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Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence

Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former ResidenceIn January 1920, Dr. Sun Yat-sen (1866 - 1925) moved into the house situated on 29 Rue Moliere (now 7 Xiangshan Road). He and his wife, Song Qingling (aka Soong Ching Ling), had been lived here for five years. It was the longest staying place for the famous couple in Shanghai, also the vital venue for the political career of the great founding father of modern China. Shanghai Museum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence had been opened to public appreciation in 1961 and listed as key cultural protection unit by the China's State Council in the same year.

By looking the entrance, you will see a security post on the left and some shiny, golden plaques that indicate the importance of the great leader's residence on the right, like "Shanghai Patriotic Promotion Site", "Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Study Association" and so on. Then, an amazingly magnificent villa will feast your eyes ! It is divided into the main and complementary houses, all of which are neighboring together. They are beautifully light purple-blue painted and slightly rugged wall surface, with crimson red window frames and orange-red eaves on house tops, very tranquil in the ambience. In front of the house is square-shaped grassland, with a few kinds of pretty and evergreen plant that embraced the east, west and south sides of the residence. The colors of the building are seen very harmoniously with the green trees beside. 

The solemn statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen stands outside Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residenceof his residence. It has a deep brown marble base engraved the name of the great Chinese patriotic leader and his birth and death dates. The Chinese characters and numbers are in gold color. Dr. Sun is sitting on an old cane chair. The statue sufficiently displays the kind heart and stateliness of the founding father of modern China, his face expression seems that he is thinking of how to save China in such chaotic circumstance during his time. His majestic posture means that he is leading China into a new and glorious era, which people will be free from feudal regime and colonial humiliation.

The first floor of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Former Residence is a hall used for visitors and having meals, upstairs are reading room, bedrooms, a veranda and a reception room. The decorations and layouts are according to the memory of the leader's wife, Song Qingling. Most of the articles exhibit here are the original ones, which are strongly demonstrated the characters of a great man in China's modern history.