Hongkou and Putuo

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Although often neglected in favor of more glamorous neighborhoods, the northern Shanghai districts of Putuo and Hongkou offer interesting sites and shouldn’t be ignored.

Hongkou District is relatively undeveloped and unchanged, and buildings from the past are visible behind cheap clothing stores. Shanghai’s old Jewish Quarter is here, too. An area with an interesting history, Hongkou has the most sights worth seeing, as well as the lush green sweep of Lu Xun Park.

In Putuo, the old buildings and warehouses around Suzhou Creek, which feeds into the Huangpu, are slowly being turned into a hip and happening artsy area, particularly the M50 development. Also in Putuo District is another one of Shanghai's main temples, the Jade Buddha Temple, which is an easy walk from Jing’an, the district just to the south.

POINTS OF INTEREST

M50

This cluster of art galleries and artist studios, inside a sprawling former textile mill, sits beside Suzhou Creek. The galleries…

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Duolun Lu

Although this road has been heavily restored, its architecture and general ambience takes you back in time to the 1930s,…

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Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art

Covering more than 14,400 square feet, Shanghai's first state-owned modern art gallery wraps around a metal spiral staircase that's a…

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