The Panxian Conference


The Panxian Conference

by Live in Guizhou

Image Source: Sohu News

The venue of the Panxian Conference of the Second and Sixth Red Army was located in Jiujianlou Community, Shuangfeng Town, Panzhou City. A wooden structure with a flat roof and a slanted mountaintop covers an area of 1500 square meters.

Jiujianlou, also known as Wuyingtou or Jiutianlou, was a military camp built by Huang Daobin, the commander of the 5th Division of the 25th Army of the National Revolutionary Army, in 1928. On the evening of March 30, 1936, the leaders of the Second and Sixth Red Army, He Long, Ren Bishi, Guan Xiangying, Xiao Ke, Wang Zhen, Zhang Ziyi and others, held the Zunyi Conference in Jiujianlou, Panxian. The meeting analyzed the national situation and focused on discussing the spirit of the Red Army headquarters’ two instructions to go north. It also studied the issue of moving north or staying in the south. Finally, it was decided to abandon the plan to establish a base between the Nanpan and Beipan rivers. Instead, it was decided to cross the Jinsha River to join the Fourth Red Army in the north to fight against the Japanese.

The Panxian Conference was an extremely significant strategic turning point during the Long March of the Second and Sixth Red Army. The strategic decision to cross the river and go north made at the conference was of utter significance. It contributed to the victory of the three major Red Army forces.