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Shanghai 'story shop' seeks stories about Yuyuan Road

By He Qi in Shanghai | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-08-23 18:01
A senior citizen tells his story to the shopkeeper in the "story shop" in Shanghai. [Photo by He Qi/chinadaily.com.cn]

A nine-square-meter pop-up "story shop" has opened on Yuyuan Road in Shanghai's downtown Jingan district.

The store, which was unveiled on Aug 15 and will remain open until Oct 31, aims to collect 101 stories that happened on Yuyuan Road ahead of the 101st birth anniversary of the road.

The store invites people to write down or tell a story related to the road. A total of 101 stories will be selected and compiled in a book.

According to the organizer, more than 130 shopkeepers, residents, and passers-by came to write and share their thoughts and stories on the first day. The store has already collected over 100 stories.

As one of the most famous streets in Shanghai, Yuyuan Road, which starts from Jing'an Temple and ends in Changning district's Zhongshan Park, came into being in the 1920s.

More than 50 years ago, Yuyuan Road was known as the place that many famous personalities such as scientist Qian Xuesen, writers Fu Lei and Shi Zhecun, pianist Gu Shengying and actress Lydia Shum, called home. 

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