Gutzlaff Signal Tower Tours – Shanghai, China

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Gutzlaff Signal Tower


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Location: south Bund, China, Shanghai

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Built by the French in 1865 and named after Karl Friedrich August Gutzlaff, who was one of the earliest European visitors to Shanghai, the Signal Tower was originally located at the foot of Yan’an Road East in the part of the Bund that once belonged to the French Concession. It was rebuilt in 1884 and 1907. The French used the Signal Tower to transmit weather reports from the Jesuit run Zikawei Observatory at Xujiahui to ships at sea. It continued to serve this function until 1956. The Signal Tower was moved 22.4 meters to its current location in 1993, and in 1999 it underwent a full restoration, after which it was reopened as a museum and café.

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