Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, located in the historic, artistic and cultural heart of the city, is just a few minutes’ walk from the Shikumen housing complexes. Built in the 1920s by the British, the Shikumen combine both Chinese and Western architectural elements and were repurposed as communal housing in 1949. Today the Shikumen offers a fascinating glimpse of a disappearing side of Shanghai.
Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai is launching an exclusive tailor-made Shikumen tour to reveal a glimpse of the traditional way of life of old Shanghai. The 4-hour walking tour is led by Shanghai-born photographer Wang Gangfeng. Wang, who grew up in the Shikumen and who still has his studio there today, will lead guests on a walk through historical lane-house architecture where they will have the rare chance to step into 1920s Shikumen houses whilst meeting the friendly local residents and hearing their unique Shanghai stories. During this photography tour, guests can pick up photo tips from the expert and even have their portrait taken as a memento of this one-of-a-kind Shanghai experience.
Prior to the tour, guests will be able to enjoy a taste of Shanghai through the hotel’s breakfast buffet including items such as Da Bing Chinese pancakes and Ci Fan sticky rice cakes. The tour concludes at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai with another opportunity to taste local favourites with a special “Bite of Shanghai” lunch at Si Ji Xuan Chinese Restaurant.
The new Shikumen tour is available now at Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai, price is starting from RMB2,400 per person (EUR 342), advance reservation required. For enquiries, please contact the Hotel Concierge at firstname.lastname@example.org.