Former Residence of Xu Guangda

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28°08'30"N
113°05'48"E
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The Former Residence of Xu Guangda or Xu Guangda's Former Residence (simplified Chinese: 许光达故居; traditional Chinese: 許光達故居; pinyin: Xǔ Guāngdá Gùjū) was built in the late Qing Dynasty in Huangxing Town, Changsha County, Hunan, China where a People's Liberation Army general who was conferred the Da jiang (Grand General) rank, Xu Guangda, was born. It has a building area of about 184 m2 (1,980 sq ft), embodies buildings such as the old houses and the Exhibition Room. It is currently a significant tourist attraction in Changsha.

History

The residence was built in the 34th Year of Emperor Guangxu (1908) in the Qing Dynasty with 14 rooms. On 19 November 1908, Xu Guangda was born in its front room. In 1954, a catastrophic flood destroyed some houses. In March 2005, when Vice-President Zeng Qinghong inspected Changsha County, he gave an order to renovate the residence. In 2011, it was listed as a provincial culture and relics site in Hunan by the Hunan Provincial Government.

Architecture

Rangxian Stele

The Rangxian Stele with 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in height and 5 m (16 ft) in width and weighs 30 t (30 long tons; 33 short tons), is inscribed with a letter written by Xu Guangda to Mao Zedong to request Mao demote his military rank.

Access

The Former Residence of Xu Guangda open to visitors for free. Nearby attractions include the Former Residence of Huang Xing and the Tomb of Zuo Zongtang.

Transportation

Take bus No. 220 to Former Residence of Guangda Bus Stop (光达故居站).
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