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The Former Residence of Mao Dun

Updated:2008-06-06 10:19 | Source:

  The Former Residence of Mao Dun is located in

  the Houyuan’ensi Lane, South Avenue, Jiaodaokou,

  Dongcheng District. It was where Mao Dun lived

  between 1974 and 1981, the year he died. It was

  designated by the central government as his former

  residence in which to hold an exhibition entitled a

  Great Revolutionary Writer¨CMao Dun. It was

  officially opened to the public in March 1985.

  Mao Dun’s original name was Shen Dehong, and his

  courtesy name was Yanbing. He was born in Wuzhen,

  Tongxiang in Zhejiang in 1896. He was one of the

  forerunners of progressive culture in modern China,

  a great revolutionary writer, and an outstanding

  champion of proletariat culture. After the founding

  of the People’s Republic, he served first as head

  of the Culture Ministry and then as deputy chairman

  of the National Political Consultative Committee. He

  was also long-time deputy chairman of the National

  Association of Literature and Art and chairman of

  the Chinese Writers’ Association.

  The south-facing former residence has a front

  courtyard and a back one, and 22 rooms of various

  sizes. Since it was opened to the public, the

  furnishings of the study, bedrooms, and living room

  have been kept exactly the same as they were before

  its last owner died. In the west wing room in the

  front courtyard, which served as the living room,

  the sofas, the vase on the table, and the couplet

  hung on the wall are all genuine relics. In the

  north room are displayed the writer’s life and his

  writing career. In the east wing room are displayed

  pictures and relics that reflect his unremitting

  efforts to help with developing culture in New China

  and maintaining peace in the world. Exhibits include

  certificates of appointment, representative

  credentials, manuscripts of creative works and

  records, and the pens, recorder, and seals he had

  used. In the back courtyard are his study and

  bedroom. The walls of these rooms are lined with

  bookshelves filled with Chinese and foreign

  classics. His book collection and his own writings

  have been collected in the Mao Dun Library.

  Address: No. 13, Houyuan’ensi Hutong, Jiaodaokou,

  Dongcheng District, Beijing


Editor : Zhu Jia

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