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.
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