Travel Destinations and Photo Spots
Upon arrival at this structure, you are greeted by a large extensive concrete façade with the numbers 1933 protruding out above the entrance.
The building was designed by British architects and later constructed by Chinese developers in 1933 hence the significance of the numbers ‘1933’.
The original purpose of the building was a fully functioning abattoir, the largest in the Far East at one point in time. In the last century the structure has been used for an array of functions such as a medicine factory and a cold storage facility.
Due to the age of the building, extensive restoration work was required and this continued until 2008 when the premises became a large commercial space open to the public. Today the building is home to upmarket art galleries, cafes and offers creative office spaces for start up businesses within the architectural realm.
As I wandered through the maze on concrete, the sheer size of the building becomes apparent. Many of the rentable spaces remain vacant but the place still attracts many visitors daily.
The gritty concrete backdrop means that the former slaughterhouse is hugely popular for budding photographers and filmmakers from across the globe. During my time here I saw multiple photo shoots for modeling, fashion etc.
I highly recommend taking a trip to this building if you are seeking to see something that is a stark contrast to the glittering lights and large steel skyscrapers that can be found on the Bund. There is no admission fee to the building and you are free to roam around as you wish.
Overall it was highly enjoyable walking through a place with such a dark history, the narrow winding staircases and uneven paths built for cattle are quite fascinating to experience.
How to get there:
Best way to get there is by getting a taxi; you will need to show the taxi driver the address in Chinese so you can copy it from below:
The English address is 1933, 29 Shajing Lu,
near Haining Lu
Metro: 10 minutes walk from Hailun Road metro station.