Mao Dun's Former Residence

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Mao Dun's Former Residence information

Běijīng , China
Street 13 Houyuan Ensi Hutong
Getting there
subway Beixinqiao
adult ¥5
Opening hours
9am-4pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

This small and unassuming museum off Jiaodaokou Nandajie is deep in the heart of the historic hútòng quadrant southeast of the Drum and Bell Towers. Mao Dun was the pen name of Shen Yanbing (1896–1981), who was born into an elite family in Zhèjiāng province but educated in Běijīng. In 1920 he helped found the Literary Study Society, an association promoting literary realism. Mao Dun joined the League of Left Wing Writers in 1930, becoming solidly entrenched in the bureaucracy after the communists came to power. He lay low during the Cultural Revolution, but briefly returned to writing in the 1970s. The museum is typically parsimonious and low-key.