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Changning Children's Palace

Add:31, Lane 1136, Yuyuan Rd

Tel:021-6252 4154

Time:Tue-Fri, 3:30pm-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-11am, 1:30pm-4pm

Credit Cards Accepted

2012-07-26

If you wander around the narrow lanes on Yuyuan Road, you will discover old houses in a variety of styles hidden behind the phoenix trees. One of the most unexpected buildings on the road was built inside Lane 1136. It is a stunning Gothic mansion used as the Children's Palace of Changning District.

The impressive four-story, concrete framework house was built in 1930s by Wang Boqun, the Minister for Transportation in the Kuomintang government. Wang built this house for his second wife Bao Zhining, who had asked Wang to make three promises before the marriage - to give her a large sum of money, send her overseas to study and build a grand house. However, their love story did not last long. Wang was accused of corruption and fell from power. He died in 1944, leaving four small children and a pregnant Bao who later moved her family to New York. 

Wang Jingwei, who headed the Japanese-supported Chinese puppet government based in Nanjing, lived in the building when the Japanese troops occupied Shanghai's International Settlement.

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