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Hongde Temple

This church is built in a Chinese style and features a grey-brick interior and high wooden ceilings.

TravelCurious Tip

Feel free to attend a service at the Hongde Temple. They are multi-denominational, although usually in Chinese

The unique Hongde Temple can be found on Duolun Road Cultural Street, near Lu Xun Park. This street is famous for having been home to many of China’s most famous 20th century writers. The golden age of the street was in the 20s and 30s when various members of the influential League of Left-Wing Writers lived there, including Lu Xun himself.


Lu Xun’s former residence is now in fact a museum, and its just one example of the fascinating architecture that lines this street. Chinese styles are blended with foreign ones, and you can spot elements of Islamic, Jewish and French architecture rubbing shoulders. Altogether, the styles on show along Duolun Road make for a striking timeline of 20th century Shanghai.


The Hondge Temple is a particular highlight. It’s rather unique, being a Christian church built in a Chinese style. It was built in 1928 in honour of George Field Fitch, a missionary from the USA who worked in China for more than 50 years. Unlike almost all churches in Shanghai, this one is built like a Chinese temple, and even has a Chinese style bell tower.

Nearby Attractions

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Lu Xun Park
Formerly known as Hongkou Park, this is one of the city's most pleasant green spaces.
Lu Xun Museum
This former residence charts the life of one of China's most celebrated literary figures.
Duolun Road Cultural Street
This picturesque street was once the home of many of China's most famous writers.
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Expand your knowledge at this lesser known art museum focusing on experimental contemporary art.
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Related Tours

Hongkou District: Private Tour of Shanghai’s Cultural Hub with Tickets
Explore the fascinating Hongkou district, former home to leftwing writers, Jewish refugees and Anglo-American colonizers on this private full-day walking tour with tickets to the Lu Xun, Modern Art and Jewish Refugees Museums, and the Hongde Temple. On your private tour you will: 

  • Take a step back from the tourist trail and enjoy the personalised attention of your private tour guide through Hongkou.
  • Commence your tour at the Lu Xun Museum, with skip-the-line access. Dedicated to the life and work of Lu Xun – the writer considered the founder of modern Chinese literature and leader of the Chinese League of Left-Wing Writers in Shanghai in the turbulent 1920s and 30s. 
  • Enjoy a relaxing stroll through Lu Xun Park.
  • Walk down Duolun Road cultural street.
  • Pass by the Hongde Temple – a unique Christian church built in the Chinese temple style.
  • See the old Lilong alleys where the Chinese lived in squalid housing during the war.  
  • Wander through the Museum of Modern Art – admiring the birthplace of Shanghai’s style. 
  • Visit the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue - now the Jewish Refugees Museum and learn about the Jewish community here, who called it ‘Little Vienna’ during WW2. 
In the northeast corner of downtown Shanghai, you’ll find the captivating, off the beaten path district of Hongkou, a living, breathing museum to Shanghai’s complex political and cultural history. You’ll find relics of its colonial past, its left-wing art and culture scene, the Memorial Site of the 4th National Congress of the CPC, museums to modern art, the Jewish community and refugees of many backgrounds, through many wars, as well as the plethora of homages to Lu Xun, the author, essayist and translator. Famous for writing in the vernacular of the common Chinese man, he is considered by many to be the founder of modern Chinese literature.  Both the park and the Museum (his former home) are named for him. Your guide will also point out the many houses of renowned left-wing rebel intellectuals from the early twentieth century. 

Hongkou is situated at the confluence of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek and was part of the American and British settlement, the so-called ‘Shanghailanders’ in the mid-nineteenth century, who refused to pay taxes to the Quing government of the day. During the First World War Japanese troops and civilians moved in and it became known as ‘Little Tokyo’, and by the beginning of the Second World War, it officially fell to Japan. The remaining Brits and Americans were put into the internment camp at Lunghua Civilian Assembly Centre alongside the Chinese prisoners.

The Chinese who were allowed to stay in Hongkou lived in squalor, in Lilong – narrow, claustrophobic alleys, the remnants of which your guide will show you.

With its focus on experimental contemporary art, you will get a taste of Shanghai’s modern cultural scene on Duolun Cultural road where you’ll venture inside the Museum of Modern Art and see the unique Hongde Temple – a Chinese styled Christian church.

Finally, your tour guide will take you to the former Ohel Moshe Synagogue - now the Jewish Refugees Museum. If Hongkou was Little Tokyo at the beginning of the war, by the middle years, it became the Jewish Ghetto or ‘Little Vienna’ as the Jewish Community called it, and is where your tour ends. 
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