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  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
  • 113 Wukang Road, Ba Jin’s Former Residence
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  • This property which was built during 1923 and rebuilt in 1948, is listed in the Third Group of Excellent Historical Architecture of Shanghai.This is a Western-style detached garden villa, of a simple design.The gentle two-fold roof faintly resembles a mansard style and the gables are prominent in the house.According to the original layout, there were four-bay open verandas with square columns on the ground floor and similar open veranda on the second floor, while the third floor is directly under the sloped roof and has an arched window that seems to correspond to the ground floor entrance which is on another facade.The simplicity and spaciousness of doors, windows and porches are indicators of modern architectural influence. Yet the luxurious elements of typical classical villas are still present in the fireplace, from the ceiling seams and the big Venetian door to the open veranda.

    This villa was formally the site of the USSR commercial delegation office in the early 1950s.In 1955, Ba Jin (1904-2005) one of pioneers of the new Chinese literature came to live in this villa.Ba Jin was the Vice Chair Person of the China People's Political Consultation Conference (CPPCC) and the Chair Person of China Writers' Association. Then he was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of a number of influential literature journals such as: Literature & Art and Monthly Harvest and Shanghai Literature.In November 2003, Ba Jin was awarded the title of People’s Writer by the State Council.

    During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) Ba Jin was evicted from the villa.After 1976 Ba Jin returned to his old residence and wrote Random Thoughts. This was a book on human nature when they were put under pressure. The book is so touching that people have called Ba Jin the conscience of China during the 20th century. Ba Jin passed away in 17th October 2005.Earlier he said he would turn into dust and find eternity in the warmth of people's footprints. This villa is where Ba Jin had lived for the longest period of time in Shanghai. His happiness and sadness are almost palpable within the walls of this old residence.

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