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