Duolun Road Cultural Street

This picturesque street was once the home of many of China's most famous writers.

TravelCurious Tip

Head to the Old Film Café for a coffee and admire the peculiar Charlie Chaplin statue outside

Built in 1911, this historic street was once home to a number of famous Chinese writers. The writers have moved on, but the architecture and the atmosphere remain. Nowadays, the street is lined with art stores, antique shops, galleries and teahouses. It’s a pedestrian street, and not one that is always overwhelmed with tourists, so head along for a peaceful amble.

The golden age of this street was in the 20s and 30s. Then it was known as Darroch Road, and it was studded with writers and celebrities. Among them were various influential League of Left-Wing Writers, including the founder Lu Xun, whose former residence is now an authentically preserved museum. He even got the nearby park renamed after him by the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China. He was never a member, but they have a slightly selective memory.

The architecture along Duolun Road makes for a rather good style timeline of 20th century Shanghai. Chinese styles were fused with foreign ones, so its interesting to see elements of Islamic, Jewish and French styles alongside one another. Highlights include the Hongde Temple, a Christian church built in a Chinese style, and the political museum where the League of Left-Wing Writers was founded. The Shanghai Doulun Museum of Modern Art also warrants a visit, not just for the art, but also for its charming terrace.

Nearby Attractions

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People's Square
This spectacular space in the heart of the city is a hub of activity.
The Bund
As the city's stand out landmark, this remarkable waterfront is perfect for strolling and people-watching.
Lu Xun Park
Formerly known as Hongkou Park, this is one of the city's most pleasant green spaces.
Hongde Temple
This church is built in a Chinese style and features a grey-brick interior and high wooden ceilings.
Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art
Expand your knowledge at this lesser known art museum focusing on experimental contemporary art.
Jewish Refugees Museum
Formerly the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, the exhibitions displays stories of Shanghai Jews in words and pictures.

Related Tours

Private Tour Off the Beaten Track: Hongkou
Step off the beaten track and experience a part of Shanghai that is a little off the tourist radar: Hongkou. This former international settlement has a distinct atmosphere and look. During this tour you will learn about one of China’s most famous writers, Lu Xun, and about the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Shanghai.

  • Commence your tour at the Lu Xun Museum 
  • Explore the exhibitions displaying videos, photos, and wax works 
  • Stroll through Lu Xun Park 
  • Visit the vibrant Duolun Road Cultural Street 
  • Snap photos of Hongde Temple
  • Wander through  Duolun Museum of Modern Art 
  • Learn about the Shanghai Jewish community at the Jewish Refugees Museum 
The Lu Xun Legacy

You will walk within the Lu Xun Museum that was once his former residence. Here, the life and creative output of the author is displayed with videos, photographs and wax works. Then, take a stroll through one of the city’s most delightful green spaces - Lu Xun Park that holds the famous tomb. You can watch people practising ballroom dancing and tai chi and, if you’re in the mood, your helpful guide will help you charter a boat and take it out onto the small lake.

Duolun Street 

Next, you visit the vibrant Duolun Road Cultural Street where the Hongde Temple and Duolun Museum of Modern Art are located. With its focus on experimental contemporary art, you will get a taste of Shanghai’s modern cultural scene.

The Jewish History

Finally, a visit to the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue - now the Jewish Refugees Museum - will immerse you in a fascinating part of Shanghai’s history. Used to house the Jewish ghetto during World War 2, the occupying Japanese forces however refused German demands to construct extermination camps on Chongming Island. Its exhibition rooms house the stories of Shanghai Jews in pictures and words. 

Travel Curious Tip: Remember to purchase postcards at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art to post home to family & friends!

We built this tour because
 it invites travellers to gain a comprehensive understanding of Shanghai's complex history, whilst visiting a selection of stunning sites. 


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