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Shanghai Duolun Road

Shanghai Duolun Road

Write: Elke [2011-05-23]
Tags: folk art

Cultural Street of Duolun Road
Shanghai Duolun RoadDuolun Road is a quiet and narrow zigzag ging alleyway in HongKou District, which has become a showcase of Shanghai literati's life in 20s and 30s in the 20the century.

The villas which line this pedestrianized road, are attractive examples of the Chinese and International architecture styles of this former American concession area. Today the road is home to a fascinating selection of art and antique shops as well as the more usual souvenirs stalls selling Chinese curios and collectibles. Duolun Road was once a popular haunt of many eminent figures from Shanghai's past. Life size bronze figures of some of the road's former patrons are poised at intervals around the beautifully paved road and add some extra historical perspective.

Cultural celebrities including LuXun, Qu Qiubai, Guo Moruo and Mao Dun bad met here to carry out revolutionary activities. The life-like copper statues at street side vividly depict the unique features of the literati and a tour of their former residences helps to learn about their stories in the old days.

Duolun Road is so called "An Outdoor Museum on Shanghai style Architecture" represented by famous Hong De Church and multi-featured residences of Kong XiangXi, Bai ChongXi and Tang Enbo. Besides People may linger in the halls of collections inducing those of newspapers, porcelain wares, book, currencies, bizarre rocks, chopsticks, jade wares, SuZhou embroidery, etc.

Duolun road has become an excellent place for leisure, sightseeing and cultural activities, dotted with antique market, bookstores and teahouses. With its archaic sights and elegant cultural atmosphere Duolun Road is listed as one of the top tourist attractions in Shanghai.

Lan Xiang Chopsticks Collection Hall
Founded by chopsticks collector Mr. Lan Xiang, China's only chopsticks collection folk art hall has a rare collection of over 980 kinds of Chinese and foreign chopsticks, numbering nearly 1600 pairs.

Old Movie Cafe

With old furniture in nostalgic style of 20s and 30s and non-stop projection of old Shanghai classical movies, you may thumb through old Shanghai newspaper "Shanghai Daily" and "Photo Copies of Friend movie magazine" and paintings and calligraphy by old movie stars, to trace long-lost metro politan happenings.

Currency Exhibition Hall As Asia's largest ancient currency company, the currency Exhibition Hall displays over 8000 in category and more than 1000 in number. (Source: China Today)