Former national labor union site opens to visitors


The site of the National Labor Union Secretariat, a?shikumen?residential building on Chengdu Road N. near Xinzha Road, reopened to the public on Saturday after a year of renovations

Just after the establishment of the Communist Party of China in 1921, the secretariat was founded to organize labor movements. It was the cradle of the National Labor Union, established in May 1925.

The site is not just the original where the secretariat was located. During renovation, two more adjacent?shikumen?were incorporated to provide more exhibition space.

The permanent exhibition has been improved with more details of the earliest labor movements in Shanghai and China led by the Party, more display items and more interactive features.

About 1,000 items have been collected from Beijing, Hunan, Wuhan, Jinan and Guangzhou, and a 150 are on show to visitors.

The “top treasure” is a very rare collection of all six issues of “The Communist,” a periodical the Party produced immediately after its founding.

There is also a rare picture of a rickshaw driver pulling a foreign soldier, and local police reports in English of secretariat activities to which the authorities were extremely hostile at the time.

The memorial also contains 20 badges of labor unions from bot before and after the founding of the PRC.

The museum is open every day except Mondays from 9am to 11:30am and from 1pm to 4:30pm. Admission is free.

Some of the content of the exhibition is in English.

Source: SHINE Editor: Cai Wenjun

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