24 Hours Hotline: +86 137-3541-1378
+86 157-0009-4881

Your Location: Home > Shanghai Attractions > Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street

Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street


Overview of Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street
"Find the last 100 years of Shanghai history on Duo Lun Road" is a saying among local Shanghai people. Duo Lun Road is a very short and small road. The whole length is only 550 meters but it definitely takes a long time to walk the whole street. Duo Lun Road had been a famous road in the beginning of last century when China was seeing the greatest changes that had happened in the last two thousand years. Quite a few great minds stayed on the Duo Lun Road in the 20's and 30's of the 20th century and a lot of books and articles that affected China much were written on this road. There are many sculptures of these great minds on the street such as Lu Xun(鲁迅), Mao Dun(茅盾), Ye Sheng Tao(叶圣陶), etc.
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.

Many famous left-wing writers including LuXun, Qu Qiubai, Guo Moruo and Mao Dun had met here to engage in revolutionary activities in 1930's. 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 Lu is also 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.

With its archaic sights and elegant cultural atmosphere, Duolun Road has become one of the top tourist attractions in Shanghai. It is considered a must-see in the Shanghai trip.

History of Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street
Duolun Road was built by the Municipal Committee of Shanghai, which was at that time the construction administration of the Shanghai International Settlement. However the road was located outside the international settlement. Such events often happened in the semi-colonized Shanghai, which was called "constructing the roads beyond the settlement area". At that time, the road was named Darroch after a British missionary, who went to China and met with the emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty. It was in 1920s and 1930s when the road met its golden time. A lot of writers and social elites lived there, which made the area vibrant with thoughts and literature. Not until 1943, was the road changed to the name "Duolun" used today, by the government of the Republic of China (1912-1949). In the end of the 20th century, the road was turned into a pedestrian street for its cultural influence and commercial potential by the government of the People's Republic of China (1949-). Duolun Road is no doubt a historic road which witnessed the modernization of Shanghai.


Masterpieces of Buildings, Literary Remains of Former Residences

Hongde Tang Church 
Located in No.59, Duolun Road. Build in 1928 in memory of Jones Fiels (transliteration), and American missionary. It is a building of church of Christianity in the form of Chinese temple, a building of the kind hardly seen in our country. Now it is included in the?"Protected Buildings in Shanghai".

Kong Residence
Now it's No.250, Duolun Road. Formerly it was private residence of Kong Xiangxi, built in 1924. It's of brick-wood and mixture structure and of Islamic building style. In 1989, it was ranged in the line of "Excellent Modern Buildings of Shanghai City". 

Bai Residence
Now it's No.210, Duolun Road, of the same style as Tang Residence. After the Anti-Japanese War it became Bai Chongxi's private residence, and thus called "Bai Residence"

Museum of the Left-wing Authors Alien
On March 2, 1930, the Inaugural Meeting of the Left-wing Authors Alien was held in No.2, Lane 201, Duolun Road. It's sign of the flourishing development of the Left-wing Cultural Movement with Lu Xun as its standard-bearer. The meeting wrote a brilliant page in the history of Chinese revolution and in the history of modern literature. 

Tang Residence
Now it's No.35, Lane 2023, Sichuanbei Road, Built in 1920s. It is a building in French fashion and of New Classicism style with a graceful appearance and a vast manner. After the Anti-Japanese War it became Tang Enbo's residence. Besides, Chen Yi, the first appointed Head Officer of Taiwan, once livd here. 

Jinyun Lane
Now it's Lane 35, Hengbang Road. In the lane are Shikumen houses of brick-wood structure, built in 1925. In 1920s and 1930s, a lot of famous cultrual persons such as Lu Xun, Chen Wangdao, Mao Dun, Ye Shentao, Feng Xuefeng, Zhou Jianren and Roushi dwelt in the lane and were engaged in works of writing, of editing magazines and of leading and organizing revolutionary literary activities. It is called as famous historical and cultural lane.

How to go to Shanghai Duolun Road Cultural Celebrities Street
Though most listings will tell you to take a bus directly to Duolun Rd. (No. 21, 939, 231, 47, 854, 79, 18), the nicest way to go is actually by subway. If you take Metro Line 3 (yellow) and get off at Dongbaoxing Rd., it’s only a 5-10 minute walk to the entrance to Duolun Rd. at Sichuan Bei Lu and is a pleasant way to see some of the authentic residential backstreets of Shanghai. 

Use Exit 1 and go right, following Hailun Xi Lu west to Sichuan Bei Lu, where you’ll turn left. You’ll know you’ve reached Duolun Rd., again on the left, by the large historic stone gate that marks the entrance to the street.

Admission Fee: free
Opening Time: 24hours

Questions & Answers or Review
* Full Name
* E-mail
* Title of your review
* Your review

The following Shanghai Private Tours may also interest you!

Private Full-Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession

Tour Style:This Shanghai day tour is specially designed by Shanghai private tour for people who are tight on time.Flexible on the start and finish time,includs all the must-see highlights in Shanghai.

View Details
From $55 p/p
Full-Day Shanghai Private Tour: Exploring Shanghai Splendid Highlights of Past and Present

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Old French Concession, Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Lujiazui(For the panoramic view of the whole city if weather permits)

Tour Style:The past endowed Shanghai with treasure house of interesting and important cultural and historical sites while the new Shanghai leads the latest trends.Book this private 8-hour tour exploring Shanghai Splendid Highlights of Past and Present.

View Details
From $80 p/p
2 Days Shanghai Tour Package With Old and New Landmarks

Duration:2 Days,1 Night

Attractions(Cities):Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Tianzifang, Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), Nanjing Road, The Bund, Boat cruise on the Huangpu river

Tour Style:This Shanghai Classic Two Days City Tour will show you an amazing Shanghai by visiting Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden&Old Market, the Bund to learn the city's history and culture.Besides, you will also go to Nanjing Road to experience the city's prosperity, to watch the panoramic view of the whole city etc. The tour is composed of half the impression of old Shanghai during 1920s to 1940s and half the new image of flourishing metropolis Shanghai today.

View Details
From $150 p/p
Shanghai Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town with Shanghai Highlights Day Tour

Duration:7-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Zhujiajiao Ancient Water Town, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden&Bazaar

Tour Style:Zhujiajiao is a well-known ancient water town with a history of more than 1,700 years and featured with rivers criss-crossing the village and hundreds of ancient buildings stand at the banks. This is a perfect tour that get away from Shanghai and see something cool.Enjoy the beautiful views around the Huangpu rivers and pay a visit to the Yuyuan Garden at the end.

View Details
From $80 p/p
Shanghai Night City Tour with Huangpu River Night Cruise

Duration:6-8 hours

Attractions(Cities):Nanjing Road, The Bund, Night Boat Cruise on Huangpu River

Tour Style:Book this Shanghai Night City Tour with Huangpu River Night Cruise,you will have the chance to enjoy the amazing lights of Shanghai city and the amazing architecture at night.Experience an evening cruise on the Huangpu River and visit Lujiazui to marvel at Shanghai’s ever-expanding skylines.

View Details
From $45 p/p

Live Chat

Certificate of Excellence


China Private Tours-Day Tour

Your Idea of Your Trip
(> 11 years old)
(2 - 11 years old)
(< 2 years old)
Date of trip
Hotel Class
Any specific requests/interests?
Contact Information

(Your Privacy is Protected)

Full Name: *
E-mail: *
Your Age: *
Nationality: *
Contact Phone Number: *


1 to 1 tailor-made service from our professional travel advisors for the most sophisticated


Constantly excellent reviews for attraction, hotel and service Competitive price

Value Guarantee

Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants

Stress-free Guaranteed

7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured

Who choose us


We accept:

We accept


Copyright © 2017 Tripstoshanghai.com All rights reserved.