Birthplace of Chinese Communist Party

Birthplace of Chinese Communist Party

Birthplace of Chinese Communist Party
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Site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
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Neighborhood: Xintiandi
The refurbishment of a block of old shikumen into a carless entertainment center called Xintiandi, filled with restaurants, shops and bars, turned this area below South Huangpi Road into one of Shanghai’s most fashionable areas. Luxe condos house people who can afford the high-end brands that fill the malls and shops along Madang Road. The pleasant Taipinghu Park provides the area with green space and is also home to Shanghai Fashion Week twice a year. It’s not all glitter and glamour, though, as the rise of Danshui Road has given the Xintiandi area a shot of toned-down character. Small bars and cafes, mostly owned by locals, have people hanging out in a formerly quiet, unassuming part of the neighborhood.
How to get there
  • South Huangpi Road • 5 min walk
  • Huangpi South Road • 5 min walk
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Peter C
Dunsborough, Australia316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
I'm surprised that this place does not rate more highly on TA.

Tucked away behind the fascinating Xintiandi area, in buildings which certainly look authentic and have been well maintained, is this little historical gem. It's very clear in its political biases, but if you look at the enigma which is China today (the world's second largest economy wrapped up in a communist social system), you can see where a lot of it started.

I'm in no way a fan of the Chinese authorities' totalitarian approach, but if one is going to visit a country it's probably a good idea to try to understand what makes it tick. This place does just that, and was for that reason probably the most valuable place I visited, hence the "excellent" rating.

You have to get a ticket to get in, but the tickets are free and you obtain them from the building next door to the entrance. I guess that's a way of managing numbers, or it might just be mindless bureaucracy. Whatever, it's a quirky as China itself.

Do yourself a favour - if you are in Shanghai, go here. You can walk from the Bund, or hop the MRT to Xintiandi station on Line 10.

Allow yourself a good hour to slowly wander through and read the displays, which are thoughtfully laid out and explained in both Chinese and English.
Written February 10, 2015
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mlahm
Charlottesville, VA219 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We first visited in Summer of 1992 - then it least it had the semblance of authenticity, 23 years later that veneer is gone, replaced by a redone "museum" that naturally and incorrectly gives Mao primacy in the diorama. A little glitz with marble staircases and a nice stop if you are going to spend (waste?) money in the XinTianDi shops next door. Close to Taipingqiao, Huaihai, and especially Fuxing park with its statue of Marx. Since it's free, it is worth a visit if you have about 30 minutes to kill while in the area.
Written February 8, 2015
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Didoy M
Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines487 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
All ccp museums are free! Thereafter proceed to xian tian di, French confession, walk to Fuxing park and proceed to Sinan mansion. There you will enjoy the old residence of sun Yat sen and shou en Kai. Free entrance also. Thereafter end your trip at Taikang road art center and tian zi fang.
Written March 21, 2015
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samijoeboyd
Seoul, South Korea31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
While visiting the French Concessions we made a stop here. We both found it worthwhile and interesting, particularly the Chinese perspective and presentation of the past. The museum at the end is also worth viewing if you have the time.
Written May 28, 2010
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konstantinlubsky
Munich, Germany28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
An interesting exhibition of the place where Chinese Communist Party was constituted. You see a great collection of photos and documments, accompanied by explanations of the historical situation in which China was when the party was founded. If you are interested in China's recent history, check it out.
Written November 16, 2016
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adrianhobson
Cardiff, UK444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
This is really a significant historic site. Events here shaped the modern world. The building is inconspicuous in the French Concession where there are lots more things to see and do. Free entry. I was a bit disappointed about the level of detail and the relatively narrow story told. It's not the story of Chinese Communism.

Theres a small souvenir shop and a temporary exhibit which is all in Mandarin but appeared to record the contributions to the revolutionary struggle made by several Westerners.A pity there was no translation.

The irony for me was, while there were few visitors here, in the next street there are upmarket restaurants and high end shops packed with a rising petit burgeoise. The free market appears to be winning out over collectivism.
Written March 20, 2014
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Bill J
Washington DC, DC9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Solo
This is mostly for history buffs, but definitely worth a visit. Free, but not crowded; lacks audio, and not all of the pictures are labeled in English. But still, if you already know a little about the last century of China's history, here's a nice summary, as written by careful government officials. The tableau of the 13 founders is especially interesting, with pictures and short biographies of those present which reveal that many of the founders later split with the Party and wound up in prison, exile or executed. On the way out there is a separate museum with pictures of the next 14 National Congresses that followed this one, where you can see the Mao cult emerge, and the young revolutionaries turn into old men. Surrounded as it is by multi-million $ apartment buildings, European restaurants, Starbucks and all the other trappings of capitalism, this museum is a perfect illustration of the triumph of pragmatism over ideology in China.
Written September 27, 2012
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Helen M
Cardiff, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Solo
This place is a propaganda hotspot of the communists. Do not believe what they tell you! The building is in a nice surrounding, but rather go to Xintiandi for a coffee than for this museum. We must not forget that in the name of communism over 60 million Chinese got killed.

Forget about English translation or any meaningful comments or interpretation. Your trip will be more interesting if you seach for the remaining jewels of the KUOMINTANG.
Written September 3, 2012
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Johann&Sandra
8,271 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A small museum detailing the founding of the communist party in China. There is a wax sculpture of the communist founders sitting around a table talking about how to organize, there are some of the original desks and furniture, and some artifacts from this period of time. It only takes about 20 minutes to go through, though if you can read Chinese, there is probably a bit more information. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop in - I think admission is like 1 RMB - but don't go out of your way. Read up on the history of the place before going, and you will get a lot more out of it.
Written October 3, 2009
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
How ironic that one of China's most important communist sites is located slap alongside one of its trendiest and expensive shopping and eating areas -French Concession . Well, that's a free-ish market for you!

This is a gem of a museum. Biased, of course, but then anyone who thinks that western museums aren't presenting history from their biased point of view is wearing blinkers.

Sufficient detail leading up to the first meeting in 1921. Enough English to know what you are looking at and how it all fits together.

Free, just need to give up a finger.

Sorry, fingerprint.
Written September 25, 2019
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