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Soong Ching-ling's Former Residence (Sòng Qìnglíng gùjû)

Soong Ching-ling's Former Residence (Sòng Qìnglíng gùjû) Review

Soong Ching-ling (1893–1981) was the youngest daughter of the wealthy, American-educated bible publisher, Charles Soong. At the age of 18, disregarding her family's strong opposition, she eloped to marry the much older Sun Yat-sen. When her husband founded the Republic of China in 1911, Soong Ching-ling became a significant political figure. In 1924 she headed the Women's Department of the Nationalist Party. Then in 1949 she became the vice president of the People's Republic of China. Throughout her career she campaigned tirelessly for the emancipation of women, and she helped lay the foundations for many of the rights that modern-day Chinese women enjoy today. This former palace was her residence and workplace and now houses a small museum, which documents her life and work.

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  • Address: 46 Houhai Beiyan, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100009 | Map It
  • Phone: 010/6404–4205
  • Cost: Y20
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 9–4
  • Location: Xicheng District
Updated: 04-23-2013

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