The place is one of the residences Lu Xun lived in the final days of his life with his wife Xu Guangping and their son Zhou Haiying. (Lu Xun’s real name is Zhou Zhuren.)
It is a place where you can imagine the author having a life with his wife, his first baby son and friends from in and out of the country, such as Mao Dun, Agnes Smedley and Neishsan Wanzao (or Uchiyama Kanzo).
Lu Xun died in this three-story residence in 1936 at the age of 56 years old. Most furniture are of his belongings.
His only child Zhou Haiying was born in Shanghai in 1929 when his father was 49 years old. Haiying means a child (Ying嬰) born in Shanghai(Hai海). (He died in Beijing last year.)
The baby Haiying was probably crying and running in this place. His picture is hung on the wall. The cute baby’s portrait was painted by an anonymous Japanese painter who was in Shanghai at that time.
The place is located in the middle of old Shanghai buildings with narrow backstreets leading to everywhere. (But please avoid disturbing residents.) Shanghai people are still having daily lives around the residence. You will see washing clothes hung from windows.
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