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.
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 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.
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
Duration：6 - 8 hours
Attractions(Cities)：Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Jade Buddha Temple, Old French Concession
Tour Style：Shanghai 1 Day Tour: Incredible Shanghai Highlights is a fully guided tour for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. Make the most of your time with your knowledgeable Shanghai Private Tour guide, see all top Shanghai attractions. With complete flexibility, follow this itinerary or create your own for a unique Shanghai experience. You'll get an insight into the city's culture, history, local lifestyle and future.
Duration：6 - 8 Hours
Attractions(Cities)：Yuyuan Garden & Bazaar, Shanghai Jinmao Tower, Boat Cruise on The Huangpu River
Tour Style：If you only have one day in Shanghai, we highly recommend this one day tour in shanghai. This fully customizable tour particularly designed for first-time travelers to Shanghai touring traditional gardens, bustling shopping streets, historic buildings, and even to the top of a skyscraper with your knowledgeable guide. It will let you get an insight into its people, culture, history and the dynamic urban life.
Attractions(Cities)：Nanjing Road, The Bund, Boat Cruise on Huangpu River
Tour Style：A Huangpu River Cruise has become a must activity when travelers visit Shanghai. Book this private city tour visiting the Bund in the night which represents the blending of ancient and modern influences, taking the Huangpu River Cruise to enjoy the stunning light view and the amazing architecture of the city. It's the best way to admire Shanghai's classic skyline view.
Duration：4 - 5 hours
Attractions(Cities)：Pick two or three attractions as you are interested
Tour Style：Want to see the top sights in Shanghai with a professional private tour guide? Then go on this half day Shanghai city tour that puts the power in your hands to decide what attractions you visit. Avoid lengthy itineraries of places that don't interest you. You can customized the tour entirely on your preferences and discuss with your guide for advice. Flexible on the start and finish time.
Attractions(Cities)：Lingering Garden, Panmen Gate, Hanshan Temple, Pingjiang Historic Street, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory
Tour Style：Book this Shanghai to Suzhou Day Trip riding on a bullet less than 30 minutes, accompanied by your private guide, visit the winding canals, historical buildings, ancient street, classic Chinese gardens and much more on this private customized day tour to Suzhou. We will book the entrance tickets in advance to escape the crowds, let you jump the queue to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable.
Certificate of Excellence
China Private Tours-Day Tour
(Your Privacy is Protected)
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
Local experts provide quality tours Best selected knowledgeable local guides Authentic local restaurants
7*24 hours available to create you a worry-free tour. No Hidden Fees and absolutely no pressure to buy. Secured