Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence

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Zhou Enlai’s Former Residence information

Shànghǎi , China
Street 73 Sinan Rd, 思南路73号
+86 21 6473 0420
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metro South Shaanxi Rd, Xintiandi
admission free
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Lonely Planet review

In 1946 Zhou Enlai, the urbane and much-loved (although some swear he was even more sly than Mao) first premier of the People’s Republic of China, lived briefly in this former French Concession Spanish villa. Zhou was then head of the Communist Party’s Shànghǎi office and spent much of his time giving press conferences and dodging Kuomintang agents who spied on him from across the road.

There’s not much to see these days except spartan beds and stern-looking desks, but the charming neighbourhood, with its lovely old houses, is a great place to stroll.