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Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)

Jingsheng Town, Lingshi County 031308, China
0354-7722122
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San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

After wandering amongst all the grayish-brown buildings my friend and I decided we felt sorry for the people who used to live there. No greenery or gardens to explore. Each building and courtyard seemed alike, nothing to distinguish one from another except one was higher up the mountain. Maybe we're a bit jaded from living in China so long, but... More

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France
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

The place is huge. Take your time. After the Forbidden City & the Confucius Family Mansion, this place is the next biggest in China. Parts were undergoing renovation (April 2013) but generally it's in very good condition. Easy day trip from Pingyao - maybe combine it with Zhangbi Underground Castle.

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xi an
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

one of the richest family in shan xi province .very successful business man .hundreds of rooms to meet family needs .especially the architecture of the house from 300 years ago .from family city wall .you can see some old cave dewlling under the wall . beautiful view from the top of the wall .

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I found the Wang Family Courtyard very interesting - to see the ancient layout and construction. It's called a 'courtyard' because it is many many courtyard residences all together of traditional wooden construction. A great insight into how a successful merchant family lived during this period (construction 1762 - 1811). It is quite touristy and as a result much of... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We went to the Wang family Compound not really appreciating what it was we were about to see and came away absolutely spellbound by the sheer beauty and scale of this residence. Personally, I found it the finest example of classical Chinese architecture that we had seen. And even though it is a massive complex, there is a surprising intimacy... More

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Glasgow
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We arranged a day trip to Wang Family Courtyard, followed by a lunch nearby and then on to Zhangbi Underground City through the Harmony Guesthouse in Pingyao. We went with a small group in a comfortable people carrier. Sorry I cannot remember the cost but do recall it being worth it for two of us rather than arrange private transport.... More

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Pennsylvania, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2010

The Wang Family Compound showcases three walled areas (about the size of cities) which provided homes for a huge extended family. The family initially worked in the agricultural arena, but eventually became wealthy merchants, based on their hard work. It is said to be the largest family compound still in existence. The architecture is well maintained and illustrates the many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

Absolutely stunning place - beautiful. It is definitely worth seeing if you like Chinese architecture/interior design etc... Not even comparable to seeing the Qiao's Family compound which I assume is only more visited because it is closer and famous after being used in the Raise the Red Lantern film. Really worth visiting and we were very surprised that we had... More

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