Yun Daiying’s standing statue in the First Room of the Memorial Hall was created by his cousin, Yun Qicang, dean of the Oil Panting Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, graduate tutor. It really reflects Yun Daiying’s spirits and temperament. On the back of the statue was scribbled the inscription by Zhou Enlai in his honour.
The First Room covers two aspects: Family Background and Youth.
The Yun’s family is famous in Changzhou, well-known for their literal achievements and involvement in politics. One of his ancestors worked as the governor of Hunan Province. Yun Jing was the leader of Yanghu School of Literature and the author of Dayunshanfang Wengao (Writings Completed in Dayunshan Study).
Yun Yuanfu, Yun Daiying’s grandfather, was versatile and good at calligraphy and painting. Deeply appreciated by Zhang Zhidong, a prominent politician in the late Qing Dynasty, Yun Yuanfu was appointed as Zhang’s aide in Hubei Province. So the Yun’s family moved from Wujin District, Jiangsu Province and settled in Wuchang, Hubei Province.Because of his nostalgia, he hung the “Yun’s Mansion from Piling” tablet on the front door.
Yun Daiying was born here on August 12, 1895. He was the second child of nine. As his elder brother was bad in health, Yun Daiying’s father pinned all the hopes of family glorification on Yun Daiying.
Yun Daiying showed great intelligence as a child. He was very keen on studying and often self-studied the books from the family’s collection of books. He was able to recite The Three-Character Primer and The Book of 100 Family Names and dozens of the Tang-dynasty poems. As soon as he reached school age, his father sent him to Longzheng Junior Elementary School and later he was transferred to North Wuchang Road Senior Elementary School. Yun Daiying was particularly outstanding in literature and more receptive to western culture and democratic thinking. His writings were often praised by his teachers and hence he had the reputation of an “extraordinary boy”.