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Duolun Road 多伦路

by Robin Zhang , Jan 23, 2009 12:14 pm

Duolun Road is a significant and commemorable street in Shanghai. It was built in 1911. The shaped road's both ends were joined to the prosperous North Sichuan Road near Lu Xun Park and Hongkou Stadium. The length of it is only about half a mile. The street is both narrow and short, and is also winding and deep and quiet, edged by little buildings of various styles, row upon row. The road today is a famous pedestrian street for tourism and commerce. The history of Shanghai is showed concentratively in one aspect in Duo Lun Road and its surrounding areas, which can be, in fact, summarized as:" Shanghai, a city of hundred years, can be seen in Duo Lun, a little 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 Britain missionary, who went to China and met with the emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty (1636-1912).

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 a place yielding thoughts and literature. Among them were reputable writers like Lu Xun, Guo Moruo, Mao Dun and Ye Shengtao, as well as those members of the influential Association of Left-wing writers like Ding Ling, Sha Ting and Qu Qiubai. Also lived there certain amount of governors or politicians like Kong Xiangxi, Bai Chongxi, Tang 'Enbo and Chen Yi.

Duolun Road is also an epitome of historic architecture of the last century in shanghai. The Islamic-style house of Kong Xiangxi was elegant building along the road. The residence of Tang 'Enbo is of a neoclassic French-style which was once popular in the city. The local church Hongde Hall, also known as Fitch Memorial Church, was in a mixed-style of east and west. The former campus of the art university of China in traditional style was also the commemorable place where the association of left-wing writers was founded. In the surrounding blocks, the dense Lilong housing is the most significant and typical urban texture of old Shanghai.

» GPS Tag: 121.47692, 31.26445
» Time Tag: 1911 AD




An elegant Islamic-style building along the street
The owner of this house was K'ung Hsiang-hsi who was a wealthy Chinese banker and politician in the early 20th century. He served as Premier of the Republic of China from 1938 to 1939.
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Fitch Memorial Church, a Chinese-style building
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While walking along the street, visitors may find a small private museum that collects Nanking Clock.
Nanking Clock is kind of clock natively made earliest in China. The owner of the museum is an old gentleman and unique specialist who collects and repairs these antique clock.
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The window of a western-style building by the Duolun Road
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Hongkou is a residential area in old Shanghai. Along the street, visitors can also find the typical dense housing built in early last century.
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Duolun Museum of Modern Art, situated on the Duolun Road also, is a multi-functional and non-profit institution of culture and art.
The contemporary gallery is dedicated to facilitating the exchange of art and artistic ideas between Chinese and International sources. The accessible nature of its avant-garde exhibitions makes it ideal for beginners to Shanghai's art scene.
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