Shanghai Xujiahui Library
Shanghai Xujiahui Library
4.5
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Monday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Tuesday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Wednesday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Thursday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Friday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
Saturday
9:07 AM - 5:02 PM
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Neighborhood: Gubei / Hongqiao / Minhang
West of Shanghai’s better-known business, cultural and entertainment centers, lies an expansive area of residential neighborhoods peppered with lifestyle pockets that have their own unique attractions. The schools have formed pockets of international communities throughout Gubei, Hongqiao and Minhang. Quite a few entertainment and shopping centers have built up over the years to cater to these communities. While living here means you are relatively far away from Shanghai’s usual hot spots, the large parks, spacious homes and proximity to great Japanese and Korean food keep the neighborhoods popular.
How to get there
  • Xujiahui • 5 min walk

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xamhayana
South Pole434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei, or Xujiahui Library, is right next door to St. Ignatius Cathedral, but not many people know that you can actually go inside this 150-year-old building, climb the stairs and find yourself in a public library where all the pre-Liberation foreign-language books and newspapers are stored. To use the library one needs a Shanghai Library membership, but the librarians are nice and lenient; they allow visitors to peek around and flip through old books lining the open shelves. The interiors are quiet, cool and clad in dark wood; the French windows block away the street noise. It's a lovely and atmospheric place to study under the brass chandeliers. There also are free weekly tours on Saturdays; the library is closed on Sundays.
Written July 28, 2011
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Evelyn T
Saint Simons Island, GA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
As a place to visit, moderately interesting. There are tours daily. Be sure to get an English speaking tour. Unfortunately, there aren't many information signs, so you may have to ask. The tours take you into the old book stacks as well as the interesting European architecture.

But better, you can read newspapers from foreign communities of the early 1900s in Shanghai. Papers are English, French, German, Russian and Yiddish -- probably many more languages. IYou do have to purchase a library card, but it is good for a year and the old newspapers can provide hours of entertainment for history buffs. The cost is nominal.

Only one or two of the librarians have much english, but if you can get the list of holdings, you can fill out a request card for what you want. Great research resource for the daily file of expats in early 1900 china.
Written July 26, 2012
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