Shanghai Church and Jesuits
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
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 a 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, you 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 poor to support them. Known as the birthplace 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: RMB1500 for up to 2 people
RMB300 per additional person
(Including guide fee and entrance fee)
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.
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