Fu was born in a riverside home, occupying an area of 1,500 square meters, in the village of Wanglou in Shanghai's Pudong New Area.
The abode, consisting of 36 rooms, was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and renovated in the late Qing Dynasty (1936-1912). Time left its mark on the house, which underwent six months of renovation before opening to the public.
Fu lived there before the age of four. The house has now been turned into a museum, where visitors can learn about the highlights and major events of Fu's childhood and his later life, including the period following his return from France where he studied at a young age.
The exhibits and illustrations are divided into three sections covering his life, the Fu family's education and traditions, and letters exchanged between Fu and his son.
A house accommodating the master as a teenager
After the age of four, Fu moved to Zhoupu, a small town miles away from his birthplace, along with his mother. They settled down in a rented house until he was 19. The house witnessed the teenage years of Fu, which are thought to have influenced the erudite later in life.
The house Fu Lei lived in between the age of four and 19. /VCG Photo
At that time, Fu's mother invited a private tutor to teach him at home. Sitting in a small room next to the study, the mother supervised her son through a window while doing needlework. She is said to have closely monitored her son's studying sessions until she could recite the lines in books before Fu could.