Lao She Museum

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Lao She Museum information

Location
Běijīng , China
Address
19 Fengfu Hutong
Getting there
Subway: Dengshikou
Opening hours
9am-3.40pm, closed Mondays
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Brimful of uncomplicated charm, this courtyard house off Dengshikou Xijie was the home of Lao She (1899–1966), one of Běijīng’s best-loved 20th-century writers. The life of Lao She – author of Rickshaw Boy and Tea House, and former teacher at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – is detailed in a modest collection of halls, via newspaper cuttings, first-edition books, photographs and personal effects. The exhibition falls at the final hurdle, giving perfunctory mention to perhaps the most significant aspect of Lao She’s life: his death by drowning in Taiping Lake on 24 August 1966 after a nasty beating by vituperative Red Guards the day before. Captions are largely in Chinese.