Famous Person

Yan Fu

A Chinese scholar and translator

Lin Zexu

A Qing official who banned opium trading in Guangzhou around 1840

Bing Xin

Bing Xin is a famous poet, translator, and writer

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No.11 Gongxiang Alley

In the early autumn of 1866, a highest-ranking official of the Qing Government came to No.11 Gongxiang Alley. He was Zuo Zongtang. It was the 3rd time that he paid a visit there on behalf of the Fujian Shipping Administration which he was in charge of. The person who resided in the house was Shen Baozhen, one of the key officials of the late Qing Dynasty. In Zuo´s opinion, only Shen was competent enough to take over his work of running the Shipping Administration.

Yan Fu and Langguan Alley

On Sept. 3, 1921, an old man was writing a will with difficulty in his house in Langguan Alley. The old man had strongly advocated learning from the West in order to save China and translated 8 western scientific papers including Evolution and Ethics. Now he was telling his descendants that China is immortal that the old system could be reformed, but must be abolished. He publicly criticized in newspapers that opium hurt the nation, but unfortunately he himself had become an addict. Now he warned being healthy was prerequisite for being happy. He is the intellectual giant Yanfu.

Scholarly lanes and alleys

More than 100 years ago, this house located in Wenru lane was famouos far and wide. Its fame was due to a succession of Jinshi walking out of this Chen´s Residence since 16th century. During the Qing Tongzhi and Guangxu years(1862-1908), all Chen´s 6 sons passed the provincial exams. Four of them even passed the palace exams,and three became members of the Imperial Academy. The Chens became the symbol of the block known for its academic achievements.

Military officers from Wenru Lane

In the early years of the Qianlong Reign, a thin and frail-looking young man left his home at Wenru Alley for the distant capital. Little did he know that his life would become a legend, which, years later, would be staged and filmed again and again. His life interpreted by common people with unbridled imagination. He was Gan Guobao.

Lin Juemin and Yangqiao Alley

In 1900, at the entrance of Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, a father was sending his son to take the local country imperial examination. The father was in great expectation of his son. In the early 1900s, despite the rising popularity of western science and democracy, most young Chinese kids saw the examination as the first step into a successful life. Despite of his father´s expectations, the 13-year-old son answered paper with one simple sentence: I don´t want to be a high-ranking officer. 10 years later, the same man wrote one of China´s most famous love letters, A letter to My Wife. The man was named Lin Juemin.

The wealthy lanes and alleys

While the Revolution of 1911 was taking place in Guangzhou, some changes were also happening to the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in Fuzhou. Electric wires appeared in the alleys, and electric lamps lighted these courtyards. This certainly included the Liu´s house in Gongxiang Alley because the Liu family was the electric power supplier of Fuzhou. From the moment on, a new pattern of business emerged in these ancient lanes and alleys.