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Former Residence of the Songs

   Former Residence of the Songs
Former Residence of the Songs
(sòng shì zǔ jū 宋氏祖居) is located 30 kilometers away to Wenchang City (wén chāng shì 文昌市) of Hainan Province (hǎi nán shěng 海南省). It is the former residence of the Song family.

Former Residence of the SongsOn the lintel of the door, a stele hanging there, which is inscribed by Deng Xiaoping (dèng xiǎo píng 邓小平). In the house, there are the things which were used by Song Qingling’s parents and grandparents, including the plough, harrow, and barrel. On the wall hang the photos of Song’s parents and grandparents, family tree and some introductions of the whole family.

The family name of the Songs was Han (hán 韩). The ancestors of the Hans were pesants, living a poor life. In 1875, Han Jiaozhun (hán jiāo zhǔn 韩教准), Song Qingling’s fathere, and his brother Han Zhengzhun (hán zhèng zhǔn 韩政准) went to America with his uncle. And then he were adopted by his uncle and changed his name into Song Jiashu (sòng jiā shù 宋嘉树). His sons and daughters were all named Song, and became personnels in Chinese history, especially the second daughter Song Qingling (sòng qìng líng 宋庆龄), who can be regarded as the woman hero.

Exhibition Hall of Song QinglingThe house was built by Song’s grandgrandfather during the reign of Emperor Jiaqing (jiā qìng dì 嘉庆帝) of the Qing Dynasty (qīng cháo 清朝). It is composed by two large rooms, two wing-rooms, two gateways and the courtyard, covering an area of more than 1500 square meters.

On the northwest of the house, there is the exhibition hall which is to comemorate Song Qingling. In the hall, there are the photos, pictures and the paintings about the youth life of Song Qingling. All the exhibits reproduce the brilliant life of Song Qingling.

Former Residence of the Songs
Location: Wencheng Town (wén chéng zhèn 文城镇), Wenchang City, Hainan Province
Admission fee: CNY 15
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take a taxi from Wencheng Town to the Former Residence of the Songs, which will cost you 30 to 40 yuan.
 

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2010 19:30
 

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