If you have ever visited or lived in Shanghai, I’m sure you have been to all of the major tourist hot spots: Lujiazui Financial Centre, The Bund, Nanjing Road, Shanghai Museum, Xintiandi, Yu Garden and Tianzifang to name a few of the most popular. However, if you are looking to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city or want a more historic, cultural, or traditional visit of Shanghai, you should check out the places below:
Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen
Sun Yat-sen is considered the Father of Modern China who quit his his profession as a doctor to rebel against the imperialist government of the Qing Dynasty at the beginning of the 20th century. Under Sun Yat-sen, the Communist and Nationalist (Kuomintang) political parties gained power, splitting after his death and eventually leading to the Chinese Civil War. The museum is situated next to his place of residence on Xiangshan Lu and contains his library (Schopenhauer, Bertrand Russell, and Mendel are a couple of the books on display), military articles, clothes, correspondence letters with Lenin, and rough drafts of other letters to various people. After going through the museum, you can enter his house, although you have to be escorted by a guide.
Open 9am-4pm daily
Former Residence of Zhou Enlai
Former Residence of Lu Xun
Lu Xun paved the way for modern Chinese literature by combining the ancient Chinese literary style with European literary form. His stories were praised because they departed from traditionalist views of Chinese fiction while also commenting on the changes of Chinese identity during the early part of the 20th century. Mao Zedong recognized him as a leader of the New Culture Movement due to Lu Xun’s analytical commentary of imperialist China. Before his death at his residence in Shanghai, he helped to establish the League of Left-Wing Writers in an effort to support socialist policy and the growing power of the Communist Party of China. He died in 1936 in his bed. The house is largely unaltered and has remained as is since his death. While you are in the area, don’t forget to stop by his Memorial Tomb in Luxun Park.
The Former Residence of Mao Zedong
(see my post, An Appointment with the Chairman)
Shanghai People’s Heroes Memorial Museum
If you are ever out for a stroll on the Bund and have some extra time to spare, you should check out the Shanghai People’s Heroes Memorial Museum. Located at the north end of the Bund, the museum is free and only takes about fifteen minutes to explore. While not very engaging, the museum contains a lot of old pictures of the Bund and a cursory explanation of its history.
Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China
Interested in the first formal declaration of communist policy in China? Want to visit the place where the Communist Party of China started? On July 23, 1921, Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhou met with 11 other delegates to discuss the platform and objectives of the CPC. Among them was Mao Zedong, who was tasked with opening a communist party branch in Hunan province. The museum at the site contains revolutionary relics, a Mandarin-translated first edition of The Communist Manifesto, party documents, a wax-work exhibition, and histories of the thirteen delegates.
Qinci YangDian Taoist Temple