Site of the 1st National Congress of the CCP

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Site of the 1st National Congress of the CCP information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
Xīntiāndì North Block, 76 Xingye Rd, 兴业路76号
Getting there
Metro: South Huangpi Rd, Xintiandi
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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On 23 July 1921 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was founded in this French Concession building (then 106 rue Wantz), and in one fell swoop converted this unassuming shíkùmén block into one of Chinese communism’s holiest shrines.

The dizzying Marxist spin of the museum commentary is a salutary reminder that Shànghǎi remains part of the world’s largest communist nation. The certainties of that era – whether you sympathise with Mǎlièzhǔyì (Marxist-Leninism) or not – exude a nostalgic appeal in today’s Shànghǎi, where ideology of any shade is fervently shunned. Beyond the communist narcissism, there’s little to see, although historians will enjoy ruminating on the site’s historic momentousness.

On the ground floor you can be present in the room where the whole party began, actually the house of the delegate Li Hanjun. Up the marble stairs in the ‘Exhibition of Historical Relics Showing the Founding of the Communist Party of China’ is a highly patriotic hymn to early Chinese communist history with exhibits such as the Chinese translation of Mary E Marcy’s The ABC of Das Kapital by Marx .

A passport is required for entry; last admission is at 4pm.