Thursday March 23-March 26 2017
Discover the hidden Art Deco gems of Xiamen, the old treaty port once known as Amoy. Organized in conjunction with the Asian Art Deco Alliance.
Thursday March 23
Evening: Arrival, casual dinner.
Friday March 24
When Amoy was a treaty port, the foreigners on Gulangyu Island established an International Settlement (1902-1942), and its legacy is the rich variety of international architectural styles that remain – including Art Deco. We’ll take a walking tour of Gulangyu’s Art Deco with a local expert, hear the stories behind the buildings, enjoy a rare private visit to a spectacular Art Deco mansion built by a Filipino businessman in the 1930s. Whole day visit – lunch, dinner and ferry to Gulangyu island included.
Saturday March 25
Overseas Chinese Village + Baijia Cun
The Overseas Chinese Village is an enclave of Art Deco villas with Chinese design details, built in the 1960s (yes, the 1960s!) for overseas Chinese from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Today, many have been converted into cafes, boutiques and hotels, creating an atmosphere similar to Shanghai’s former French Concession. Baijia Cun, an adjacent neighborhood, also features some beautiful examples of Art Deco architecture – including the stunning former headquarters of the Japanese occupying force! Our walking tour guide today is a local architectural historian, who will take us on a walking tour of this area and share the history of this fascinating area. Whole day tour – lunch, dinner and local transport included.
Sunday March 26 (morning)
Our walking tour today will take us to the shophouses, cinemas, and downtown Deco in the waterfront area of Xiamen. Much is being redeveloped, but the winding lanes and alleyways that lead off the main streets are full of architectural surprises. Morning tour, lunch included.
Afternoon: Tour concludes.
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Member Discounts: Members of Historic Shanghai + Asian Art Deco Alliance: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code.