Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai, Shanghai

The Luwan district is located in the core of the huge metropolitan city of Shanghai. It boasts a rich cultural life, featuring museums and historic centers. Be sure to follow this guide if you want to visit the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party, Sun Yat Sen's former residence and many other interesting places.
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Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai Map

Guide Name: Luwan District Walking Tour, Shanghai
Guide Location: China » Shanghai (See other walking tours in Shanghai)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: emma
Fazangjiang Temple

1) Fazangjiang Temple

The Fazangjiang Temple is one of the four important Buddhist temples in Shanghai. The others being the Jade Buddha, the Longhua and the Jing An Temples. It is a major city attraction because of its unique architecture.

The Fazagjiang Temple, located in the Old Town was built in 1924 by the Tiantai Ancestor called the Xingci Master. It occupies an area of 0.4 hectares. It took five years to build and is unique because unlike other temples it has a tower. The entrance door is located in the west unlike other Buddhist temples where worshippers enter from the South. Some parts of the structure have architecture with a unique art deco resemblance.

The Fazangjiang Temple recently underwent extensive restoration. New doors were installed in the main hall. A large modern statue of the Sakyamuni is now found in the hall sitting on top of a lily. There are two gilded walls with images of Arhats. Other walls have golden sculptures of the Buddhist trinity. There is a small shrine dedicated to the God of the Underworld in Buddhism, Dizang Wang.

The modern Fazangjiang Temple is an active place of worship thronging with worshippers, visitors and black robed chanting monks.

Please note that there are two doors at number 271. The one on the left leads into a restaurant, but has a back door to the temple, while the one on the right leads directly into the temple complex.
Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

2) Site of First National Congress of Communist Party of China

This small museum housed in a traditional Shanghainese Shikumen House is the birthplace of the Communist Party of China. It is the place where the first congress met in 1921 and chartered the course of what later became the People’s Republic of China.

The Building made of blue stone with arched gates is located in 76, Xingye Road that was part of the former French Concession. It became a memorial in 1952 and the museum was opened for public viewing in 1999. Exhibits at the museum are about the history of China, the history of Shanghai and the birth and evolution of the Communist Party of China.

The new memorial opened in 1999 is 12 meters high. It has two floors in front and three floors at the back. The ground floor has a well equipped lecture hall. The second floor contains the museum that covers a space of 450 square meters with photographs, objects and documents that showcase the rise of the Communist Party and its contribution to the nation. The memorial also has a wax statue hall with as realistic depiction of the 15 participants at the congress including a statue of Comrade Mao Zedong and two members of the international Communist Party.
Shikumen Open House Museum

3) Shikumen Open House Museum

The Shikumen Open House Museum is a small museum that is dedicated to life in Shanghai when it was known as the Paris of the East. It shows life of middle class Shanghai residents in Shanghai before the communist era.

The Shikumen Open House Museum is located in the Xintiandi neighbourhood of Shanghai. Although the city has become ultra modern, the neighbourhood has remained as it was in the 1900s with blue stone clad houses divided by narrow lanes. This style of house was the typical residence of middle class households in the 20s and 30s unique to the city of Shanghai. At the time there were nearly 9000 Shikumen houses and most of the elderly Shanghai residents were born in them.

The Shikumen Museum has seven well appointed rooms each featuring exhibits showcasing a typical household. There is a main room, a son’s room, family room, daughter’s room, sitting room, study, room for the elderly members of the family and a kitchen. There is also a Tingzijian room that was used as a store room or servants quarters. Later these were let to boarders and many famous Chinese writers have lived in them.

The information boards and audiovisual effects help visitors enjoy the hospitality of a Shikumen house while visiting the museum.

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10: 30 am- 10:30 pm.

4) Xintiandi (must see)

Xintiandi is a popular pedestrian district in Shanghai. East meets west at the location and traditional Shikumen houses and modern western style buildings exist side by side.

There are two parts to Xintiandi. The Southern block has modern buildings with a few preserved Shikumen houses. The Northern block consists solely of preserved Shikumen houses and narrow streets giving the ambiance of Shanghai in the early 20th century. The south block has 25,000 square meters of shopping and entertainment in a modern setting. The large shopping mall was opened in 2002. The preserved exteriors of the Shikumen houses in the north block hide their transformed interiors. They now house high-end boutiques and cafes serving cuisine from all over the world. The two blocks are divided by Xingye Lu, the road on which the memorial of the first congress of the communist party of China is located.

Xintiandi means New Heaven and Earth. It's a very lively zone with many trendy restaurants and bars with live music and seating that spills out into the plaza. There's a small lake behind the neighborhood ringed with trees and very exclusive residential towers. Lots and lots of westerners here enjoying the nightlife.

Why You Should Visit:
Elegant, beautiful and of great ambiance; one of the best places for a chilled out meal any time of day – European style.

Eat first and burn off the calories with a long walk around the area to explore the bars, designer boutiques, art galleries, specialty stores, etc.
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

5) St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

The St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was the chief place of worship for the Russian Diaspora who fled to Shanghai from Vladivostok and flourished here between the two World Wars. Today, there is a revival of worship and services are held in the loft.

The Russian population in Shanghai consisted of refugees who fled their homeland after the Bolshevik Revolution. They established a small community called little Russia in the city. The St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was built by the exiles at the former French Concession known as Rue Corneille. The location was later renamed as Gaolan Lu. The structure had the traditional onion shaped domes of orthodox churches of Russia. General Glebov, a prominent Russian exile, led the initiative to build a church for the Russian refugees. It was consecrated in 1937 in honor of St. Nicholas and the deposed Tsar Nicholas II.

The church was closed for worship when Europeans fled Shanghai after the Chinese Civil War. It was ransacked and damaged during the Cultural Revolution. The building was converted into a washing machine factory and later, a laundry. In 1994, the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church was declared a city level cultural relic. The upper floor was leased by the government to a French restaurant called Ashanti and the lower floor houses a Spanish restaurant. During the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the loft of the church was re-consecrated. From May 2010, weekly divine services have been held for visiting Russian Orthodox worshipers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sun Yat-Sen's Former Residence

6) Sun Yat-Sen's Former Residence

The former residence of Dr. Sun Yat Set is a European style building located in Xinagshan Road, Shanghai. It was here that the author of modern China and his wife Soon Ching Ling lived between 1918 and 1925.

The former residence of Dr. Sun Yat Sen in Shanghai is often called the birthplace of modern China. It is in this house that the great revolutionary thinker wrote many of his well known books including the Doctrines of Sun Wen and the Plans for China’s Development. The house continued to be the residence of Madame Sun Yat Sen after his death in 1925. In 1961, she gave the house to the government to be preserved as a memorial to Dr. Sen. It was opened for public viewing in 1988.

Visitors to the house are greeting by a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat Sen. The interiors are preserved and the original furniture and furnishings used by the couple are on display. All the books and personal effects like the spectacles used by Dr. Sen can also be viewed and the memorial has many pictures and photographs showing his life and times. On his birth and death anniversaries, flower tributes are offered by the Municipal Government, his family members, local people and visitors in honor of his valuable contribution to Chinese history.

Operation hours: 9 am - 5 pm.
Zhou Enlai's Former Residence

7) Zhou Enlai's Former Residence

Premier Zhou En Lai stayed at this Spanish Villa located in the former French Concession during his visits to Shanghai. It was also the office of the Communist Party of China.

The former residence of Zhou En Lai is located in a beautiful neighbourhood with many quaint European homes. The ivy covered villa has three floors and a small courtyard garden. It once belonged to a wealthy French merchant and covers an area of 850 square meters. Today, Zhou’s statue can be found in the garden. The former residence of Zhou En Lai was used more as an office than a residence during his lifetime. He gave press conferences here and met foreign dignitaries before and after the communist takeover.

The house is now preserved as a museum. The Buick that Zhou En Lai drove is still parked in the garage and the office rooms of the Communist Party are preserved like they were during his lifetime. His neat bedroom with threadbare blankets and Spartan furniture is on display and a dorm that was used by other communist officials when they came to stay is preserved. Visitors can also see photographs and documents about the life and achievements of Zhou En Lai.

Operation hours: 9 am - 4 pm.
Liuligongfang Museum

8) Liuligongfang Museum

The Liuligongfang Museum is a repository of glass Chinese art and artefacts. The creations of the artists are highly prized in middle class Chinese households.

The Liuligongfang museum at Xintiandi in Shanghai displays an array of Chinese glass ornaments. It also features the collection of its founder, Loretta Hui –Shan Yang. The founder is a well known Taiwanese actress who has won the Golden Horse Award for best actress at the Taipei Film Festival twice and the best actress award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival. She has dedicated herself to the revival of traditional Chinese glass sculpture. She revived the art of cire-perdue glass casting and has adapted the technique to suit Chinese artistic designs.

The air conditioned museum has numerous objects made in iridescent coloured glass. The building is partly constructed with glass bricks. 12,000, thirty meter glass blocks make up two of the walls of the museum. Traditional Chinese glassware and glass ornaments from Europe are exhibited. Some of the pieces date back to 476 BC. The museum has a gift shop across the road. The shop stocks iridescent glass ornaments and has many regular well to do Chinese and international collectors as customers.

Operation hours: Daily 10 am - 10 pm.

Walking Tours in Shanghai, China

Create Your Own Walk in Shanghai

Create Your Own Walk in Shanghai

Creating your own self-guided walk in Shanghai is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Children's Entertainment Tour in Shanghai

Children's Entertainment Tour in Shanghai

Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, a destination packed with modern architecture, historic sites, museums and other attractions. It is also one of the most fun cities in China with attractions for children, including amusement parks, aquariums and one of China's best zoos. This tour guide highlights some of the fun places in Shanghai for the little travelers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Shanghai Museums Tour

Shanghai Museums Tour

With its architectural diversity, powerful economic hubs and a vibrant social life, Shanghai is highly recognized as the symbol of modern China. It is also a city boasting a rich culture and a large number of museums that show the city's devotion to its history. Get ready to explore some attractive cultural sites of Shanghai in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 5 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 14.5 km
City Orientation Walking Tour I

City Orientation Walking Tour I

Unlike other ancient Chinese cities, Shanghai is more to be called the “face of modern China”. Since it was opened as a port for foreign trade, this city managed to turn into the largest and most populated metropolis in the People's Republic of China. It is a famous touristic destination for renowned historical monuments as The Bund or Longhua Temple as well as for Asia's most famous shopping area- Nanjing Lu. Here is a list of other popular attractions that you might want to check out.

Tour Duration: 7 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 17.8 km
The Bund Sightseeing Tour

The Bund Sightseeing Tour

The Bund is one of the most famous attractions in all of Shanghai. It represents the historic and architectural heritage of one of the most important ports in China. This row of 52 beautiful buildings has for decades facilitated economic relations between China and other countries. Take the following tour to get familiar with the historic buildings of the Bund of Shanghai.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

If you're a collector or someone who simply appreciates a vintage item or two around the house, don't miss out on what Shanghai has to offer. It would be a pity to leave Shanghai without having explored its antiques shops and bringing home something truly authentic. We've compiled a list of shops that specialize in antiques in Shanghai, all within walking distance of the city center.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Places of Worship in Shanghai

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The flourishing city of Shanghai is made up of a broad mix of cultures, with a large Western influence. This metropolis features a great number of places of worship that reflect the religious dedications of many of these cultures. Most of the churches and cathedrals are located in the central areas of the city, so they are surrounded by other wonderful, cultural landmarks. With this tour, you will enjoy an architectural and spiritual experience in one of the world's largest cities.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.7 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Shanghai, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

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