Shanghai was Rewi Alley‘s home when he first arrived in China (from New Zealand) in 1927.
Rewi Alley monuments in the Shanghai area:
- Hongkou Fire Station where Rewi Alley worked (and lived) as a volunteer fireman
- Rewi’s apartment from 1932-1937
- ‘Historic Figures Walk’ exhibition
- Revolutionary Relics Exhibit
- Bust of Rewi Alley in Qingpu cemetery, 40km to the west of the city centre
Shanghai is well served by metro/underground trains, inter-city trains, buses, as well as taxis. These are easy to navigate even with no knowledge of Chinese.
Qingpu, a city itself in the west of Shanghai, is more challenging to locate – there are no trains servicing the area, so buses are used.
Shanghai has many types of accommodation to suit all budget levels.
When to visit:
As in all of China, it is preferable to avoid the peak holiday periods of Golden Week (1-7th October), Spring Festival/Chinese New Year (10days in January or February. Being related to the lunar calendar, the exact date changes each year), and school holidays of July/August. If you are travelling at these times, you’ll need to book transport in advance, and possibly be flexible with your dates to get to the places you want.
Weather: Current weather can be viewed on http://www.accuweather.com/en/cn/shanghai/106577/weather-forecast/106577
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This article is based on a report by Jane Furkert of her work: ‘An Independent Travellers’ Guide to Rewi Alley Locations in China, 2016’, that was funded by the Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange (RAFE) Fund.