Song Qingling’s Former Residence

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Song Qingling’s Former Residence information

Shànghǎi , China
Address
Street 1843 Middle Huaihai Rd, 淮海中路1843号
Telephone
+86 2164747183
Getting there
metro Jiaotong University
Prices
admission ¥20
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm
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Lonely Planet review

Built in the 1920s by a Greek shipping magnate, this building became home to the 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, eyeing its period furnishings.

A few personal belongings are also on display, 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. The highlight is the gorgeous garden out back, with tall magnolias and camphor trees towering over a delightful lawn, where Song entertained her guests with conversation and tea.