Xintiandi

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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. 

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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.

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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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