Other his­tor­i­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Shanghai

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

Long­men­cun, or Dragon Gate Vil­lage, was a rather well-known neigh­bor­hood in Shanghai last cen­tury. Lo­cated along Shang­wen Road, it has 4-me­ter-wide al­leys and fea­tures 76 houses of var­i­ous styles. When the area was des­ig­nated for res­i­den­tial use in 1932, the af­flu­ent poured in to pur­chase the land, invit­ing a slew of ar­chi­tects to de­sign and build their gar­den vil­las. All of the houses here come with fire­places, which were seen as a sta­tus sym­bol back in the olden days.

Lane 133, Shang­wen Road, Huangpu dis­trict, Shanghai

The res­i­den­tial com­plex near Jing’an Tem­ple in down­town Shanghai was com­pleted in the 1930s and was first used as the staff dor­mi­tory of the Ningpo Com­mer­cial and Sav­ings Bank Ltd. The neigh­bor­hood has al­leys that are 5 to 6 me­ters wide and are of­ten used by ve­hi­cles.

All the houses have welle­quipped kitchens, re­strooms and a bal­cony on the third floor. Half of these homes even come with garages. Xu Zhimo, one of China’s best-loved poets, as well as so­cialite Lu Xiao­man, once lived in one of the houses af­ter they tied the knot. Hu Die, China’s fa­mous movie queen in the 1930s also lived here.

Lane 913, Mid­dle Yan’an Road, Jing’an dis­trict, Shanghai

This al­ley is home to one of the city’s best-pre­served build­ings. These three-story homes all come with oval bal­conies that have been dubbed “rose bal­conies” be­cause of how they re­sem­ble the shape of the flower. The al­ley has ap­peared in a num­ber of shows about old Shanghai and res­i­dents have been ac­cus­tomed to hav­ing film crew show up around their houses with trucks of equip­ments.

Lane 96, Shaox­ing road, Huangpu dis­trict, Shanghai

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

An elderly res­i­dent en­joys some quiet time in Sim­ing­cun, lo­cated near the bustling Jing'an Tem­ple.

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