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No. 383

Add:383 Yongjia Rd

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Between Taiyuan and Xiangyang roads, No. 383 was home in the 1930s to the wealthiest man in China — Hsianghis Kung. A British resident named L. Andersen built the English-style garden house in 1926 and he sold it to Kung in 1935. Kung invited famous Chinese architect Fan Wenzhao to renovate the house to make it more suitable to Chinese living habits. Kung, educated at Yale University, shared the same surname as Confucius and claimed to be a 75th generation descendant of the sage. He was an early supporter of Dr Sun Yat-sen, and later of Chiang Kai-shek, the late Kuomingtang leader. Kung was named minister of industry and commerce of Republic of China in 1928, then minister of finance and governor of the central bank of China. The most important fact of his life was his marriage to Soong Ai Ling, the eldest sister of Madam Soong Ching Ling, Dr Sun's wife. The couple went to the United States in the 1940s. The Shanghai Dubbing Film Studio operated in the building from 1976 until 2001, dubbing hundreds of foreign films for Chinese audiences.

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