The former residence of Soong Ching Ling, late honorary chairwoman of the People's Republic of China, is a major national historical and cultural site education center. The residence is preserved in the state it was in when Soong Ching lived and worked there, and there is a museum celebrating her life. Since the residence opened to the public in May 1982 it has had more than 200,000 visitors annually and conducted hundreds of exchange activities both local and international. It is a treasure trove of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling memorabilia and an authoritative site for researching Soong Ching Ling's life, promoting her legacy and promoting Chinese and foreign cultural exchanges.
The residence was once the garden attached to the palace of Zaifeng, the imperial Prince Chun, father of Puyi, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Clear water now flows through it and there are rockeries, flowers, trees and green grass everywhere with buildings and pavilions among them. The environment is elegant and refined. The mansion was first built during the reign of Kangxi (1662-1722) as the residence of his prime minister Mingzhu. It was turned into the second residence of Heshen during the Qianlong years (1736-1796), and became the palace of Prince Cheng during the reign of Jiaqing (1796-1820) and the palace of Prince Chun in the 14th year of Emperor Guangxu (1888).
After the founding of the PRC the Party and government intended to build a residence in Beijing for Soong Ching Ling. But she declined repeatedly, saying that state affairs were more important. In 1961, at the suggestion of the Party and government, personally overseen by Premier Zhou Enlai, it was decided to have this old garden in the former prince’s palace repaired and renovated and a new two-storied building built to serve as Soong Ching Ling’s residence. She moved into it in 1963and lived and worked here until her death on May 29, 1981. In October the same year, it was officially named the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Honorary Chairman of the People's Republic of China.
Address: 46 Houhaibeiyan, Xicheng district, Beijing
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1. Bus: Routes 5, 27, 44, 55, 380, 409, 625, 635 or 919 to Deshengmen Station
2. Subway: Line 2 to Jishuitan Station (Exit C), or Line 8 to Shichahai Station (Exit A)