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Shanghai Architecture Walking Tours

Chinese Architecture Guides – Exclusive Buildings in Eastern China tailor made for Groups by e-architect

post updated 16 August 2023

Contact e-architect for your Chinese walking guide: isabelle(at)

Shanghai Architecture Tour: Exclusive Guided Walks

Our Shanghai guided tours are all tailored to suit each booking, we do not allow for bookings to be joined. Our guided tours in Eastern China are all exclusive to each client.

Recent interesting buildings include the Lane 189 Mall Building design by celebrated Dutch architects office UNStudio:
Lane 189 Building - Shanghai architecture tours
photo © Eric Jap

Shanghai Walking Tours

Another striking piece of architecture is White Z Veranda Building in Shanghai by designer Ning Zhang:
White Z Veranda - Shanghai architecture tours
photograph : SHEN

Should you be planning an architectural trip to East China please get in touch with Isabelle at e-architect and she will be happy to assist you source an architecture guide or guides.

Shanghai Architecture Walking Tours tower buildings
photograph : Blackstation ST

Shanghai Architecture – Introduction

Shanghai, China is a key Chinese city and is expanding fast. It is located on the eastern coast of China. It is the largest city by population of the People’s Republic of China.

Expo Shanghai Building:
Expo Shanghai Building
photo : Thomas Ott, Mühltal

Famous architects with buildings in the city include Zaha Hadid Architects, gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, Nikken Sekkei, Foster + Partners and BIG. Other key architects with work in the city include Heatherwick Studios, Goettsch Partners, Paul Andreu Architects, Atkins, Marshall Strabala, BDP Architects and Slade Architecture.

Shanghai Tower – a major new skyscraper building in this burgeoning Chinese city:
Shanghai Tower Building China
picture : Blackstation ST

Major buildings to see on your visit to Shanghai include Shanghai World Financial Center by US architects Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, Jin Mao Tower in Pudong by the well-known American architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Oriental Pearl Tower also in Pudong by Shanghai Modern Architectural Design.

Shanghai Architecture Tours

Shanghai Architecture Walking Tours can focus on traditional Chinese buildings, contemporary buildings or both.

Shanghai Buildings
Oriental Art Center Building - Shanghai architecture tours
photo from Paul Andreu Architects

Shanghai Walking Tours

Contact us to arrange your walking tour in eastern China at isabelle(at) or mobile +44 (0)7952 149814

Expo British Pavilion Building - Shanghai architecture tours
photo © Daniele Mattioli

Architecture Tours

Other than Shanghai, e-architect organise architecture walking tours in other Chinese cities such as Beijing and Hong Kong. e-architect also offer architectural city walks in Singapore, Edinburgh, London, Paris, and Glasgow.

Architecture Walking Tours

Shanghai Tower Building China
image : Blackstation ST

Asian Building Tours

A selection of some cities where e-architect offer guided architectural walks:

Beijing Architecture Walking Tours

Hong Kong Architecture Tours

Singapore Walking Tours

Shanghai Architecture

Recent Shanghai Buildings

Shanghai Architecture Designs – chronological list

Shanghai Building News

IM Shanghai, Kaixuan Road / Huaihai West Road, Changning District building design by architects Aedas:
IM Shanghai building by Aedas in China
image courtesy of architects office
IM Shanghai Building News
The large building development is located at the intersection of Kaixuan Road and Huaihai West Road of Changning District. The site is accessible via MTR Line 10 at Hongqiao Road Station, is adjacent to the Shanghai City Sculpture Art Centre, and Redtown Art District.

Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall building designed by architects Shanghai Riqing Architectural Design Co., Ltd.:
Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall China
photograph : Schran Images
Suzhou Financial Center Exhibition Hall
This architectural project is located in the central section next to Suzhou Canal, where there is a grand canal view in the distance and urban trunk road in close proximity. The architects explore inherent logic of local cultural form and language and apply them to the design to stimulate the vitality of surrounding open space and make it the city parlor for residents.

Alibaba’s new HQ in Shanghai building design by Foster + Partners, Architects, UK:
Alibaba Shanghai HQ Building by Foster + Partners
image © Foster + Partners
Alibaba Shanghai HQ Building

The West Bund Museum building design by David Chipperfield Architects, a new art gallery on the Shanghai Corniche:
West Bund Museum Shanghai Architecture Walking Tours
image © David Chipperfield Architects / Hayes Davidson
The West Bund Museum

Ports 1961 retail building design by architects UUfie:
Ports 1961 Flagship Store Shanghai Architecture Walking Tours
photo : Shengliang Su
Ports 1961 Flagship Store
Located at a major high-end commercial district, a dynamic new building façade is created for the flagship store of this Chinese fashion house.

Location: People’s Republic of China (PRC), eastern Asia

East China Buildings

Tea House Shanghai, Yangpu District
Design: Archi-Union Architects
Tea House Shanghai
The Tea House is to be found in the backyard of Archi-Union’s J-office. The building is constructed from the salvaged parts of the original warehouse’s collapsed roof, next to a mature tree.

Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
Design: gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
Shanghai Oriental Sports Center
The main structure of the closed building with a round ground plan consists of reinforced concrete, while the roof is a steel structure with a 170m span with aluminium cladding. The parallel steel girders create 35m-high arcades and include the glass façades of the encircling open foyer.

Hongqiao Soho
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Hongqiao Soho Shanghai
The concept for this new Chinese mixed-use building consists of the underlying simplicity of the set of four parallel slabs. The design provides the convenience and flexibility of a simple modular system based on a 8.4 meters grid and a building depth of about 18 meters.

China Diamond Exchange Center Building
Design: Goettsch Partners architects, USA
China Diamond Exchange Center
The China Diamond Exchange Center was commissioned by Shanghai Lujiazui Development Co. Ltd.. The 535,500-sqft office building is sited on Century Avenue, the 300-foot-wide boulevard in Shanghai’s Pudong district, a financial and commercial hub for the city.

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