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Former Residence of Song Qingling
Chinese Name: 宋庆龄故居
No.46 Houhai Beiyan, Xicheng District, Beijing, China
Direction: Northwest of Tiananmen
Distance: 6.0 km away from the city center Tiananmen
20 RMB/person, 10 RMB/student
Bus No.819, 5 at Guozishi Stop
Bus No.44, 5, 635, 55, 919, 909, 27, 380, 949, 625, 914, 344, 315, 305 at Deshengmen Stop, then walk to Shichahai
The residence was first built in Kang Xi Period in Qing dynasty. It was once the mansion of the great scholar Ming Zhu. In Qian Long Period, it was the yard of He Shen. In Jia Qing Period, it was the garden of Prince Cheng. Later, it was the garden of Emperor Guang Xu's father. In the end of Qing dynasty, it was the garden of the last emperor Pu Yi's father. From 1963 to 1981, Song Qingling had been lived and worked here for 18 years till she died. The sceneries are perfect.
Why got its this name
As one of the leadership in the construction of New China and Sun Yat-Sen's wife, Song Qingling joined the Chinese revolution from her youth till she died. She struggled for Sun Yat-Sen's career of saving the country and her own career on the pursuit of a free and equal China. She also poured a lot of effort on the cultural and educational welfare of women and children.
Function or value in the past
This place was originally the garden of Zaifeng, Prince Chun and father of the last emperor Aisin Gioro Puyi. The mansion of Prince Chun, later known as the Regent's Mansion, also included the group of buildings on the eastern side of the garden. The mansion was first built during the Kangxi reign as the residence of Mingzhu. It was turned into the second residence of Heshen during the Qianlong years, and became the mansion of Prince Cheng in the Jiaqing reign and the mansion of Prince Chun in the 14th year of Emperor Guangxu.
The main building of the residence is a two-floor Chinese and Western construction. The outlook of the building is antique, which is coordinated with the style inside. In the courtyard, there is clear lake and lawn. There is also a pigeon house, which has been Song's favor. She usually fed them herself.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Party and government intended to build a residence for Soong Ching Ling. But she repeatedly declined on the excuse that state affairs were more important. Later, personally overseen by Premier Zhou Enlai, it was decided to have this old garden in the former prince's mansion repaired and renovated and a new two-storied ancient-style building put up as the main building. Clear water now flows through it and there are rockeries, flowers, trees and green grass everywhere with buildings and pavilions among them. It is a quiet and elegant residence. Soong Ching Ling moved here in 1963, worked, studied and lived here until she died on May 29, 1981. In October the same year, the place was named "Former Residence of Comrade Soong Ching Ling, Honorary Chairman of the People's Republic of China" and listed as a major historical and cultural site under state protection. It has been opened to public since May 29, the following year.
Life Show of Song Qingling
Show of the Original Residence
Show of the Courtyard.
09:00 - 17:30 from April 1st to October 31st
09:00 - 16:30 from November 1st to March 31st
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Views from Travelers:
It is very good inside. You can not only feel the working and living place of the famous people, but also enjoy the noble corner.
There are four exhibition halls in the residence. Most of the exhibitions are pictures. At the entrance, there is a bonsai planted by Emperor Qian Long in Qing dynasty. Song Qingling loved to take photos with friends here.
It is an elegant place. There is history and scenery. There is also a swing in the yard, which is quite cute.
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