Site of the First National Congress of the Communi
In the heart of the French Concession is the home that became famous as the venue where the initial members of the party held their first meeting on the 23rd July, 1921. Thirteen members met here that day, including Mao Zedong, marking the formation of the party. The story goes that the police found out about the meeting and the participants were forced to escape from the city!
The house is now a popular site for Chinese visitors with an interest in the origins of the Communist party. The rooms have been refurbished to that period, including the living room on the ground floor which was used for that first, historic meeting. The upstairs has been converted to a museum and exhibition hall, unfolding the story of the founding and development of the Communist party. Lifelike waxwork figures of the thirteen members add interest to the displays..