Sun Yatsen’s Former Residence

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Sun Yatsen’s Former Residence information

Shànghǎi , China
Street 7 Xiangshan Rd, 香山路7号
Getting there
metro South Shaanxi Rd, Xintiandi
admission ¥20
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China is awash with Sun Yatsen (Sun Zhongshan) memorabilia and this is one of several former dwellings nationwide. Countless Chinese cities evoke the celebrated Father of Modern China with a Zhongshan Park, Zhongshan Rd, or both. Sun lived here on rue Molière for six years from 1918 to 1924, supported by overseas Chinese funds.

After Sun’s death, his wife, Song Qingling (1893–1981), continued to live here until 1937, constantly watched by Kuomintang plain-clothes officers and the French police. The two-storey house is set back from the street and is furnished as it was back in Sun’s day, though it was looted by the Japanese during WWII. The entry price gets you a brief tour of the house in English.