This walk takes you to an area that has a rich and rather different history compared with other areas of Shanghai – home to both the former Jesuit community and to a famous Chinese man of science, Xu Guangqi.
During the mid-16th Century a group of Jesuits travelled to China from Rome arriving firstly in the city of Guangdong. The most famous of these priests was Matteo Ricci, an Italian who was very knowledable 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, 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 poor 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.