The Former Residence of Shen Congwen is located at Zhongying Street inside the ancient city of Fenghuang. It is one of the top nine attractions in Fenghuang Ancient Town.
Shen Congwen (1902-1988) was a noted historical researcher and a famous writer in China. The most famous novels of his is "Border Town" which tells the tender and touching love story about Cui Cui , a girl who lived in border town. Therefore, it is often said: " It is starting from Mr Shen Congwen for people from home and abroad to know the ancient town of Fenghuang.”
Shen Congwen's Former Residence is a courtyard house with strong characteristics of Western Hunan's style, as well as the obvious Ming and Qing Dynasties architectural style. In 1902, Mr. Shen Congwen was born in this house.
In 1866, the courtyard house was built by Shen Hongfu, Mr. Shen Chongwen's grandfather, who once served as a Governor of Guizhou in the Qing Dynasty (1645-1911). The courtyard house is a "piercing style" wooden structure building which is divided into the front building and the back building. There are 8 compartments on both sides of the building.
In the former residence, here is displayed a precious historical photos which has recorded the story of Mr. Shen Congwen. Shen Congwen's Former Residence was once regarded as "Southern China's Confucius Temple ".
As one of the well-known cultural landscapes in Fenghuang Town, it attracts countless literary to visit every year. In the shopping room inside the former residence, you can buy Mr. Shen Congwen's books which will be stamped with the memorial stamp of the former residence, it is very memorable.
Address: No. 24, Zhongying Street, Fenghuang County, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Western Hunan Province
Opening hours: 7: 30-18: 00
Entrance Fees: CNY 148( included the entrance ticket of the Fenghuang Ancient Town)