Shanghai, M50 and StreetArt

Walking Pudong

Pudong is across from the Bund in Shanghai, home to the skyscrapers and most likely you will spend a lot of time either looking from the Bund side of the Huangpu River at the beautiful array of modern buildings and looking behind you at the historic range of buildings.

Pudong is home to the Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, the Shanghai Stock exchange, the beautiful and iconic ‘Oriental Pearl Tower’, the awesome Jin Mao Tower (that offers a beautiful bar at the top, named Cloud 9 on the 87th), the Shanghai World Financial Tower and many more.

View from Cloud9

Pudong can easily be explored by foot and there is a high risk of a ton of shopping!

 

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This unique street in Shanghai is a chest of history, it attracted the intellects of Shanghai back in the 1920s and 30s with numerous Chinese writers moving in, many key left-wing writers such as Ding Ling, Qu Qiubai, Guo Moruo, Mao Dun, Lu Xun and Ye Shengtao.

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Today, the neighborhood attracts tourists and locals, shops and bars attracting people. The history hasn’t been concealed and you will be able to see the past, street signs and statues will point them out to you.

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Take a look at this website for a guided tour of the area – before you go!

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Some information on one of the major writers whose history is associated to the area:

Lu Xun (1881-1936)

Lu Xun was a man obsessed with curing his country. In his early years, he took the mission literally and decided to become a doctor. Believing traditional Chinese medicine to be a scam and a superstition that had hastened the death of his ill father, Lu Xun began the then rare process of obtaining a Western education, which put him in contact with Western science, literature and philosophy. This eventually lead him to study in Japan, where he would have finished his studies if it weren’t for an epiphany he experienced when looking at slides his teacher brought showing attrocities from the Russo-Japanese War. The pictures showed Japanese soldiers seconds away from shooting a supposed Chinese spy, but what horrified him was that the crowd of Chinese that surrounded the spectacle looked on with complete indifference, or even passive interest, in their own countryman’s death. Lu Xun would later write that this picture convinced him that Chinese society suffered most pressingly from a spiritual sickness that he would try his best to document and cure by returning to China to become a writer.

His first work of lasting fame was a short story “A Madman’s Diary,” published in 1918, some years after the establishment of the Republic of China. The story is an allegory of the viciousness of Chinese society, wherein a man slowly realizes the people in his village and even his family are cannibals. He followed this with perhaps his best known work The True Story of Ah Q, a novella that satirized the many faults Lu Xun saw in his country’s character. In 1927, he moved to Shanghai, where he would live for the rest of his life, and continued to write essays and short stories. He also founded, with encouragement from the Communist Party, the League of Left-Wing Writers, but he would later renounce his membership when he felt the group had become enthralled in leftist doctrine, which valued art only insofar as it promoted leftist politics (you won’t find this piece of information anywhere on Duolun Street, where the League was located). In truth, Lu Xun was disappointed with both sides of the Chinese political spectrum. He believed the Nationalist government to be a failure. He eventually grew to believe China’s problems were beyond the help of politics and probably had something more to do with ineradicable defects of human nature – like Dickens’ diagnosis of his own country.

Lu Xun died with a rather dim view of his own efforts to correct these defects, but Mao Zedong was one person who disagreed. He believed Lu Xun to be the greatest writer of modern China, and his writings have been a part of the curriculum for Chinese students ever since, under the perspective that Lu Xun’s works were a critique of feudal society before the communists changed everything “for the better.” He remains by far the most famous writer of modern China, and many of his most famous books are available in English translation.

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Shanghai Tourist Office

Every expat-Brit’s HEAVEN

The awesome Cafe/Restaurant/Shop that goes by the name of ‘glo London‘ is every British expat’s dream store, their store is stocked to the brim with the very best of British chocolates, treats and more.

Their menu serves up the hit British dishes that taste just like home!

So, if you find yourself in Shanghai and looking for a touch of ‘home,HOME’ then you know where to head!

 

Unfortunately we have to inform you all that glo London’s Wulumuqi Road outlet will now be closed for good.We signed the termination of the lease last week and the army have now reclaimed the premises. We are continuing to support and develop our franchisees and looking for a new premises. The Coffee Academics, which is a sister company, are looking for a new site imminently. We also have our central kitchen operation which we are expanding. If you want information about any of our other venues, in Shanghai, Ningbo, Nanjing or Zhengzhou, don’t hesitate to drop us a message. Thanks.

非常遗憾的通知您,我们glo London乌鲁木齐南路店将停止营业。我们已经和部队签署了解除租赁合同,且部队已经回收房屋。我们将继续支持和发展我们的加盟商并寻求一个新的店铺和机会。我们的姐妹公司,学研咖啡也正寻找一个新的店铺中。我们也正努力发展和扩大中央厨房。如果你想更多的了解我们上海、宁波、南京或郑州的信息,可以随时给我们留言。谢谢

Shanghai Studio, Shanghai

Swing by Jiatong University station and walk for a few minutes and you will find a great Gay club/bar called Shanghai Studio (Huaihai Middle Rd, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000) just behind the China Life Insurance Building.

Whilst in the area, I would suggest trying ‘Eddys‘.

There are a few other gay joints in the area, plus a very stylish Starbucks.

Shanghai’s CHINA Art Gallery

Shanghai Sky View

The beautiful view of the Shanghai Skyline from the Grand Hyatt