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Former Residence of the Soong Family to be opened to public

The former residence of the Soong family is to open to the public. This two-story mansion, which dates from 1908, is located at the junction of Shaanxi Rd and Nanyang Road.

The Soong family who were among the most influential figures in early-20th-century China moved into the house in 1918. The house was home to Charlie Soong, his wife Ni Kwei-Tseng and their three daughters and three sons.

Middle sister Soong Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen, the forerunner of China's revolution to end feudalism, while youngest sister Soong May-ling married Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek. Their three brothers were all high-ranking officials in the Republic of China government. The wedding ceremony of Soong May-ling and Chiang Kai-shek was also held in the building.

In 2003, it became a venue for charity and welfare group meetings and was listed as a historical building of Shanghai in 2005.