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Former residences tour of of celebrities in Shanghai

07-06-2010 11:20 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

Some of China's most famous 20th-century identities lived in Shanghai and many of their former residences still stand, Xu Junqian reports.

Because of its relatively young age (around 200 years), Shanghai does not have the ancient historical sites similar to those found in Beijing or Xi'an. But, in its favor, the city attracted some of the most influential and important people in both politics and culture in a critical phase of Chinese history. Some of the Shanghai residences of these notable figures have been preserved and some are open to the public. They offer a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who helped shape modern China.

1. Mao Zedong's house

Shikumen, or "stone gate", is an ancient form of residence found in Shanghai. 
Shikumen, or "stone gate", is an ancient form of residence
found in Shanghai.

This traditional two-floor Shikumen (stone gate) house was Mao's residence when he was working in Shanghai in 1924 as party secretary. In one of the rooms on the first floor, where Mao and his first wife Yang Kaihui lived, there are wax replicas of the couple, with Mao writing by the desk and Yang taking care of the babies. Other rooms feature Mao's and his family's furniture and other household items.

Address: 5-9, Lane 120, Maoming Road N

Shikumen tradition preserved

In a tranquil corner of the former French Concession area of Shanghai is the largest existing cluster of historic Shikumen style houses. Since 2008, they have been undergoing a major restoration. Full story >>


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