089: Song Qingling Former Residence
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In 1915 Song Qingling married Sun Yat-sen, the father of modern China, who was instrumental in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911. During the Chinese civil war, she sided with the Communists against Chiang Kai-shek, which meant that her life was constantly in jeopardy. Following the Communist victory, she held various positions in the Shanghai and national government up until her death in 1981, including honorary president of the PRC, the only person to ever hold the title. Following her husband's death in 1925, she lived in various places, one of them being this house on Huaihai Road #222. The compound includes an exhibition about her life, the house she lived in with the layouts and belongings left as she used them, an impressive garden, a garage and a dovecote. One of the cars on show was presented to her by Lenin. Song Qingling is is treated with utmost respect by the Chinese establishment. Each successive new president of the People's Republic has made a visit to her mausoleum #073 a high priority.