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History of Soong Ching Ling's Former Residence
    2009-05-28 15:33:40     CRIENGLISH.com

Granted to Prince Chun

This graceful and elegant compound with its buildings was successively occupied by various nobles and high-ranking officials until 1888 when Empress Dowager Cixi granted it to Yixuan or Prince Chun, Emperor Guangxu's father. He was succeeded by Zaifeng, Prince Regent and father of Emperor Xuantong (1909-1911), the last emperor of the Qing dynasty.

After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Communist Party of China and the People's government planned to build a house in Beijing for Soong Ching Ling (Mme. Sun Yat-sen) , then Vice President of PRC.

Considering that resources should be first used for national construction, she declined the offer again and again. The issue was brought to the attention of Premier Zhou Enlai. He personally selected this former royal garden for Soong Ching Ling, and a small two-storey building with combined Chinese and Western construction styles was added in the west side of the garden. She accepted and moved in in April 1963. From then on, she lived and worked here till her death on May 29, 1981.

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