Luwan District



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Luwan District is located in central Shanghai. It has an area of 8.05 km≤ and population of 350,000 as of 2001. Luwan district is located directly south of People's Square. The northern part of Luwan includes one of the best sections of Huaihai Road, famous for its international fashion shops and high-class restaurants. Luwan is a part of the old French Concession area, one of the most prestigious sections of the city. It is famous for its boulevards. The plane trees lining the main streets were imported from France over 100 years ago. The district includes the historical residences of Sun Yat-sen, Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Agnes Smedley and Mei Lanfang, among others. The district is named after "Lujia Wan", literally "Lu's Bay", formerly a bend in a local river which has since been covered up. The name survives in bus stops located near the former location of the bay. Known as Lukawei during the French concession period, this was the location of the main police depot and prison of the French Concession.







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