There was a time when department stores were like movie palaces. In Japan, some still are.
Why visit the Peace Hotel roof, which is just 11 stories above ground? You be the judge.
Shanghai is too rich in Art Deco to have an obvious #1 Art Deco building. But if not the Peace Hotel, then what?
Shanghai has lots of Art Deco, and the area with the most is the former French Concession.
The Hikawa Maru made 238 voyages between 1930-1960, surrounding passengers with a splendid Art Deco environment.
Removing wires isn’t that difficult, but it takes time.
Some “French” Art Deco metalwork, only not in France.
The Shanghai Aviation Association building was not easy to find but worth the trip.