Lu Xun Former Residence entrance.

Lu Xun Former Residence

Hongkou & North Shanghai

Writer Lu Xun's final residence was this three-floor domicile on lovely Shanyin Rd, where an excellent English-speaking guide can fill you in on his life's achievements until October 1936 when he died. The guide will also wax lyrical about all the period bits and bobs, including the author's tea cosy and the clock that stopped at his time of death. Entry is timed every 20 minutes from 9am.

Don’t overlook wandering along Shanyin Rd and peeking into its lovely alleyways and traditional lòngtáng houses (for example at Nos 41 to 50, Lane 180, Shanyin Rd; 山阴路180弄41-50号). Around the corner at 2050 North Sichuan Rd (四川北路2050号) is the site of the Uchiyama Bookstore, where Lu Xun used to stock up on literature. It's now a branch of the ICBC bank, but there is a plaque.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Hongkou & North Shanghai attractions

1. Kong Residence


The Moorish-looking Kong Residence, built in 1924, is a former Kuomintang (the Nationalist political party) house on Duolun Road Cultural Street.

2. Lu Xun Park

0.22 MILES

Particularly photogenic in spring and summer when the trees are in blossom, Lu Xun Park is one of the city’s most pleasant green spaces. It was originally…

3. Duolun Road Cultural Street

0.26 MILES

This pleasantly restored but sleepy street of fine old houses, just off North Sichuan Rd, was once home to several of China’s most famous writers (as well…

4. Lu Xun Museum

0.27 MILES

An excellent museum, this modern hall charts the life and creative output of author Lu Xun with photographs, first editions, videos and waxworks. Detailed…

6. Hongde Temple


Also known as Fitch Memorial Church, this 1928 brick temple is an interesting structure for architecture fans. It was built in a Chinese style with…

7. Xishi Bell Tower

0.33 MILES

This bell tower at the bend of Duolun Rd is a main feature of the street, right next to the Old Film Café.

8. 1933

0.87 MILES

This vast concrete former abattoir is one of Shanghai's unique buildings, today converted to house a number of boutiques, galleries and restaurants …