(Continued from Shanghai Story Walk V Part 1. The Shanghai Story Walk V is not necessarily long in distance, but includes many individual sites. So I am breaking it up into two posts.)
From Gaolan Road, turn left on Ruijin No. 2 Road, then left again on Xiangshan Road.
I noticed this woman using a rug beater on her bed comforter:
No. 7 Xiangshan Road, the former residence of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925):
Next you head south on Sinan Road, to No. 41, former residence of Yuan Zuoliang, financier:
No. 73, the former residence of Zhou Enlai (1898-1976):
Zhou joined the Communist Party in 1922 and held several high positions. He met with General Zhang Xueliang in Xi'an in 1936 and agreed they should cease the civil war between the Kuomintang and Communists and fight the Japanese as one.
After the founding of the People's Republic of China, Zhou became the Premier. He met with U.S. President Richard Nixon in 1972 in Shanghai.
The next lane has houses that are identical to the Zhou Residence:
Make a u-turn and head north on Sinan Road. At Fuxing Road you will see Sinan Mansions, a vast collection of restored villas that now house restaurants and offices, and a hotel complex:
At No. 118 is the Ruijin Hotel. The property belonged to Irish businessman Henry E. Morriss, the owner of the English language newspaper North-China Daily News. He arrived in Shanghai in 1867 and purchased the newspaper in 1901. He also bought this property from local peasants. He died in 1919. His son, Henry, Jr., born in 1833, had Villa No. 1 built in 1920 as his own residence:
During WWII, the Italian Consulate used the villa. The Kuomintang took over in 1945.
A room to the back left is said to be where Chiang Kai-shek and his wife would breakfast, and the rooms to the right were used as their dining room:
Stairs to the left bring you to a wrought-iron screen:
Henry E. Morriss, Jr. used his money to build the Canidrome, a dog-racing venue in the next block to the west, which was torn down and replaced by the new Shanghai Culture Square Theater.
Other views of Villa No. 1:
Arched gate from Villa No. 1:
It is said that a man called Sheng Laosan dealt opium in Villa No. 3, the largest such dealership in Shanghai during WWII. After the war he was sentenced to death and the government confiscated the villa.
Villa No. 4:
Wandering around the grounds, you keep finding hidden treasures:
Shaoxing Road several times, and there is more to see than mentioned in this book.
No. 5, the former residence of Zhu Jilin:
During the 1930s and 1940s, jazz was introduced to Shanghai and the Zhu family formed their own jazz band to play at parties. They rehearsed in the dance hall on the second floor and invited guest conductors from Shanghai clubs. For a while they performed live on Fridays at the XMHA radio station. Once they won a top prize against professional bands.
It is said the family had dinner sitting around a long table with a servant standing behind each chair. During the Cultural Revolution, the family that remained in Shanghai had to live in the garage.
Zhu's grandson, Zhu Zhaohe, worked in a factory after 1949. He could play piano, guitar, cello and saxophone, and once performed Latin dance music at a show, which got him into trouble. During the Cultural Revolution, thousands of musical recordings were confiscated. Zhu wrote down the scores from memory and complied over ten music booklets.
The building now houses the Shanghai News Agency Publishing Company.
No. 7 (not in the book), the former site of the China Learning Center:
The building now houses the Shanghai Business Newspaper Agency or a publishing house.
No. 62, Shaoxing Park, which has the theme of Chinese opera:
Yu Di opera character mask:
At the end of Shaoxing Road, turn right on Shaanxi Nan Road to No. 235.
On our way home, we saw laundry drying in a manner that is unusual in China: