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New routes to highlight city’s historic lanes
By Yang Jian

THE Jing’an District government will introduce new city-highlight routes next month that will take visitors around 10 traditional Shanghai longtang (lanes) in downtown, an official said yesterday.

The 10 selected lanes cover many of city’s historic landmarks including the Yuhua New Community on Fumin Road, known for its old villa style residential houses, and the Yugucun Village, a community of wooden and brick structures built in 1927.


“The government will launch the route and design a series of activities that can also help in preserving the historical residential houses,” Chen Weijia, an official with the Jing’an Temple Community, said yesterday, adding the tour details will be announced early next month.

Residents living in the lanes will entertain visitors with old Shanghai activities like playing the peg-top spinning and hoop running that were a common sight in the local alleyways in the late 1950s and 1970s.

The community has the largest Shikumen houses in downtown with many residents still persisting with their traditional lifestyle, said Chen. Seniors still gather in the evenings in summer or sit outside in daytime for chats.

Visitors will be invited to take part in the song and dance activities with residents, Chen said.

Some of the lanes will also hold exhibits of articles on old lifestyle and pictures of the community taken by residents.

Some of the lanes housed such top names as educator Cai Yuanpei, who headed Peking University.


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