Saturday, November 26, 2011

Duolun Road (11/26/2011)

Saturday, November 26, 2011
Today was a bit different - we had company on our exploration. Better than that, we had a "local" guide! But first a stop at the ATM with Kent and his work colleagues Jim and Ray:
Liyang Road was the one with the tree light decorations like those on Huaihai Road:
Liyang Road was in the American Concession (established in 1848) that later became part of the International Concession (1863). The homes here are "American-style:"
The houses are now subdivided:
Do you think those posts once held clothes lines? But you'd have to walk downstairs and go outside to hang your clothes!
This next picture is meant to be a look at two grandfathers watching the baby:
While grandma hangs out the wash:
These houses were built in 1914:
Lilong/neighborhood lanes are common in this area:
An apartment house on Changchun Road:
You ask, don't they have electric or gas clothes dryers? Sometimes they do, but you save money and the environment by hanging clothes to air dry, and the Chinese supposedly believe the clothes should be kissed by the sun (so that they will be naturally fresh).
A block called Saxon Apartments:
Someone must be moving:
Lu Xun, a Chinese writer, visited his Japanese friend Uchiyama in this building:
The Japanese began moving into the area in the 1930s, making it the Japanese Concession. The area was less policed and thus a hotbed of leftist activity.
The South Gate to Duolun Road:
The Duolun Museum of Modern Art entrance:
Duolun Road is a "Shanghai Culture Street," which opened in 1998 as a pedestrian street. The road was built in 1911 and was originally named Darroch Road, after a British missionary.
Tamiko engages in revolutionary thinking with Lu Xun (1881-1936) and others:
Except for this first sculpture group, the labels for the other sculptures have disappeared.
Do not steal this chair!
Hongde Tang/Great Virtue Christian Church:
Built in 1928 with Western and Chinese features.
Kent greets Uchiyama, friend of Lu Xun, and owner of a bookstore:
Interesting architecture:
Is this Kong Xiangxi?
This lady seems confortable with this writer (Rou Shi?):
Xi Shi Zhonglou/Bell Tower:
Darroch's bust in the tower:
I can identify this writer - Ding Ling (1904-1986):
Old Film Cafe:
Located in the Winifer Villa, with a Sculpture of Charlie Chaplin:
Old Film Cafe's mosaic tile floor:
Old Film Cafe interior:
Old movie projector:
Coffee and tea break at the Old Film Cafe:
Pu'er tea in a glass pot:
Pu'er is a large leaf variety of tea from Yunnan.
Flowers in the tea:
An antique bookstore:
An antique store:
Can anyone identify this piece of furniture?
Perhaps French and from the 1930s.
An ESSO Mei Foo kerosene lamp:
Made in the USA, these lamps were given or sold cheaply to Chinese peasants to encourage them to use kerosene instead of vegetable oil for illumination.
Former residence of Bai Chongxi (general of the Republic of China):
Site of the 4th National Congress of the CPC:
Held January 11-22, 1925.
The Five Martyrs:
Rou Shi is in front, the others are Hu Yepin, Feng Keng, Li Weisen and Yin Fu.
Koala Garden House and Eucalyptus Cafe:
A youth hostel and cafe in a former private club.
Former residence of Kong Xiangxi:
Built in 1924 in Islamic style. Kong (also known as H. H. Kung) was once the richest man in China who built the Bank of China building on The Bund.
The North Gate to Duolun Road:
A newsboy delivers a paper to a leftist writer:
Although we were done with Duolun Road, we still had more to see.
Site of the former Japanese Marine barracks:
Former Lamorse Residence:
Lu Xun once lived here.
Site of the former Uchiyama Bookstore:
Sugar cane juice press:
On a lane off of Dongbaoxing Road, there were a couple more sights.
Former Japanese "comfort house:"
Big long gourd:
Ginger root:
Chinese Martial Arts or Kung Fu Museum:
Martial Arts School popularized by Bruce Lee in the movie "Fists of Fury:"
A bust of Bruce Lee's instructor:
Chicken head:
Squirrel-shaped fish:
North Sichuan Road Park:
A permanent arch for the Shanghai Wine & Spirits Festival:
Sidewalk butcher:
A rare clock shop:
CITIC building:
North Jiangxi Road (a shopping street):
From here we went to the Qipu (pronounced "cheapoo!") market to buy sunglasses. After that we went our separate ways.
Thanks, Ray, for being such a great guide!

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