Essential Architecture- The Bund, Shanghai

General Post Office

presently The main Post Office for the foreign settlement. On Soochow Creek across the former
British American Tobacco Co. It is now Shanghai's main Post Office.


Stewardson & Spence


Shanghai, China






stone, steel frame


post office
  Above image ©Paul Pak-hing Lee - 1997
The four storey General Post Office Building is located at the north end of the Sichuan Road Bridge, Shanghai, on the banks of the Suzhou Creek.

Built from 1922 to 1924 and designed by Stewardson & Spence, the building is in Classical style. Its two main facades use three-storey high Corinthian columns. The main door is on the corner, and is topped by a Baroque style clock tower. The sides of the clocktower are decorated with three statuory groups. The central group features Hermes, flanked by Eros and Aphrodite, the god and goddess of love. On the second level is the 1200 square metre main trading hall, which was known as the "First Hall of the Far East".

The building housed the General Post Office for the International Settlement and the French Concession in Shanghai.

It is now used as the headquarters of the Shanghai postal services. It is protected as a National Artefact Preservation Unit.