Former Residence of Guo Moruo
The Guo Moruo Memorial museum is situated in a traditional courtyard (Siheyuan) on the west bank of Shichahai. It was in this courtyard that Guo Moruo spent the remaining 15 years of his life. The courtyard has an east gate with a gold wooden tablet engraved by Deng Yinchao identifying the museum. The courtyard is now used as a museum, with the east and west wing-rooms being applied to showrooms of the life of Guo Moruo, renowned poet, scholar and cultured man. The other three rooms remain unchanged as display rooms of his sitting room, office and bedroom, with the peony and ginkgo that he planted in the courtyard with his wife.
Guo Moruo (1892-1978) was an outstanding Chinese writer, poet, dramatist, historian, archaeologist and paleographer. He wrote several historical plays and one of them is "Chu Yuan" (1942), telling the story of a dissident poet of the 4th-century BC. He also wrote lots of studies on Chinese archaeology, history, and literature. He worked as a government official from 1949 until his death. The courtyard where Guo had lived for 15 years, from November 1963 until his death, was formerly a prince's garden during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was listed as an important cultural relic under state protection in 1982, on Guo's 90th birthday, and officially opened to tourists in 1988.
It was in this small courtyard that Guo wrote his theses, monographs, poems and other works. Many manuscripts, books and documents are still kept there.
It used to be the embassy of Mongolia in China. Guo Moruo moved to this mansion since November 1963, and led his 15-year life here. On the gate of his residence, there is a tablet with five Chinese characters "郭沫若故居", which was written by Deng Yingchao，wife of ex-premier Zhou Enlai(周恩来)
Chui Hua Men(垂花门) of fomer residence traditionally functionalized as the division of front mansion（the public room for family gathering and meeting friends） and back mansion(private room). Through the Chui Hua Men, there are main house, auxiliary house and east&west subordinate houses as well as backyard. In this section, visitors can see Guo Moruo's life-long contribition in the field of literature, history, archeology, translation and other realms. It is the location of Mr. Guo's living room, office and sitting room. crossing the small-scale Chinese- Rose Garden(小月季园), it was the place of Mr. Guos to research and practice calligraphy. the westside house is the stack room to reserve Guo Moruo's manuscripts and stored books. The most attractive spots are the gingko and tree peony which are said to be planted by this couple.
||09:00 – 16:30 (Closed on Monday)|
Chinese Scenic Spot-Beijing's Siheyuan
Beijing's historical residences