Lu Xun Museum

This former residence charts the life of one of China's most celebrated literary figures.

TravelCurious Tip

The tours they offer are only in Chinese, so let one of our guides explain it all to you — Lu Xun was a fascinating character

Right until his death in 1936, Lu Xun was a leading figure of modern Chinese literature. Throughout his early life, Lu was scuppered by the fading fortunes of his family. Once a family of landlords and government officials, their resources declined over the course of his youth, preventing him from taking the imperial civil service exam and from studying medicine in Japan. But eventually he found a job at the Ministry of Education, and then he began to write.

His writing career really took off after 1919. Lu was a leftist and a liberal, sympathetic to socialist ideas but never a member of the Communist Party of China. That was something the Party chose to gloss over after his death, when they essentially canonised him, relocating his body to Hongkou Park in Shanghai and renaming it Lu Xun Park. The Party was rather fond of selectively quoting Lu Xun’s writings to suit their own ends, and even Mao Zedong himself was a great admirer of Lu Xun’s work.

Lu Xun spent the last three years of his life living in this residence in Shanghai. The place is modest, a three floor red-brick townhouse that remains mostly the same as the writer left it, with simple decorations and faded sepia photographs. The curators have resisted the urge to doll the place up, which is only a good thing. In fact, you can literally smell the dust and age in the air — at least it’s authentic!

Nearby Attractions

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Fangsheng Bridge
Take part in the tradition of buying live fish then releasing them back into the open water for good luck.
Kezhi Garden
Commonly called the ‘Ma family Garden’, it is home to a beautiful courtyard and historical buildings.
Moon View Pavillion
A beautiful courtyard in the Kehzi Gardens.
Lu Xun Park
Formerly known as Hongkou Park, this is one of the city's most pleasant green spaces.
Duolun Road Cultural Street
This picturesque street was once the home of many of China's most famous writers.
Shanghai Duolon Museum of Modern Art
Expand your knowledge at this lesser known art museum focusing on experimental contemporary art.

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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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