Hongkou District

 

Hongkou is one of the northern districts of Puxi located between Yangpu and former Zhabei districts. Hongkou is largely a residential district with a local population. Outside of residential buildings, Hongkou has multiple cultural sites. Catch a football match at the Hongkou Football Stadium where the Shanghai Greenland Shenhua F.C. play. In addition to hosting games for the football club, it held the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The stadium also has squash courts and a rock climbing wall.

 

Statue of Lu Xun in Lu Xun Park, Hongkou districtBehind the stadium is Lu Xun Park which is named after a Chinese writer whose tomb is in the park. The large park has a lake, the Te Li Ming Teahouse, and the Lu Xun Memorial Hall. The Memorial Hall has a collection of Lu Xun’s belongings and writings. The Te Li Ming Teahouse is a very local teahouse with a relaxed atmosphere and affordable tea prices. After tea, you can join a game of badminton or exercise on a public machine.

The Broadway Mansions with Waibaidu Bridge and the Russia Consulate of Shanghai

 

In the southern part of the district, to the north of the Waibaidu Bridge, is the Broadway Mansions. A five-star hotel, the Broadway Mansions was a symbol of Shanghai for decades. Completed in 1935, it was the tallest building in Shanghai for years, and it still offers great views of the Bund.

 

Sichuan Road is a popular shopping area in Hongkou district

Located on Sichuan Road are many of Hongkou’s dining and shopping venues. One can shop at stores such as H&M and UNIQLO, and there are a couple of malls along the road. Sichuan Road also has a variety of dining options, including American and Italian restaurants. You can take a break at Starbuck’s or grab a slice of pizza at New Bere Pizza. Situated just off North Sichuan Road is North Sichuan Road Park which has ponds, sculpture, and frequently dance classes in the evening.

 

While Hongkou lacks some of the Western amenities and the wide array of shopping and dining choices, it has convenient transportation to other districts. Hongkou is a perfect area for those who want to live like a local, yet be close to the city center.