An influential revolutionary, Zhou worked closely with Mao Zedong as the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 until his death.
Located a few doors down from the Sinan Mansions complex and Sun Yat-sen’s former residence, Zhou’s four storey former French Concession house features sparsely decorated rooms with only a few belongings in each. More often than not, bare white walls are accompanied merely by replica beds, desks and signs declaring which room you’re in. Currently scaffolding has been thrown up around the building and it is now closed until November 15. We’re hoping the preservation work will include a revamp of the museum.
The best bit is the garden – supposedly recreated to look as it did when Zhou held meetings there from 1946-7, when the house was the Shanghai Office of the CPC Delegation. It's especially pleasant, if only as a break from the house’s bland rooms.
Zhou is an interesting figure, but so far the pre-renovation museum is not.