Lu Xun Museum

Museum in Beihai Park & Xicheng North

Lu Xun (1881–1936) is regarded as the father of modern Chinese literature. Born in Shàoxīng in Zhèjiāng province and buried in Shànghǎi, he lived in Běijīng for more than a decade. As a writer, Lu Xun, who first trained in medicine, articulated a deep yearning for reform by mercilessly exposing the foibles of the Chinese character in such tales as Medicine and Diary of a Madman. The modern two-storey museum here depicts his life in great detail. Entry is free but you need to bring your passport.

The exhibits are well presented and come with English captions. Don't miss visiting Lu Xun's small former courtyard home, off to the left as you face the museum. The room round the back, overlooking the yard, was his study. Just by the entrance to his home is a small bookshop where you can buy English translations of some of his works for around ¥35.