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Unique library reopens after facelift

QINGYANG Book House has officially reopened to the public after a renovation project at the Zhu Family Old Residence in Chedun Town in Songjiang District.

The book house is on historic Huayang Old Street. Its white walls, dark gray roof tiles and wooden doors are scented with rich culture.

“Qingyang” comes from the last character of two Chinese verses, which can be translated roughly as “a family who practices good deeds saves good luck for their offspring, and a person who reads enormously turns wise and brightened.”

“The Zhu Family Old Residence is a cultural relic in Songjiang District. Although a general renovation took place in 2016, its vacant condition for a long time caused the building to fall into disrepair,” said Lu Qun, chief of the Chedun Culture and Sports Center.

A second renovation that lasted about six months in 2020 gave the old residence a brand-new look.

The library now consists of a hall, a reading room, an exhibition room and a tea room.

Two side walls of the hall are now blank, but will be used for portraits and notes to introduce members of the Zhu family.

Zhu Mengkuang, a member of the Zhu family, took part in both China’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953).

He also served as a fine art teacher for a number of schools in Chedun.

The library not only provides locals with a space to read, but will also serve as a venue for various cultural events.


Hours: 9am-11am; 1pm-3pm

Address: No. 1-3, Lane 163, Huayang Old Street, Chedun Town

How to get there: Take Metro Line 5 to Beiqiao Station, then No. 881 Bus at Beiqiao Stop to the Huayangqiao Stop.


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