Directors’ Programs

The CISSMUN Secretariat is pleased to invite visiting MUN Advisors and other adult chaperones to participate in either of two half-day tours highlighting the history and development of Shanghai. These tours are offered at no additional charge, but because space is limited to 20 people per tour, we kindly ask that you register by completing and submitting the form found at the bottom of the page.

The Best of Shanghai: Past, Present and Future

Saturday, January 18th, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM

This tour traces the arc of Shanghai’s development from its humble origin as a sleepy fishing port to its modern incarnation as one of the world’s great urban centers. The day begins in the early modern period of Chinese history, with visits to the Ming Dynasty-era Yu Yuan Garden and the Taoist City God Temple. We then visit the Bund, where the guide will recount the stories of the financiers and architects who transformed this malarial marshland into one of the world’s most important trading hubs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, we will turn our attention to the skyline of Lujiazui, Shanghai’s growing financial center. Home to several of the world’s tallest buildings, Lujiazui stands as a glittering symbol of China’s current growth, and a window on its future.

Heroes and Villains in the Former French Concession

Sunday, January 19th, 8:30 AM-1:00 PM 

This tour explores the colonial past of Shanghai’s former French Concession, and follows in the footsteps of some of its most colorful residents. During the tour, our guests will learn how the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion shaped the course of Shanghai’s history and development, and set the stage for gangsters and robber barons, property empires and opium fortunes. From Victor Sassoon to “Big-eared” Du and “Pockmarked” Huang, this tour presents a rogue’s gallery of nefarious characters, whose stories unfold amidst the tree-lined streets and architectural landmarks of one of Shanghai’s most beautiful and fascinating neighborhoods.

Directors’ Programs Form