We have one more day off for the National Holiday, so we will complete the last walk of the Shanghai Story Walks book by Yvette Ho Madany. Story Walk V ("Spheres of Influence"), takes place in the former French Concession.
Starting at the Shaanxi Nan Lu Metro station, Exit 1:
At No. 27 (not in the book) is the former residence of Zhu Kezhen (1890-1974):
No. 33 is the former residence of Hu Die (1908-1989):
Turn right and right again to start down the next row. Not mentioned in the book is No. 76:
No. 64, the former residence of Xu Guangping (1889-1968):
No. 59, former residence of Ba Jin (1904-2005):
No. 52, former residence of Zhang Xianglin (1891-1976):
Now at the end of the row, turn left and left again. No. 99, former residence of Xu Beihong (1895-1953):
This lane will lead you out onto Maoming Road. Just across the street at the corner with Nanchang Road:
The sycamore trees provide a shady canopy:
(Backwards writing at the Ying Yang bar at No. 125):
Lane 212 Nanchang Road:
And a busy lane, too, with a steamed bun vendor:
No. 7 Lane 178, the former residence of Guo Moruo (1892-1978):
Not in the book, No. 53, former residence of Lin Fengmian, a painter featured at the China Art Museum:
çais, a public school. Since 1958 it has been the Shanghai Science Hall/Shanghai Association of Science and Technology. Unfortunately we are looking at the rear of the building. If you can get past the guards, you should try to see the façade, and perhaps even a stained glass window.
Not in the book, but next door at No. 57 is the Shanghai Exhibition of Science and Technology:
On a personal front, Zhang was already married when he met Miss Zhao No. 4, who was 16 years old. She was supposedly his secretary, but they lived together for decades and had a son. In 1956 Zhang converted to Christianity, so he divorced his wife and married Zhao in 1964. They lived their last years in Hawaii.
At the end of Gaolan Road you enter Fuxing Park, established as the French Park in 1909. The book tells of the statue of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the fathers of Communism:
Continuing on Gaolan Road to No. 11, a striking villa (not in the book):
No. 31, the Shanghai No. 4 School for the Deaf:
(Continued in Shanghai Story Walk V Part 2.)