Walking through the gentrified environs of Xintiandi (新天地), it’s very easy to forget that the area was once a revolutionary hotbed and the site of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. 


Among the distinctive shikumen (石庫門) buildings is an excellent museum commemorating this seminal event, which features some fascinating documents and artifacts from the period. There’s also a waxwork depiction of the congress itself, which took place during July 1921 and had to be completed in a tourist boat on South Lake in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, after the delegates learned that the French Concession police were planning to raid their Shanghai lair.


The museum’s well worth a look if you’re a Chinese history buff or just fancy a short break from all the restaurants and shops.

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