The Benjamin Morris family estate - now the Ruijin Hotel, -is comprised of four houses, numerous outbuildings and ornate gardens in the French Concession area of Shanghai. The Morris family owned the North China Daily News, the oldest English-language newspaper in China. Prior to opening its doors to the public, the hotel was the official guesthouse of the Shanghai regional government. The first mayor of Shanghai chose the Ruijin as both his office and residence. Leaders of many countries also stayed here: President Soekarno of Indonesia, the Prime Minister of India, President Ho Chi Min of Vietnam, US President Nixon, as well as other government emissaries. In 1979 the Shanghai city government decided to open the hotel to the public. Since that time the hotel has hosted many famous scholars, business leaders, and tourists from all over the world.