Essential Architecture- The Bund, Shanghai

Astor House

presently Pujiang Hotel




Shanghai, China. Across Huangpu Lu from The Russian Embassy, Pujiang Hotel, formerly the Astor House.


c. 1880


Renaissance Revival


steel frame


  Above image ©Paul Pak-hing Lee - 1997
  Below, the famed Astor House Hotel, founded in the middle of the 19th century, and Garden Bridge. Among the hotel's celebrated guests were Charlie Chaplin, Bertrand Russell and Ulysses S. Grant. It is still a hotel, if a bit tired.
The Astor House Hotel was the first modern hotel in China’s history, which hosted many celebrities from all over the world.

The hotel lightened up the first electric lamps in China
——July 26, 1882, Shanghai lightened up 15 lamps on trial for the first time, seven of which were installed in the Astor House Hotel.;

The earliest performances of the Circuses in China
——1882, the earliest performances of the Circuses from Western countries.

The first phonecall was made through here
——1901, the first Yellow Page in the city listed the number of the Astor House Hotel “200,” and it’s the first phone used in Shanghai.

A half-sounded film was first shown on in the open air
——June 9, 1908, the motion picture was played in the hotel garden.

China’s first prom was hosted here
——November 5, 1897, a grand dancing party was held in the hotel to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Queen Cixi.

The first stock exchange in China after 1949 was started at the hotel
——December 19, 1990, the Shanghai Stock Exchange was launched at the Astor House Hotel.