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Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street

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Address: Duolun Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200081, China
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Duolun Lu, hotbed of radical thoughts.

Adapted from a post on my blog “Shanghai virtually painted by Tan Choon Hong”. Once the epicentre of intellectual buzz and the meeting place for radicals like the League of... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
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Reviewed 25 November 2016

Adapted from a post on my blog “Shanghai virtually painted by Tan Choon Hong”. Once the epicentre of intellectual buzz and the meeting place for radicals like the League of Leftist Writers, Duolun Lu lost its mojo until it was turned into a pedestrian street cum cultural centre. Many buildings were restored and statues installed to pay homage to the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

My second visit. Was last here in 2005. Love the typical Shanghainese ambience where old and new buildings blend in nicely. Worth a look for the architecture alone. It used to be the base of China's modern literature, with many cultural notabilities living here in the past. Man-size sculptures of these literary figures line this street. For those who love... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Stumbled across these streets after meandering through North Shanghai. We loved the tiny curiosity shops (you must check out 1933) and watching the residents chat and play in the afternoon sunshine. Our children appreciated the space and lack of traffic to play in the streets. Had a pricey espresso at Old Film Cafe but the toilets were clean and it... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 26 May 2016

I was going to visit Lu Xun Park (鲁迅公园) in Hongkou (虹口), and I went through Cultural Celebrities Street, as it is located between Hailun Road Station (海伦路站) and Lu Xun Park. This street has many interesting Western buildings, and full of understated antique stores. As a reviewer commented, it was a pleasant surprise for me to find a Protestant... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 16 November 2014

Although not unpleasant, I think there are many more authentic places to take a stroll in Shanghai that are also a lot closer to the typical tourist path. A highlight, however, was the Christian Church which was built with buddhist temple details in the architecture. This made it worth it for me--so unique and beautiful. There are friendly volunteers inside... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

My review: Location - Duolun Road. Getting there, take Subway line # 3, metro station Dongbaoxing Rd. Walk for 10-15 minutes from subway station to Duolun Road (on your left side). This is a renovated quarter of 2-3 streets which used to be the area were famous poets, writers and generals (affiliated with Shan-Kai-Shek?) lived. It has lots of lovely... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

Duolun Lu is an almost complete restored street from the 1920-30 era. It is (almost) car free and I would guess, about 1/2 mile long. With all the nice buildings, nice small shops and cafes it is a gem in Shanghai. It is still somewhat undiscovered and thus quite and you do not see too many tourists. And if you... More 

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Duolun, famous cultural street person, a street that has become established there by the Society for writers and artists known (is no longer). A number of buildings have been extensively restored, perhaps too good. In the car-free street are some beautiful bronze statues of famous Chinese writers/poets, like Shen Yimo, Guo Moruo and Ding Ling. There is also a Christian... More 

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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Great little gem for an afternoon exploration. Statues of the leftist writers from the 1920s and 1930s line the pedestrian street. Little cafes, including the charming Old Film Café. One gets the feel of literary life in Shanghai during this period.

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Suzhou, China
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Nice for a stroll around, antique type shops, a few nice cafes and so on, lots of photo opportunities. Found it easier to take Metro to the Hongkou Stadium and walk down from there. Walking distance to Lu Xun park and surrounding area so could combine both in same day, but a lot of walking.

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History oozes out of every fiber of the city, but Hongkou is a particularly notable neighborhood. Shanghai was a safe haven for about 20,000 Jews during the Second World War, and traces of this heritage can still be found in buildings and park monuments. Historic foreign relations aside, this neighborhood throws you into traditional Shanghainese life without taking you too far away from the city center. Some of the city’s best-preserved, ancient longtangs (laneway communities) and shikumen (Shanghainese lanehouses) are still in use as actual residences here. If you like to be surrounded by local faces, Hongkou is a great area to spend your time in. The football stadium, Duolun Lu and the North Bund area await should you need some entertainment.
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