Adapted from a post on my blog “Shanghai virtually painted by Tan Choon Hong”.
Once the epicentre of intellectual buzz and the meeting place for radicals like the League of Leftist Writers, Duolun Lu lost its mojo until it was turned into a pedestrian street cum cultural centre.
Many buildings were restored and statues installed to pay homage to the luminaries of their time. There’s a rebirth of sorts, with local visitors rediscovering their heritage as they stroll down the street, stopping to admire the historic buildings of varied architectural influences, or take selfies with statues of literary celebrities. For foreigners it offers a glimpse of what might have been a hotbed of intellectual exploration against a backdrop of social and political upheaval.
Other attractions you might like include:
1. Hongde Tang, an old church of brickwork architecture topped with a Chinese roof.
2. Writers’ museums housing their works, mementos and paraphenalia.
3. Duolun Museum of Modern Art with an entrance that can be considered a work of modern minimalist art in itself.
4. Old Film Cafe where you are greeted by a statue of Charlie Chaplin in the forecourt, and which also screens rare Chinese movies from the 1920s.
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