Reading Buildings: Unearthing Stories behind New Democratic Revolution


Zhang Jiahe

Guest: Zhang Jiahe
Event Time: 14:30 –16:30, Sat, 22 May 2021
Check-in Time: 14:15, Sat, 22 May 2015
Meeting Place: Dalu Xincun, 132 Long, Shanyin Road
Attendance: 30

Former Site of Tiantongan Station

The Stele at the Former Site of Tiantongan Station

The Duolun Road block is not an administrative division but a shorthand for a specially designed city walk area. With Duolun Road as its central axis, the block incorporates an eclectic mix of historical sites, including Hengbin Road, Dongjiangwan Road, Huangdu Road, Shanyin Road, and a part of Sichuan Road North. During the New Democratci Revolution, the block saw intensive struggles and is therefore a key and well-informed witness to the history of Chinese nation, which includes the activities of the CPC leadership, the hidden front struggles, the cultural front struggles and, the urban armed uprisings.

Former Residence of Lu Xun at Dalu Xincun

Nowadays, there are various channels and ways to obtain information, and many people study urban history through literary works, research papers, pictures, visuals, and other multi-media methods. Many Chinese historians have proposed the concept of "new historiography," which, in addition to economic and social history, aims at restoring the status of political and narrative history, leading the study of history to anthropology, and using social and personal time as a microcosm to perceive the spirit of times.
What kind of deployment did Zhou Enlai make in his early revolutionary activities? How did Chen Yannian and Zhao Shiyan persist in their revolutionary work in Jiangsu Province under the White Terror? In what kind of environment and background did the literary giants Lu Xun, Guo Moruo, and Mao Dun put pen to their paper? What was Li Bai's secret radio station all about? And what twists and turns did the Chinese League of Left-Wing Writers go through before it finally came into being? If you are interested in any of these, come and join us to hit the road and listen to the stories!

The Soap Container Li Bai Used as a Cover for the Secret Radio Station

As this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the CPC, it gives Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum great pleasure to invite Zhang Jiahe, who is a specially invited professor at the Shanghai Youth College of Management and ambassador of “Readable Buildings in Shanghai” as our guide to take a walk around the Duolun Road block. Many of the stories witnessed by these historical buildings and sites are hidden in the city, and the urban renewal has given them new sparks of life, waiting for people to read and to feel. This city walk will be a field trip to investigate the historical sites of the city's struggle, to unearth the stories in the buildings, to retrace the history, and to find the roots.


  • Former Residence of Lu Xun at Dalu Xincun
  • Former Residence of Nakanishi Tsutomu
  • Former Site of Shanghai Regional Committee and Jiangsu Provincial Committee of the CPC
  • Former Residence of Zhao Shiyan
  • Memorial of the Inaugural Meeting of the Chinese League of Left-Wing Writers
  • Former Residence of Revolutionary Martyr Li Bai
About The Guest


Zhang Jiahe is a chief storyteller of the Hongkou Jiyi Oral History Workshop, specially invited professor at the Shanghai Youth College of Management, researcher at the Party Spirit Research Center of the Party School of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of CPC, specially invited researcher at the Party History and Party Building Research Center of Shanghai Jiangtong University, and specialist at the Red Culture Ecology Workshop of Sichuan Road North Subdistrict.