Song Qingling’s Former Residence

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Song Qingling’s Former Residence information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
1843 Middle Huaihai Rd; 淮海中路1843号
Telephone
+86 21 6474 7183
Getting there
Metro: Jiaotong University
More information
www.shsoong-chingling.com
Prices
adult/child ¥20/¥10
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm
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Built in the 1920s by a Greek shipping magnate, this quiet building became home to Song Qingling, wife of Dr Sun Yatsen, from 1948 to 1963. Size up two of her black limousines (one a gift from Stalin) in the garage and pad about the house, conjuring up sensations of yesteryear from its period furnishings. The highlight is the gorgeous garden, with tall magnolias and camphor trees towering over a delightful lawn, where Song entertained guests with conversation and tea.

A few personal belongings are also on display in the house, including autographed books from American journalists Edgar Snow and Agnes Smedley, and a collection of old photographs depicting the Soong sisters and various heads of state.