Name: Duolun Road, Cultural Celebrities Street
Chinese Name: 多伦路
Construction Time: 1912
Length: 550 meters (600 yards
Location: No. 146 of Dongjiangwan Road, Shanghai, close to Lu Xun Park and Hongkou Football Stadium
If you want to experience the culture of Shanghai City over the past 100 years, Duolun Road, the Cultural Celebrities street, is the best choice. This road is only 550 meters long. It was the place where a lot of China's modern literature writers like Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Guo Moruo, and Ye Shengtao lived. It the L-shaped pedestrian street you can see the former residences of these writers. You can also find old bookstalls, private museums, and small antique shops selling calligraphy works, paintings, and rosewood appliances. There are also some nice western-style mansions, some Islamic buildings and a famous Spanish garden villa.
It is a well-decorated street, colourful and beautiful flowers in the street square, an old and simple pavement, and classical architectures, all these scenes make the road a comfortable place to visit and relax. Walking down the road, you will probably encounter some newlyweds in traditional Chinese costume having their wedding photos taken. This sweet moment is just like a ray of sunshine, making this ancient cultural street even warmer and cosier.
League of Left-Wing Writers Memorial Hall
Maybe the League of Left-Wing Writers Memorial Hall is the place most worth mentioning. It is at No.145 on Duolun Road, covering an area of 818 square yards (684 square meters). The League of Left-Wing Writers were active in the 1930s. This group was led by Lu Xun, a great writer whose works still have a big influence in China today. Many excellent writers joined the league to spread Marxism throughout the nation via their works. This memorial hall is a three-storey garden house built of bricks and wood. Many precious relics are displayed here so visitors can learn more about this league and its members. The admission is free and this hall is open from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm and closed on Mondays.
Xi Shi Bell Tower
From the memorial hall, you will be attracted by a 59 feet (18 meters) high bell tower, Xi Shi Bell Tower, on the corner. It was named after famous prose of Lu Xun, Dawn Blossoms Plucked at Duck (Zhao Hua Xi Shi). There is an old bronze clock embedded in the marble-laid tower. At the top of the tower, there is a robotic device chiming and telling the history of this Cultural Celebrities Street.
Hong De Tang Church
After the bell tower, the famous Christian church, the Hong De Tang is right in front of you. This church differs from other churches in China because it is completely made with Chinese features. This is seldom seen in China as most Christian Churches are made with Western architectural style. Admission is free and this hall is open from 9.00 am - 6.00 pm. Worship Service time: 07.00, 9.30 and 19.00 hrs.
In Duolun Cultural Celebrities Street a lot of former houses are now private museums. Among them, Jinquan Ancient Coins Museum is the most famous one near the northern end of the road and it is still open to the public. This three-storey house used to be the mansion of Tang Enbo, a capable general of the Republic of China (1912 – 1949). Nowadays, over 100,000 coins dating from the Qin Dynasty (221 – 207 BC) to 1949 are on display. Across the road, you can find a row of Shikumen buildings, traditional Shanghai-style architecture combining the features of both Western and oriental buildings. They used to be exhibition galleries of bookplates, bells, and stones. Now, only the one displaying chopsticks is still open to the public. You will see various kinds of chopsticks made of gold, silver, jade, bones, and bamboo. Please note: The museums do not have fixed opening hours; you can only visit when the owners are in. Admission for Coins Museum is 10 yuan and for Chopstick Museum is free.
Duolun Street is carefully decorated street, colourful and beautiful flowers in the street square. It has old and simple pavement, and classical architectures, all these scenes make the road a comfortable place to visit and relax. Walking down the road, there is a big chance you encounter some newlyweds in traditional Chinese costume having their wedding photos taken.