Hongkou District, Shanghai

Hongkou District Facts

Chinese Name: 虹口区 (hóng kǒu qū)
Population: 744,200
Area: 23.45 square kilometers (9.1 square miles)
Location: on the northeast of Shanghai City, east China
Area Code: 021
Zip Code: 200080
GDP (2018): CNY 83.8 billion (USD 12.7 billion)

Hongkou District, under the jurisdiction of Shanghai City, is located in the northeast of Shanghai. It connects Yangpu District on the east, Zhabei District on the west, Baoshan District on the north, Pudong New Area and Huangpu District on the south. The territory of Hongkou District was originally the beach of the East China Sea. There were 50 large and small rivers in history. North Sichuan Road, 1933 Old Millfun and Lu Xun’s Former Residence are good places to visit.

Best Places to Visit & Top Things to Do in Hongkou District

Hongkou District Shanghai is rich in tourism attractions including Lu Xun’s Former Residence, Duolun Modern Art Museum, North Sichuan Road, Shanghai Peace Park, 1933 Old Millfun, Shanghai Postal Museum and so on. You may need 1-2 days for Hongkou District travelling.
 North Sichuan Road
It is a unique business street with a total length of 3.7 km (2.3mi). In the south section of the road, travelers can enjoy the scenery on the North Suzhou River shore. And the middle section is the most prosperous and lively section with many shopping malls and restaurants. The northern section is rich in cultural heritages including North Sichuan Road Park, Lu Xun Park and Duolun Road.

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 Shanghai Peace Park
It is a comprehensive park in the Chinese natural landscape garden style. It is divided into three spots including scenic area, animal viewing area and entertainment area for children. There are Baihua Hall, Waterside Pavilion and Marble Boat which reflect the characteristics of Chinese classical architecture. Travelers can have a tea-tasting while enjoying the natural scenery.
 Shanghai Postal Museum
The main building is in the ancient Roman architectural style, and the tower is in Italian Baroque style in 17 century which reflects elegance and majesty. This museum perfectly combines these two different styles together and was once listed as one of the top ten buildings in Shanghai.
 1933 Old Millfun
As an old slaughter house in the past, the whole building is in old Roman Basilica Domus style. And its basic structure of round outside but square inside also coincides with Chinese Feng Shui. Unique buildings featured the covered bridge and beamless structural design are also worth visiting. Travelers can walk on the covered bridge, take photos and have a taste of delicious food nearby.

Best Time to Visit Hongkou District

The best time to visit Hongkou District Shanghai is from March to April and from September to November with a temperature of 15-21℃ (59-69.8℉). The climate in Hongkou belongs to the subtropical monsoon climate which is characterized by a mild climate, abundant rainfalls and distinct seasons. From April to September is the rainy season.
The summer from June to August is very hot with a temperature from 25℃ (77℉) to 38℃ (100.4℉). The winter from December to February is not so cold with a temperature from 0℃ (32℉) to 10℃ (50℉).

Hongkou Weather Forecast



Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport is about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Hongkou District, and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station is about 26 kilometers (16 miles). Shanghai Pudong International Airport is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Hongkou District. Travelers can take Metro Line 2 and transfer outer circle Line 4 to Hongkou after getting off the plane.
The metro lines including 3, 4, 8, 10, 12 are in service every day and the bus lines almost extend to all directions. The taxi charges CNY 14 for the first 3 km, CNY 2.4/km for no more than 10 km, and CNY 3.6/km for subsequent distance. It costs CNY60-70 from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, CNY170-180 from Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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Best Hongkou District to Try

When coming to Hongkou District, you cannot miss the Sweet Pear Paste, Pine Nut Fish, Xinchangfa Marrons Glaces and other local snacks.
 Pear Paste Candy (Shanghai Ligao Tang)
It is a traditional specialty in Shanghai and is one of China’s Time-honored Brand Products. With a sweet taste, it takes pear and Chinese herbal medicine as the main material and has an effect on relieving cough and asthma.
 Pine Nut Fish
It is a traditional dish in Shanghai which takes fish and pine nuts as the main material. The fish meat is soft and the pine nuts are crispy.
 Xinchangfa Marrons Glaces
As China’s Time-honored Brand, Xinchangfa is with a long history and a good reputation. The chestnuts are in brownish with a rich flavor which tastes soft fluffy and sweet.

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- Last updated on Sep. 01, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Hongkou District, Shanghai
Asked by Harold Redmond from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 07, 2023 15:40Reply
Video Shops
Grateful for any info on availability of video (DVDS) shops in or around Hongkou, Hengshan Road or Jinga'n.
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Oct. 07, 2023 19:07

Sorry but I haven't found any.
Asked by Harolod Redmond from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 30, 2023 15:29Reply
Change foreign currency
Will be staying in Hongkou/Bund locality for a couple of weeks. What would be the best and easiest bank in which to change foreign (AUD) currency? Thanks for help.
Answers (2)
Answered by Emma | Aug. 30, 2023 23:00

China Merchants Bank (Bund Branch) at No.16, Zhongshandong 1st Road, Huangpu District and Bank of China (Shanghai Branch) at No.23, Zhongshandong 1st Road, Huangpu District are recommended to change money.
Answered by Harold Redmond | Sep. 01, 2023 07:11

ThaNKS Emma
Asked by Harold Redmond from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 28, 2023 23:04Reply
international credit cards and cash (RMB) in Shanghai?
Will be staying in Hongkou locality in December for a few weeks. Will international credit cards and cash be readily accepted in supermarkets, restaurants, bars etc?
Answers (2)
Answered by Lisa | Aug. 28, 2023 23:33

Cash can be accepted in all the places but international credit cards can generally only be used in some large malls, high-end restaurants, and supermarkets.
Answered by Harold Redmond | Aug. 30, 2023 15:30

Thanks Lisa
Asked by Harold Redmond from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 03, 2023 23:27Reply
Drinking Bars near Broadway Mansions Hotel, Hongkou District
Are there any recommended bars in the vicinity of Broadway mansions Hotel (not necessarily on Bund)? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan | Aug. 03, 2023 23:52

The Corner Bar at 62 Daming Road, Hongkou District is recommended.
Asked by Harold Redmond from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 25, 2023 20:34Reply
Laundries near BroadWay Mansions Hotel
Are there any laundry shops near to Broadway Mansions Hotel Hongkou District?
Answers (2)
Answered by Andy | Jul. 26, 2023 19:41

About 800 meters from your hotel, there is a Branew Laundry which is located at 40 meters southeast of Henan Middle Road auxiliary Road and South Suzhou Road intersection .
Answered by Harold | Jul. 28, 2023 04:05

Hi Andy, many thanks
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