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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Taiwanese diva's home 'for sale'
Teresa Teng (picture: http://www.teresateng.tv)
Teresa Teng died in 1995 aged 42
The Hong Kong home of late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng is being sold so her family can open a museum in her honour in Shanghai, according to reports.

Teng's love songs were banned in the 1980s by Chinese authorities for being "spiritual pollution", and Taiwan used her songs in anti-communist propaganda broadcasts during the cold war.

As relations between China and Taiwan thawed, the ban on Teng's music was eventually lifted.

Although Teng never visited Shanghai, she was infatuated with the city and her family believes its size makes it a better location for a museum than Hong Kong.

Her old house in Hong Kong, which she bought in 1986, eight years before she died, has become a shrine for fans who call her their "eternal sweetheart".

'Worshipping'

Brother Jim Tang Tsang-hsi told the South China Morning Post that there could be some problems with the authorities in China.

"There are not many museums of such a nature on the mainland, as idol worshipping is not encouraged, so I'm not so sure," he said.

"There could be some administrative problems, although I don't think it will be a big issue."

Teng began her singing career aged six in school contests, and became a TV star in her late teens, bringing her widespread fame across southeast Asia, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

During the 1970s and 1980s Teng based herself in Japan and the US.

Her career waned in the 1990s, and she died of an asthma attack in 1995 in Thailand aged just 42.

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