If you love art deco architecture, you probably already know that Shanghai is full of beautiful and impressive buildings. There are art deco touches everywhere, even in many contemporary structures, and that classic art deco style makes everything in this cosmopolitan city even more glamorous.
One off-the-beaten-path art deco building you should definitely visit in Shanghai is the 1933 Slaughterhouse Building (1933年屠宰场大楼). Located just east of the Bund, this building is described as "Escher-esque) and when you get there, you'll see why. Huge concrete pathways slope up to the sky; called "air bridges", these walkways were once used to herd animals to various parts of the building on their way to meet their end. The only slaughterhouse of its kind left from the 1930s in Asia, this building is now used to house various shops and restaurants. Much of the building remains unoccupied but this adds to its moody ambiance, especially if you visit later in the day as the light fades and darkness descends. The shadows created by the 26 air bridges throughout the structure deepen and lengthen, and the thick concrete walls keep the noise of the city at bay. It's a great place to take photos and just wander around.
To get to the 1933 Slaughterhouse Building, just walk east along the Bund and cross Suzhou Creek. It only takes about 25 minutes to walk to the site (1933 Laochangfang, 10 Shajing Rd, Hongkou Qu, China, 200000).
For more information about this interesting structure, check out this post on Atlas Obscura: