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Wukang Road

Wukang_Road_1.jpgIntroduction
Wukang Road, originally Route Ferguson, is a historic road in the Xuhui District of Shanghai, China, located in the western part of the former French Concession area of the city. In 2011 Wukang Road was recognized as one of the National Historic and Cultural Streets of China.

Wukang Road is only 1.17 kilometres long, but is lined with 37 officially protected historic buildings. The buildings along the Wukang Road incorporate a diverse range of architectural styles, including Mediterranean, French Renaissance, English, and Art Deco. The area is characterized by quiet streets lined with wutong trees. Well-known blogger Wang Jianshuo calls it his favourite street in Shanghai. The buzz of recent café and restaurant openings along the road have drawn both local and international foodies and lifestyle bloggers, with many happily queuing more than an hour for a scoop of ice cream.

Wukang_Road_2.jpgHistory
In 1897, John Calvin Ferguson, an American educator and president of Nanyang Public School , built the road with his own salary to make it easier for colleagues and students to get to the school. The road was thus named Route Ferguson in his honour. 

It was paved in 1907 and broadened by the government of the French Concession. It was renamed Wukang Road in 1943, after Wukang County (now part of Deqing) in nearby Zhejiang province, but its original name is still well known to locals In 1937, Tang Shaoyi, the first prime minister of the Republic of China, bought a house on Route Ferguson (now at No. 1, Lane 40, Wukang Road) and retired there. The following year, the Imperial Japanese Army invaded and occupied Shanghai (though not yet the foreign concessions), and tried to recruit Tang to head a pro-Japanese puppet government. Fearing Tang may collaborate with the Japanese, the Kuomintang assassinated him at his home on 30 September 1938.

Wukang_Road_3.jpgNotable buildings
Wukang Mansion, at the southern end of Wukang Road, on the corner with Middle Huaihai Road, is a protected historic building. It was designed by the renowned Hungarian-Slovak architect László Hudec (1893–1958) in the French Renaissance style, and was completed in 1924.It was home to numerous celebrities including famous actors and actresses Wu Yin, Wang Renmei, Qin Yi, Zhao Dan, Sun Daolin, Wang Wenjuan, Shangguan Yunzhu, and actor/director Zheng Junli.

Soong Ching-ling, the widow of President Sun Yat-sen, lived at the end of Wukang Road across Huaihai Road. Her home is now open to the public as the Soong Ching-ling Memorial Residence.

Info
Admission fee: Free
Opening time: All Day
Address: Wukang Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai

How to Get There?
Wukang Road is not far from the CBD in Shanghai. Getting from the CBD to Wukang Road takes about 30 minutes by taxi or private vehicles. You can also take subway line 10 to Communication University and then walk about 10 minutes to Wukang Road

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