To get to the heart of a city, you need a good pair of shoes. Charles Baudelaire used the term `flâneur’ to describe someone who walks through the city to experience it. And nothing beats being shown around by those who have been walking the streets themselves for a while. Let the Shanghai Flaneurs take you on a walk-and-talk experience! As a community service SHANGHAI FLANEUR offers private walks on for individuals, a novel format to explore urban space, involving short lectures, walks to key locations and discussions with our experts.

To arrange a private walk please contact Ms. Chu, Yan at ychu(at)


In September 2014 on the Davos Summer Forum, for the first time, Premier Li Keqiang mentioned, “mass entrepreneurship and innovation” in the public. He proposed to “make a new tide of public entrepreneurship and grass-roots entrepreneurship on the land of 9,600,000 square kilometers, and create a new trend of Innovate by Thousands of People and Innovation by Everyone”. *

China has 1.3 billion people, a 900-million workforce, and over 70 million enterprises and self-employed businesses, which makes it a manufacturing giant in the world. However, the Chinese government is targeting to transform the country from “the factory of the world” into a leading manufacturing power with more optimized industrial structure, sound quality and efficiency and sustainable development. To add more value in the manufacture, the key lies in innovation and entrepreneurship.

To answer the call of “mass entrepreneurship and innovation”, the city government of Shanghai plans to turn Shanghai into a global innovation hub.

Walk with Prof. Dr. Han to learn the latest trends on innovation and entrepreneurship and investigate the start-up scene in China.

*CHINA ECONOMIC NET, March 6, 2015.

Expert: Professor Dr. Zheng HAN is goetzpartners Chair Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Sino-German School for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK). Prof. Han served as Chief Representative and Chief Investment Advisor of the Haniel Group, a Fortune Global 500 company, in China for 7 years. He frequently gives workshops, in-house trainings and keynote speeches for MNCs and works on innovation, marketing and strategic leadership topics. Learn more about him.

Duration: 2.5~3 hours


In only 150 years, Shanghai developed from a harbour city of half a million people in the 19th century to one of the world’s largest urban agglomerations of 23 million inhabitants today. This development was not linear but transformed the city in several waves of population influx, with political and economical impetus of both local and international interests.

Today, the ever-changing skyline of Shanghai is the most prominent feature and new symbol of this city. Take a picture of Pudong and it will be out of date in no time. No architectural guide book can manage to keep track with all the new construction sites sprouting all over the city, making Shanghai into one of the world’s most thrilling architectural playgrounds. Join Shanghai Flaneur’s expert Fanny Hoffmann-Loss and visit the new world of skyscrapers in Pudong’s Lujiazui. Get insider’s information from the world of architecture and design and its challenges and chances for international design firms in China. 

Expert: Architect and project manager at the German architectural firm gmp von Gerkan Marg and Partners, Fanny Hoffmann-Loss studied at the Technical University Berlin and at Tongji University Shanghai. Having a strong interest in China, she also studied Mandarin at the Beijing Language Institute in the early 1990s and sinology at the Free University of Berlin. Learn more about her.

Duration: 3 hours