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Off the beaten path in Shanghai's Hongkou District

Exploring a traditional neigborhood, Chinese park and a cultural giant.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  This tour takes you to a part of Shanghai that is a little outside the main tourist haunts. It is, however, still very accessible.

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Tips:  Hongkou Football Stadium is right next to Hongkou Stadium Station on lines 3 and 8 of the subway. Exit 2 in the line 3 part of the... more »

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Points of Interest

This is the home stadium of Shanghai Shenhua Football Club (soccer). The club, whose name means flower of Shanghai, are currently one of the best in the country and play in the Chinese Super League.

The stadium has a seating capacity of 30,060 and was used to host the final of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Along with a soccer pitch it also... More

2. Lu Xun Park

The park was originally a shooting range which gradually gave way to it being used as a sports ground exclusively for foreign residents. In 1922 it was renamed Hongkou Park and in 1928 opened to Chinese residents.

The park was renamed Lu Xun (see next stop) Park in 1988. Much of what can be seen today dates to the extensive work carried out in... More

Lu Xun is regarded as the father of modern Chinese literature. He was part of the May Fourth Movement. This came about from the announcement that former German territories in China would be handed over to Japan triggering student demonstrations on May 4th 1919. A seismic shift in Chinese society came about and Lu Xun was at the forefront of... More

4. Lu Xun’s Former Residence

This unassuming three storey brick house is where Lu Xun spent the last four years of his life. The house contains various memorabilia from his life and former furniture along with his death mask.

He died here on October 19th 1936 of tuberculosis. The second floor was his bedroom and the clock here displays the time of his death 5.25 in the... More

5. Duolun Road Cultural Street 多伦文化名人街

If you go out the south exit of Luxun Park you will end up at the end of Sichuan North Road (beilu). Follow this until it turns a corner and you will see a stone gateway marking the entrance to the street.

The street is lined with mainly old buildings and the largely closed to cars road is cobbled. It is a favorite for wedding photographers and ... More

6. Dashanghai (Big Shanghai) antique shop 大上海

This is one of the best antique shops on the street and is wonderfully cluttered with all manner of bric-a-brac. There are a large number of old appliances and Mao era items.

Address: 181 Duolun Road

7. Old Film Café 老电影

This café pays homage to the golden age of Shanghai film in the 20s and 30s. The walls are decorated with pictures of the stars of the silver screen. On the second floor is a screen which is used for occasional showings of old films.

It is easy to spot thanks to its Chaplinesque statue standing outside. Along with a few other restaurants and tea... More

8. Hongde Temple

Despite the name and how it looks it is actually a church built in memory of the missionary George F. Fitch (1845-1923). It was built in 1928 as the Great Virtue Church in a Chinese style.

There are church services every Sunday at 7.30 and 9.30am on the second floor.

Address: No 59 Duolun Road

9. Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

This holds regular displays of modern art and aims to once more make this street a centre of culture. It claims to be the first professional museum of modern art in China.

There are regular exhibitions, information about which can be found on the museum’s website.

Address: 27 Duolun Road
Telephone: (0086) 021 6587 2530

Open: Tuesday-Sunday... More