Shanghai is a city brimming with historical stories about its streets, buildings and famous residents. And with the forthcoming 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Global Times has found some interesting spots that give a fascinating glimpse into the city's political history. We could even call it a "red trip," the term used by communist activists in China about nine decades ago.
Site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
Just near to one of the city's chicest landmarks, Xintiandi, a black-and-red two-layer shikumen building at Xingye Road remains an important venue for CPC members and tourists alike. Back in July of 1921, 13 representatives of the Communist Party gathered in this house - home of one of the Shanghai representatives Li Hanjun and his brother - and held the First National Congress of CPC, marking the birth of the future Party in power of China.
Well preserved, the building has been opened to the public since 1952. To the west, lies a more recent memorial hall where 13 wax figures of the then Party representatives are on show. Historical pictures and items help visitors to gain greater insight into this memorable period.
Add: 76-78 Xingye Road 兴业路76-78号
Opening hours: 9 am to 5 pm
Former Residence of Mme Soong Ching Ling
In a compound off bustling Huaihai Road Middle, lies a large, peaceful garden populated by cinnamomum camphora trees that are about 100 years old. This is where Soong Ching Ling (1893-1981), the wife of Sun Yat-sen once lived. And at the entrance sits a statue of her. Soong is remembered as an elegant and knowledgeable woman with a broad mind and a warm heart. At the side of the house is a memorial hall where items and pictures tell the story of her life.
Add: 1843 Huaihai Road Middle 淮海中路1843号
Opening hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Admission: 20 yuan
Former Residence of Mao Zedong
Back in 1924, when Mao Zedong was in Shanghai with his wife Yang Kaihui for their ninth visit, they stayed in an old-styled shikumen lane located on Maoming Road North. Today the building houses a museum of exhibits, showcasing historical documentaries, daily items and the living conditions of the couple. At that time, Mao was working for co-operation between the CPC and Kuomintang to promote the "revolutionary road" against the northern warlord government.
Add: No. 5-9, Lane 120 Maoming Road North 茂名北路120弄5-9号
Opening hours: 9 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 4 pm
Among many old villas near Sinan Road, a Spanish-styled garden house built at the beginning of 20th century is where China's former premier Zhou Enlai lived in 1946.
Also, being the former office of the Shanghai delegation to the CPC after the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), it has witnessed many important Party activities.
Add: 73 Sinan Road 思南路73号
Opening hours: 9 am to 4 pm