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Former Residence of Lao She

 

The Lao She Memorial Hall is actually the former residence of him. It is situated in a small Beijing alley in Dongcheng District, and was opened to the public in 1st February, 1999, two days before the 100 anniversary of Lao She. It is one of the historic sites under Beijing Municipal protection. The Memorial is a typical ‘Siheyuan’ (Quadrangle Dwelling). In the beginning of 1950, after returning from America, Lao She bought it and lived here for 16 years. It is in this house that he wrote 24 plays, including Longxu Ditch, Teahouse, and Beneath the Pure Red Banner, and two novels, which has 4 million words in total. It covers an area of 400 square meters. The most special thing about it is a rich exhibition entitled Lao She’s Life and Works.

Lao She (1899-1966), a native of Beijing, was a novelist and playwright. He went to America to teach and write after the Chinese people won the War of Resistance Against Japan in 1945, but was called back in 1949. His works are strongly influenced by his life in Beijing, and their language is familiar to Beijing.

Lao She was a member of cultural and education committee of the Government Administration Council and deputy to the National People' s Congress, and served as vice-chairman of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, vice-chairman of the Chinese Writers' Association and chairman of the Beijing Federation of Literary and Art Circles.

He was named a 'People's Artist' and a 'Great Master of Language'. His plays, such as Longxu Ditch, became ideologically didactic and did not reach the level of his former work.

During the war against the Japanese invasion, as head of the National Association of Writers and Artists against Invaders, Lao She played an active part in mobilizing writers and artists for anti-Japanese propaganda. After the war was won, he went to America for lecturing and writing. After he returned to China in 1949, he held such posts as member of the Literature, Art, and Education Committee of the Political Affairs Department, deputy chairman of the National Association of Literature and Art, deputy chairman of the National Writers’ Association, and chairman of the Beijing Association of Literature and Art. As a prolific writer, he enjoyed such a high reputation among common people that he was awarded the title "People’s Artist".


Address: 19 Fengfu Lane, West Dengshikou Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing;
Opening hours: 8:00-18:00;
Entry ticket: 10 yuan;
Traffic: Bus No.s. 103, 104, 108, and 111 to the Dengshikou bus stop;
Tel: 86-10-65142612.

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