Site of the 1st National Congress of the CCP

Historic Building in French Concession

On 23 July 1921, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was founded in this French Concession building (then 106 rue Wantz). In one fell swoop, this unassuming shíkùmén block was transformed into one of Chinese communism’s holiest shrines. Beyond the communist narcissism, there’s little to see, although historians will enjoy ruminating on the site’s historic momentousness.