Lu Xun Park

Formerly known as Hongkou Park, this is one of the city's most pleasant green spaces.

TravelCurious Tip

Like anywhere in Shanghai, at the wrong time the park can be choked with throngs of people, which rather defeats the point. Go during a weekday and you can really relax

Lu Xun Park sprawls out right behind Hongkou Football Stadium and is a delight to behold in spring and summer when its trees are in blossom. It makes a lovely change from the glass and steel skyscrapers along the Huangpu River. Take a stroll, and perhaps engage in a little tai chi with the elderly practitioners who pepper the park.

The park was initially simply Hongkou park, but it was renamed after the Chinese writer Lu Xun who lived nearby during the last years of his life, before being buried in the park when he died in 1936. He was a popular intellectual and his coffin was draped in a flag bearing the words “The Soul of the Nation” on it. He was later canonised by the Communist Party, who liked to quote him rather selectively for their own ends.

Astonishingly, the park was not even open to Chinese visitors until 1928; it was founded by the foreign community and its design was based on a park in Glasgow, Scotland, with a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and bowling green — in short, everything you needed for a swell expat life.

Unsurprisingly, these policies were pretty controversial and did not last long under the Republic of China. In the film “Fist of Fury,” Bruce Lee famously tries to enter a public garden and is barred, resulting in him kicking and snapping the sign displaying the ban. Understandable, really!

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