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Shajiabang, a revolutionary history!
Shangjiabang is located in the southeast of the city of Changshu in Jiangsu province and about an hour drive from Suzhou city. A new elevated highway from Suzhou to Changsu is under construction and expected to be opened in October that will reduce time to 30 minutes. I did some research online about this place and found an interesting anecdote.
Shajiabang was part of the guerrilla base, where the local resistance force Jiangkang (Jiangnan Anti-Japanese Volunteer Army), subsequently incorporated into the New Fourth Army, fought against the Japanese Invaders in the intricate waterways of the area.
In 1939 more than thirty wounded and sick Jiangkang soldiers led by Commissar Guo Jianguang could not move on with their troops. They stayed in the area of Shajiabang and were hiding from the Japanese and Nationalist troops near Shajiabang. Sister A Qing was an underground agent of the CCP who used to run a local tea shop as cover. With the help of local residents and her own intelligence, she managed to protect the wounded soldiers from the Japanese invaders and Commander Hu and Advisor Diao of the Nationalist forces. Commissar Guo and his soldiers survived all adversities and returned to Shajiabang to wipe out the enemy.
Apart from the historical aspect, you can also enjoy this place for it's wide range of natural elegance including forest, lake, bridges and canals. You will also find local village and street, locally made rice wine and many recreational activities. For a day long family tour, I would highly recommend this place.
Shajiabang, a historical place
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