 1603, Xu converted to Catholicism and within a few years the rest of his family also did. During this tour, we will visit the tomb of Xu, Xujiahui Cathedral(St. Ignatius) - Shanghai's most famous cathedral. It was built by the Jesuits who have had a presence here from as early as 1608. In the end of the tour, visit the Tushanwan Orphanage Museum, it has left a glorious page in Chinese recent history of art, printing, publishing and religion. Established in 1855, not just for orphans, but for boys whose families were too pooer to support them. Known as the birth place of the first generation of western painters in Shanghai, one that introduced western crafts, used lithographic printing and collotype technology. The arts and crafts made by Tushanwan were exhibited on Expo 1900 Paris and Expo 1915 Panama respectively, among which, Chinese pagoda statues attracted a lot of attention.
Price: RMB300 per person
Min.2 people in a small group
For a group of more than 10 people, please contact us for larger group offer
Tour is 2hrs, Meeting Point: Direction's in both Chinese and English will be provided for you to arrive at our starting point. Price includes all tickets admission to all sites listed. (This tour offers from every Tuesday to Sunday).
We take you behind the scenes of a destination to reveal it's hidden gems and appreciate the Chinese culture. The owner of Shanghai Pathway – a Shanghai based tour agency that offers Unique Day Trips, Walking Tours and Chinese Culture Experiences. Janny Chyn has been featured in media outlets including the Courier, CNNgo, Tripadvisor and TimeOut. Living in Shanghai, she realized how difficult it was for visitors to experience and discover the real Shanghai. This ultimately compelled her to establish her tour company as a platform to engage learning and understanding through culture activities such as day trip, walking tour, cooking classes, food tours, and lectures. In addition to designing and hosting various tours and events, Janny also provided travel planning, logistical support, and full-service concierge services to large client groups and corporate clients. She is a business consultant, artist, tea master and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has extensively traveled around the world and spends time researching Chinese history and heritage traditions. Janny has also successfully worked with corporate clients: Google, JP Morgan, The Macmillan Group, Henkel, World Fuel Services, Rabobank, Shanghai Centre, Spirax Sarco, Slow Food, The Travel Yogi, Saint Mary's College of California, Ctrip, Malosa Medical, Ranpak, Concordia International School, SEA, AWCS, etc. Full profile ⋅ Leave a Review
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