Martyrs Memorial

sights / Parks & gardens

Martyrs Memorial information

Shànghǎi , China
Street Longhua Rd, 龙华路
Getting there
metro Longcao Rd
bus 44 from Xújiāhuì
admission ¥1, memorial hall ¥5
Opening hours
6am-5pm, museum 9am-4pm
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Lonely Planet review

Next to Lónghuá Temple, this park marks the site of an old Kuomintang prison, where 800 communists, intellectuals and political agitators were executed between 1928 and 1937. You can take a modern underground tunnel to the original jailhouses and the small execution ground. Scattered throughout the manicured lawns are epic sculptures of workers and soldiers, depicted in true socialist realism style. During WWII this area was a Japanese internment camp and airfield, as depicted in the JG Ballard novel and Spielberg film Empire of the Sun.