Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall

Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall (曹雪芹纪念馆) in  Liaoyang city, Liaoning, China

Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall (曹雪芹纪念馆) in Liaoyang city, Liaoning, China by Derek Harkness. Sourced via Flickr under All rights reserved.

"The Dream of Red Mansions," is one of the four most famous novels of China. It was written by Cao Xueqin around the year 1640 - at the time of change form the Ming to the Qing dynasties. Cao failed to finish the writing but the book was completed after his death. The Dream of Red Mansions was a controversial book at the time. It was critical of the ruling classes and court life and some saw it as subversive to the new Qing Emperor, favouring the reinstatement of the Ming dynasty. Over the years there has been much debate as to where Cao Xueqin was born. Liaoyang has been put forward as the likely location. In 1995 a Memorial to Cao Xueqin was opened in Liaoyang.

The museum is located in the centre of Liaoning city. It is formed out of two old traditional houses, similar to the one Cao Xueqin might have lived in, though not his actual house. The houses are courtyard houses and interesting to see in themselves. The displays inside the museum are all in Chinese. If visiting the museum it would be useful to take a translator with you. Entry to the museum in free.

Map showing location of Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall

Above: Location of Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall in Liaoyang, Liaoning, China