Shanghai, China

Former Residences Tour in Shanghai

with David Y.

David Y.

As a renowned historical attraction of Shanghai, the Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China has received 10 million visitors from home and abroad since its opening 50 years ago. Situated at No.76 Xingye Road, next to Shanghai Xintiandi, a fashionable pedestrian area, the two-story Shikumen building was completed in 1920 as the residence of two Communist Party members.

Zhou Enlai's (1898-1976) former residence is located on Sinan Road. It is a three-storey house with a strong French architectural flavor. Zhou Enlai, the former Chinese Prime Minister in the 1960s and 70s is seen by many as one of China's greatest twentieth century leaders. A keen military strategist and an excellent diplomat, Zhou was a key figure in negotiations between the U.S and China in the 1970s.

Lu Xun was a writer, thinker and revolutionist. He had a great influence on the Chinese revolution. West of Fucheng Gate, lies a small courtyard and it was Lu Xun's home for the last two years of his fourteen years' in the city. To the east is located the Lu Xun Museum, where many of his manuscripts and relics are preserved.

At No.7 Xiangshan Road, Shanghai, stands a two-storey European-style building. It may not be that noticeable among the nearby high buildings and mansions but it has won deep reverence and admiration from visitors since it was opened to the public in 1988. It is the Former Residence of Sun Yat-sen (also named Sun Wen), the great forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution, the founder of the Republic of China and the respected contributor to Chinese modern history.

Song Qing Ling Memorial Residence in Shanghai is located at No. 1843 in Huai Hai Zhong Lu. It was built in 1920 and became Soong's house in Shanghai in 1948. Covering an area of 5,178 square yards, the house was a milk-white color, boat shaped, two stories and in a western-style. Surrounded by camphor trees, it presents an atmosphere of elegance and peace.

Pick up from your hotel about 09:00am. Transfer to CPC First National Congress, which witness the the birth of the Party, and now is a museum which tell stories about China Revolutionary. Sightseeing about 30minutes.

Then move on to Former Residence of Zhou Enlai. It was the site of the Shanghai Office of the Delegation of CPC from 1946 to 1947 and the memorial of the shanghai office of the delegation of CPC was set up on the very place after the founding of People’s Republic of China. Sightseeing about 30minutes.

And then lead to the Former Residence of Lu Xun, who is the father of China's modern literature spent the last three and a half years of his life. Walking to Luxun Museum. It contains a huge collection of cultural relics, including Lu's manuscripts and photos, things he once used, as well as other historical documents and pictures. The museum was established in Lu Xun Park 1956. Sightseeing about 1.5hours.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon,move on to the Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great forerunner of the Chinese democratic revolution, the founder of the Republic of China and the respected contributor to Chinese modern history. Sightseeing about 40minutes.

Then transfer to the former residence of Soong Ching Ling- an honorary chairwoman of the People's Republic of China and the widow of Sun Yat-sen. She lived, worked, and studied here during the last years of her life. Sightseeing 1hour.

Be transfer back to your hotel.

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