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“Duolun Lu, hotbed of radical thoughts.”

Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

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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Reviewed 26 September 2016

My second visit. Was last here in 2005. Love the typical Shanghainese ambience where old and new buildings blend in nicely. Worth a look for the architecture alone. It used to be the base of China's modern literature, with many cultural notabilities living here in the past. Man-size sculptures of these literary figures line this street.

For those who love massage, try the Tang Massage centre which is located right at the beginning of the street at North Sichuan Road junction.

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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Stumbled across these streets after meandering through North Shanghai. We loved the tiny curiosity shops (you must check out 1933) and watching the residents chat and play in the afternoon sunshine. Our children appreciated the space and lack of traffic to play in the streets. Had a pricey espresso at Old Film Cafe but the toilets were clean and it was a lovely spot to sit out the front and soak up the scene. Only wish I knew more about the famous writers before I had gone so I recommend that you read up before you visit.

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Reviewed 26 May 2016

I was going to visit Lu Xun Park (鲁迅公园) in Hongkou (虹口), and I went through Cultural Celebrities Street, as it is located between Hailun Road Station (海伦路站) and Lu Xun Park.

This street has many interesting Western buildings, and full of understated antique stores. As a reviewer commented, it was a pleasant surprise for me to find a Protestant Church with a very unique architecture, too.

On this Saturday in May, there were a lot of couples all dressed up for a wedding, I assume, to be photographed professionally on this street.

It was not too crowded here, and I liked walking around slowly, checking each building, some antique stores and a gallery.

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Reviewed 16 November 2014

Although not unpleasant, I think there are many more authentic places to take a stroll in Shanghai that are also a lot closer to the typical tourist path. A highlight, however, was the Christian Church which was built with buddhist temple details in the architecture. This made it worth it for me--so unique and beautiful. There are friendly volunteers inside ready to speak to visitors (an English speaker was also available) so if you go, pop in for a visit, they will be glad to receive you warmly!

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