Chairman Mao’s old home to reopen inside luxury mall

On 27/12/2013 by Site Default

Mao Tse-tung’s former Shanghai residence, a two-story lane house where the Communist revolutionary lived nearly a century ago, is to reopen – in the middle of a luxury shopping complex.

A 26-year-old Mao spent three months living on what is now called Anyi Road after arriving in the Chinese port city in early 1920.

It was here that China’s future leader first came into contact with the writings of Karl Marx, according to Zhang Sheng, a historian from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences who has studied the building.

It was also at this time that Mao began associating with Chen Duxiu, a teacher and revolutionary who would go on to found the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai in 1921.

However, 93 years after Mao moved out, his former home has been swallowed up by the Jing An Kerry Centre, a gleaming shopping and entertainment complex that describes itself not as cradle not of Communism but of “cosmopolitan chic”.

The website of the recently opened complex boasts: “The Jing An Kerry Centre creates a stage to celebrate Shanghai’s ever-evolving affluence and aspirations.”

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