Song Qinglings Former Residence

Song Qingling Former Residence
On January 27.1893, Song Qingling was born in Shanghaiing a pastor and businessman's family. Her father, as Dr. Sun Yat-sen's friend and comrade, is her first teacher. In her youth, she went abroad to the United States and accepted the "European-style education" there, receiving the baptism of democracy. The 1911 Revolution overthrew the autocratic rule of the Qing dynasty, so that her longing of the national independence, freedom, democracy and prosperity was strongly strengthened. The letters and newspaper clippings sent by her father gradually established the bridge in her mind with the leadership of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary cause. However, the Republic of China were killed in the cradle, the tide of the revolution has dissipated, upon the return of the Song Qingling from the US, reform and the construction of her motherland's vision couldn't be displayed. She walked straight to Japan, working with the revolutionary party members in exile there and soon served as Dr.Sun Yat-sen's assistant. Since then, she's began her 70-year revolutionary career.

Regardless of the family's strong objection, Song Qingling, finally decided to get married with Dr. Sun Yat-sen. For Sun Yat-sen's “Saving the country and people” cause, and also for her ideal of "the freedom and equality for China", she experienced difficulties and dangers, but strived always with tenacity and persistence. In her decades of revolutionary career, she helped to build unity and friendship with a lot of international friends for the revolutioanry cause with her high prestige. Bethune, Snow, Kedi Hua, Ma Haide, is all introduced by the Song Qingling, and then became eternal friends of the Chinese people. She is not only one of the founders of New China, but also one of the outstanding leaders in the process of construction of new China. Song Qingling also made painstaking efforts for the development of culture, education and welfare cause of women and children.

Song Qingling's former residence in Shanghai is her long-term residence and an important place for state activities. The main building was built in the early 1920s, and in 1948 the National Government diverted this house to her to live. In 1949, Song Qingling gladly accepted the invitation of Communist Party of China, attended the Chinese People's Political Consultative held in the north. She fully participated in the formulation of major policies of the founding of PRC, and was elected as the vice chairman of the Central People's Government. She was once here for a variety of State activities, like the regular meetings and visiting dignitaries from various countries, and played an important role in actively promoting exchanges between Chinese and foreign countries, and the maintenance of international justice. She also created a new culture, education and welfare cause for the maternal and child in China, and foreign publications were also in the brewing here. In 1981 after the death of Song Qingling in Beijing, her residence in Shanghai was opened to the outside world for people's visiting and commemorating. In 2001, it's approved by the State Council as a key national heritage conservation unit.

Shanghai Song Qingling's residence is located in the Huaihai Road, No.1843.Since 1948 it turned to be the apartments of Song Qingling. The entire compound covers an area of 4,330 square meters, surrounded by camphor trees in green all year round. The environment is quiet with elegance. The three-tier white brick building was built in the early 1920s in Western-style. The bottom is the living room, restaurants, and libraries, the office and babysitting room for Luyue'er, her babysitter, are on the second floor. Now the home furnishings remain in the original form as when she lived.

The lounge on F1: it's an exhibition passage of her favorite arts and crafts;

The living room on F1: is the main venue where Song Qingling met with the leaders of party and state, as well as the dignitary guests.

The dining room on F1: is where she accommodate dignitary guests form various counties.

The bedroom on F2: The exhibited rattan wood furniture is Song Qingling's dowry from her parents when she married, and the Bayin bell hung on the fore place was used by Dr. Sun Yat-sen,and now the time stopped eternally at his death time-8:18p.m.

The office on F2: is where she used to read documents and handle state affairs. The piano displayed is for her entertaining in spare time.

The marble statue in the courtyard is erected on the 110th birth anniversary day of Song Qingling on January 27; 2003.Statue shows her 50-year-old to 60-year-old's image, very dignified and kind.