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The Former Residence of Lu Xun

Since October 1927 Lu Xun (1881 - 1936) had been lived in Shanghai, during which his literature career was at its height, he wrote many vehement articles that depicted the wickedness of the society those days and demonstrated his love to his motherland. Also, he enthusiastically took part in anti-Japanese occupation movement among the littérateurs in Shanghai. At first he lived in a house situated on Donghengbang Road, Hongkou District. Later in 1933, he moved to 9 Continental Terrace located on Shanyin Road, he lived here until his death in 1936. It is now known as the Former Residence of Lu Xun.

At that time he frequently visited Neishan Bookstore and Hongkou Park. Just after the death of the great writer, people wanted to name the park as "Lu Xun Memorial Park". The tomb of Lu Xun was moved to Hongkou Park later. To mark the 20th anniversary of Lu Xun's death in 1956, a Southern Yangtze Style building had been constructed here. It is the Lu Xun Memorial Hall, which displayed 17,000 articles about the life of Lu Xun, especially his time in Shanghai. The Hongkou Park has been renamed to Lu Xun Memorial Park in 1988.

The Former Residence of Lu Xun is a red colored building of brick structure. The great writer has written a lot of master, as well as translation and editing works here. He also organized the patriotic activities for "China Freedom Movement Alliance" and "China Left-wing Author Alliance" during his stay. The house displays the articles and stationery that Lu Xun has used.

The front door of the residence is facing south. By passing through the black steel gate of Continental Terrace, you will see a tiny garden, with some bikes are being put here. Then you can climb a few stairs to reach the reception room, in which a Western style dinner table is placed in the middle. On the left, bookshelves, an old gramophone player and a desk which has been presented by one of his friends are here. You will see the dining room by walking via a screen, a Chinese lacquer painted table with four elegantly flowered round dinner chairs are placed in the center, with a big cupboard, four more round chairs and a coat track beside. The furniture here truly demonstrates the living situation of Lu Xun and his family during the last years in his legendary but frugal life. He spent not much money for the livelihood of himself and his loved ones, but he was so generous to the poor and Communist or revolutionary organizations. He had written down about his donations in his diaries.

On the second floor is the bedroom of Lu Xun, it is also his reading room. At the window that is facing south, there is a desk and a cane chair in front of it. Lu Xun sat on this chair, bent over and wrote lots of fighting articles. He often sat still on the cane chair in deep meditation and many of his great essays had been born here. The black steel bed he slept is being put on the eastern side of the historical room. The quilt and the pillows are being placed the same position as in the time of Lu Xun's death, which was on October 19, 1936. The residence is the forever memory of the literature giant in modern China.