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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Beijing Former Residences of Celebrities Tour
Many Beijing former residences of "Celebrities" are well preserved and open to the public. Some are listed as the historic sites under city-level or national level protection. "Celebrities" here are the well-known persons who lived and actively worked in the most of the 20th century.

The "Celebrities" are classified into three categories: famous China revolutionaries, famous China writers or famous China historians. Their former residences attract much attention from the public either because of their unique life experiences or because of their unique residences featuring typical Beijing traditional courtyard - siheyuan.

The Beijing celebrities residences tour will give you more insight information about Beijing China and help you understand Beijing and its people better.

» Beijing Former Homes of the Famous Day Tour
Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling Attractions: the Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Former Residence of Mei Lanfang, the former residence of Guo Moruo, Lu Xun
Pick-up point and time: Your Hotel between around 9:00am
Finishing point and time: Your Hotel around 4:00pm
Lunch: Chinese lunch
Vehicle: Car or van
Service: Entrance fees + Private tour guide
Tour Code: BM-04
Price: Starting from US$40 p/p

Top 10 Beijing Former Residences of Celebrities:

Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
Soong Ching Ling(1890-1981) was late Honorary Chairman of the People's Republic of China, be known as "the Mother of China" by both the main political parties, the Kuomintang and the Communists. She was one of the Soong sisters - three sisters whose husbands had great impact on China's development in the early 20th century.
Add: 46 Houhaibeiyan, Xicheng District.
Entry Fee: RMB 20
Opening hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM;
How to get there: Bus No.s 5, 27, 44 and 55;
Tel: 86-10-64044205

Former Residence of Li Dazhao
Li Dazhao (Oct 29, 1888 - April 28, 1927) was a Chinese intellectual who co-founded the Communist Party of China with Chen Duxiu in 1921. Li was one of Mao's earliest and most prominent influences. Under the leadership of Li and Chen, the CPC developed a close relationship with the Soviet controlled Comintern. At the direction of the Comintern, Li and Chen were inducted into the Kuomintang in 1922. Li was elected to the KMT's Central Executive Committee in 1924. Tensions between the Comintern, the KMT, and the CPC presented opportunities for political intrigue and opportunism. With the outbreak of the Chinese Civil War, Li was captured during a raid on the Soviet embassy in Peking (Beijing) and, with nineteen others, he was executed on the orders of the warlord Zhang Zuolin on April 28, 1927.
Add: 24 wenhua Hutong, Xicheng District, Beijing

Residence of Mei Lanfang
Mei Lanfang(1894 - 1961) was the best known Beijing Opera master ever. A famous singer, actor and dancer of Beijing Opera female role Qing Yi and a key figure in the Chinese theater. Mei was the first artist to spread and promote Beijing Opera to western countries, taking part in cultural intercourse with Japan, the United States, and other regions. He was known to have travelled the world, strengthened friendships with the western counterparts of his time, including Charlie Chaplin. During his trip to Hollywood, he was warmly welcomed by Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.
Add: 9 Huguosi Street, Xicheng District.
Tel: (010)66089208, (010)66011512

Qi Baishi's Former Home
Qi Baishi (1864-1957) was originally called Qi Chunzhi and was a carpenter in his early years. At the age of 27, he started to learn how to paint and write poems. In 1956, the World Peace Council awarded him its international Peace Award. In 1963, he was included on a list of "World Cultural Celebrities".
How to get there: Bus No.7, 38

Xu Beihong Memorial Hall
Xu Beihong ( 1895-1953 ) was an outstanding modern Chinese painter and art teacher. The memorial hall was originally located in his residence.but was moved to its present location when the house was demolished as part of Beijing's subway construction. His studio has been reconstructed just as it was when he worked in it. Xu was particulary renowned for the way he could capture images of horses. There are photographs of his visits to many countries, and his correspondence with school children, as well as telegrams of condolence upon his death from Chinese leaders.
Add: 53 XinjiekoubeiDajie Xicheng District.

Residence of Mao Dun
Mao Dun(1896-1981) was one of great literary figures of modern China. He was the author of" Midnight", "Rainbow "and "Spring Silkworms", representative novels of the Realist tradition. He also translated famous works from foreign languages, and engaged in a wide range of other literary activities. Mao Dun's original name was Shen Dehong.and he was a native of Tongxiang in Zhejiang Province. In his later years, Mao Dun contributed all the payments he received for his works,a total of 250,000yuan (about US$30,120) to set up the Mao Dun Literary Award to encourage the production of novels.
Add: 13 Houyuan’ensi Street,Jiaodaokou,Dongcheng District.

Residence of Guo Moruo
Guo Moruo (1892-1978) was an outstanding Chinese writer, poet, dramatist, historian, archaeologist and paleographer. He wrote several historical plays and one of them is "Chu Yuan" (1942), telling the story of a dissident poet of the 4th-century BC. He also wrote lots of studies on Chinese archaeology, history, and literature. He worked as a government official from 1949 until his death. Add: 18 Qianhai Xijie Xicheng Districe

Lu Xun Museum
Lu Xun(1881-1936) was closely involved with many of the dramatic social changes which have occurred in modern China,and his writings strongly influenced the thinking of many Chinese both during and after his lifetime. Chairman Mao Zedong once said "Lu Xun was the bravest and most correct, the firmest, the most loyal,and the most ardent national hero. A hero without parallel in our history".The two-story exhibition building contains 10,000 of Lu Xun's manuscripts, cultural relics he collected and other materials concerning his life.
Add:19 Gongmenkou Ertiao, Fuchengmen, Xicheng District.

Residence of Lao She
Lao She ( Feb 03, 1899 – Aug 24, 1966 ) was a noted Chinese writer. A novelist and dramatist, he was one of the most important figures of 20th century Chinese literature. he is best known for his novel called "Camel Xiangzi" and "Rickshaw Boy" and the play "Teahouse". He was of Manchu ethnicity. His other famou novels include "Si Shi Tong Tang"( Four Generations under One Roof), "Cat Country", "Lao Zhang de Zhexue"(The Philosophy of Old Zhang"), his first published novel, written in London (1926). The Laoshe Tea House ( 老舍茶馆 ), a famous tourist attraction in Beijing that opened in 1988 and put on the regular performances of traditional music which takes its name after Lao She.

Residence of Cai Yuanpei
Cai Yuanpei (January 11, 1868 – March 5, 1940) was a Chinese educator and the president of Peking University. He was known for his critical evaluation of the Chinese culture that led to the influential May Fourth Movement. In his thinking, Cai was heavily influenced by Anarchism. Cai advocated the equal importance of five ways of life — "Virtue, Wisdom, Health, Collective, and Beauty" - the core values that are still taught in schools today in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau. He was also a proponent of women's right to divorce and remarry, he strongly opposed foot binding and concubinage that were widely practiced in China at the time. Cai Yuanpei died at the age of 72 in Hong Kong.
Add: 75 Dongtangyu Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Former Residences of Celebrities in Beijing
Cai E’s Former Residence Cheng Yanqiu’s Former Home Dong Biwu’s Former Home
Former Home of Zhang Shizhao and Qiao Guanhua Liang Qichao’s Former Home
Mao Zedong’s Former Home President Yuan Shikai’s Office Qi Baishi’s Former Home
Song Jiaoren’s Residence Tan Sitong’s Former Home Tian Han’s Former Home
Wen Tianxiang Memorial Temple Xun Huisheng’s Forme Home Yang Jiaoshan Memorial Temple
Ye Shengtao’s Residence Zhang Zhidong’s Former Home Zhang Zizhong’s Former Home
Zhanghenshui’s Former Home    

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