Mao Dun Memorial Hall茅盾故居
Address : 13 Houyuanensi Hutong, Jiaodaokou South Avenue, Dongcheng District
东城区交道口南大街后圆恩寺胡同13号
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Hours : 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tuesday - Sunday)
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Mao Dun (his pen name [formerly Shen Yanbing] 1896-1981) was a writer, literary critic and minister of Culture (1949-1965). Mao Dun was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century Chinese literature. Mao Dun Literature Prize, established in the will of Mao Dun, is a prize for writers who have written novels. The writers are awarded every four years. It is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in China.

There are two Mao Dun memorial halls — one in Beijing and the other in Wuzhen (in Zhejiang Province) — in China. The memorial hall in Beijing is situated in a hutong in Dongcheng District. Mao Dun moved into the house in 1974, and he lived there for the rest of his life.

In the memorial hall, the decorations and furniture in the study, bedroom and living room are displayed according to the arrangements when Mao Dun was alive. There are two exhibition rooms, and nearly 400 items, including his photos, letters, manuscripts, the first versions of his works and the magazines he edited, are displayed in the rooms. Mao Dun had a library, in which several thousand books were stored. Among the books were some translations of foreign books, which were published during the 1920s and 1930s. Many of the books are the only copies in existence.

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Tuesday - Sunday)

5 yuan (80 US cents)

13 Houyuanensi Hutong, Jiaodaokou South Avenue, Dongcheng District
东城区交道口南大街后圆恩寺胡同13号

(Executive Editors: WEI XUANYI and ZHANG PING, Women of China English Monthly April 2017 Issue)

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