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The Former Residence of Zhan Tianyou

The Former Residence of Zhan Tianyou in Guangzhou

Zhan Tianyou (26 April 1861 – 24 April 1919), “the father of China’s railroad”, was responsible for the first railroad constructed in China without foreign assistance (from Beijing to Zhangjiakou). A Guangzhou-native, Zhan was chosen to study in America at the age of 12 and graduated from Yale University with a BA in civil engineering. Upon his return, Zhan’s contribution to China’s railway development cannot be understated.

Zhan's former residence was a very typical house between the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China. Inside the house is such old furniture as the old Chinese square table, stools and sleeping chair. On one of the walls hangs a couplet reading "Living simply with celestial beings as his companions; Possessing unyielding character that is rare in the real world", a commentary phrase from one of his friends.

The memorial houses a good collection of Zhan’s belongings including the steel rail from the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, the copper bell used at the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway, the sample box of steel, the drawing apparatus, copybook and ink dish as well as his self-drafted resume, and an replica of instruction from Yuan Shikai (President of the Republic of China from March 10, 1912-January 1, 1916). The historical materials in the memorial are divided into three categories to illustrate different themes: his earliest residence in Guangzhou and study overseas; returning from overseas and start to import advanced technology and equipment to build the railway and protect national railway sovereignty; his patriotism and professionalism.



Admission Fee: Free of charge

Opening Hours: 10:00 am ~5:30 pm
(closed on Mondays)

Address: Enning Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou

Chinese Address: 广州恩宁路十二甫西芽菜巷42号 詹天佑故居

How to get there

  • Takes subway line 1 or line 6  and get off at Huangsha Station. Out of Exit B and walk around 370 yards (340m)toward Northwest.