I’ve long been curious about this building at 50 Zhongshan Dong Lu (中山东路). I knew what it was, but wondered why it had been abandoned for years. There was a sign on the wall indicating that it had once been home to Liuzhou Lianhua printing works, but nothing else. It looked like it was kept in good repair, but I never saw any signs of life and certainly wasn’t ever open.
Last weekend, I again passed by and to my astonishment, it was open for the first time in decades.
It seems that the building has become an outpost of Liuzhou Museum and is now open 6 days a week (Closed Mondays).
There is little in the building to reflect its past as a printing shop, but it is interesting, to me at least, to see the architecture and they have decorated the place with old, but irrelevant, historical photographs taken around Liuzhou in the 1930s and 1940s. AS with the main museum, nothing is captioned or explained in anything other than Chinese.
There are also some oddities like this mural
and random furniture.
When you get to the third floor at the top, you find out the real significance of the building and why it has been preserved. Not only was it the local printers’ shop, but it was all the secret HQ of the revolutionary and illegal communist party during the 1930s and 1940s.
Entrance is free but they would like you to sign in, a mere matter of giving any name and any phone number. No ID is checked. There are also a (very) few books and souvenirs on sale. It is just along Zhongshan Road from McDonald’s and the Xinhua bookstore, one block to the right of here, the dogleg off the main pedestrian street.
Now I want to know why they have preserved but abandoned the old Liuzhou Electricity Co HQ. What was it a cover for?