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 Cheng Lu 
Sheng Xuanhuai (1844-1916), born in a big landlord family, was a leading bureaucrat bourgeois in late Qing Dynasty, the last dynasty in China’s history. His talents and ability were highly appreciated by Li Hongzhang (1823-1901), who was an innovative minister in Qing government and adviser of Westernization Movement. Under the support of Li, Sheng successfully expanded his business in many fields: ship, telegram, textile, banks, etc. In late 19th century, Sheng built a house in Hangzhou for his fourth son, on Nanshan Road at the West Lake. That was Cheng Lu.

During that time, China went through huge political and social changes. After Sheng’s death, his family lost this house and it was taken by the Kuomingtang (KMT) government in 1920s.

Cheng Lu, really began to be known by the public, was because Chiang Kai-shek used it as his honeymoon house in Hangzhou. In 1927, the President of the Republic of China and Director General of the KMT - Chiang Kai-shek (1928-1975), married Soong May-ling, they lived in Cheng Lu for a long time when they honeymooned in Hangzhou. Cheng Lu was one of the three villas loved by Chiang Kai-shek, the other two were Ai Lu in Shanghai and Mei Lu on the Lushan Mountain.

And in 1937, it was in Cheng Lu, that Chiang Kai-shek met Zhou En-lai, who was one of the leaders of China Communist Party, and carried out the formal negotiation of the second cooperation between two parties to resist Japanese invaders. Now Cheng Lu is used as an activity center for retired people.
 
Address: 189 Nanshan Road (beside the First Park at West Lake)
 
 
Sheng Huaixuan in Qing Dynasty  Chiang Kai-shek & Soong May-ling
 
Cheng Lu
 
retired people at the front park
 
 
 
 
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