Visit the former residences of celebrities in Beijing Hutongs and recall the stories of the past


Beijing is a city full of historical and cultural heritage. Many influential figures, writers, revolutionaries and famous Peking opera stars have once lived here. In your spare time, you can go for a walk, pay a visit to these sites and feel the celebrities' spiritual world~

Guo Moruo Memorial Museum

Guo Moruo Memorial Museum is the former residence of Guo Moruo. It used to be his apartment and the office when he worked in the Chinese Academy of Sciences as the president. In 1963, Guo Moruo moved here and stayed until his death in 1978. He has worked and lived here for 15 years, and many of his academic works as well as poets were created during this period.

Today, the museum still preserved those old furnishings. The four exhibition rooms in the former residence respectively display various cultural relics created by Mr. Guo such as manuscripts, books, rubbings, calligraphy and painting, letters, daily necessities and so on.

Opening: Resume opening since July 19th (this Tuesday). 9:00-16:00 (from Tuesday to Sunday, closed every Monday). Stop selling tickets at 16:00.

Appointment: make an appointment in the Wechat official account “Guo Moruo Memorial"

Location: No. 18 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing

Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum

Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum is situated in No.9 Huguosi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing. Since 1951, Mei Lanfang, the Peking opera artist, has spent the last 10 years of his life in this quiet and comfortable courtyard.

The memorial hall is divided into two parts. The main courtyard preserves the original appearance of the former residence: the furnishings in the meeting room, study, bedroom and living room are displayed in the same way as the original ones. The East and West exhibition rooms are special ones, which will update exhibition contents from time to time. The exhibition room outside the courtyard introduces Mei Lanfang's artistic and social life with a large number of precious pictures.

Opening: Resume opening since July 19th. The opening hours are 9:00-16:30 every Tuesday to Sunday (11: 30-12:30 is the disinfection and sterilization time, and the entrance is prohibited at 16:00). Closed every Monday (except legal holidays).

Appointment: make an appointment in the Wechat official account “Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum"

Location: No.9 Huguosi Street, Xicheng District, Beijing

Li Dazhao's Former Residence

As a pioneer of the Communist movement in China, a great Marxist, an outstanding proletarian revolutionary, and one of the main founders of the Communist Party of China, Li Dazhao has long been remembered by Chinese people. He has spent about 10 years out of his 38-year life in Beijing.

No. 24 Wenhua Hutong is the place where Li Dazhao has lived for the longest period of time in Bejing. It witnessed his representative revolutionary practices such as spreading Marxism, participating in the founding of the Communist Party of China, leading the Working Class Movement in North China, and promoting the first Kuomintang-Communist cooperation.

Opening: Open from 9:00 to 12:00 every morning, and stop entering the museum at 12:00; Open from 14:00 to 16:30 in the afternoon, and stop entering the museum at 16:00.

Appointment: make an appointment in the Wechat official account “Li Dazhao's Former Residence"

Location: No. 24 Wenhua Hutong, Wicheng District, Beijing

Former Residence of Ji Xiaolan

People today still indulge in elaborating on the The TV series “The Bronze Teeth”. But to understand the real “Ji Da cigarette bag”, one should better visit the Former Residence of Ji Xiaolan.

The former residence of Ji Xiaolan is a two-entry quadrangle dwelling, close to Jinyang restaurant. The relics in this old residence include vines in the front yard and begonias in the back yard, which were all planted by Ji Xiaolan himself.

Opening: 9:00-18:00 everyday

Appointment: No reservation, purchase tickets on-site

Location: No. 241 Zhushikou West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing

Translation: Yang Jialin

Review: Wu Jiayi