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Former residence of Xueyan Hu

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Address: No.18 Yuanbao Street, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou 310002, China
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It's an interesting place to wander round for an hour or so. It's difficult to imagine what it must have been like to live here in its day. Watch your step, especially in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It's an interesting place to wander round for an hour or so. It's difficult to imagine what it must have been like to live here in its day. Watch your step, especially in the caves, as the steps are quite slippery, even in dry weather. Parts of the caves are not well lit also.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Located near the historic Hefang Street, this mansion is worth a visit. I enjoyed meandering through its many buildings, pavilions, and grottoes. A few buildings were opened up to see its furnishings as well as a temporary art display. The highlight was the pond area, with its zigzag bridges and arched bridge with a pavilion on top. A few signs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

After the busy, noisy sights and sounds of the West Lake, Hu Xue Yan Mansion is a lovely side trip when visiting Huangzhou. Hu Xue Yan (胡雪岩) is a very rich merchant in China during the late Qing dynasty. Hu’s business empire range from tea, salt, real estate, shipping, banking and firearms. Hu’s mansion reflects his style in business: the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Even when this house was built it was considered a wonder. This is is the castle or mansion of the Western world. Beautifully decorated in the traditional Chinese style with gardens and ponds. Do be aware that this building and it's grounds are not that wheelchair and/or accessible friendly. Keep your ticket on the back of the ticket is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit in the mansion. It is very well kept and every corner has its charm. Do not miss out every little alley, you don't know what you will find. Visiting here gives me a great view of how this rich business man used to live, indeed very interesting. Do bring mosquito spray if you are like... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Some big buildings are just not that interesting. This is the overly large home of a wildly rich merchant. If you are the type of traveler that has to see everything then go but don't worry about skipping it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The house is generally very well maintained. The garden is just lovely that we took a number of nice photos there. It's suggested to understand more about Hu before paying the visit. It took an hour walk. Then you may cross the road and proceed to the Hu Xinyu Chinese Medicine shop which locates along the Walking Street. Some traditional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

3rd day @ Hangzhou. Door ticket: RMB 20, Tour guide: RMB 80 (scenic explanation) Transport: Bus 801, in front of hotel SSAW. TIPS: a) Provide free tour guide at scheduled time. First session is 10am. Aside from visiting a well-preserved Qing's mansion, what really touched my heart is the life story of Hu Xue Yan... what has made his success... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Excellent example of Quing Dynasty residential architecture. The furnished rooms and placement of buildings in the gardens is exquisite. Plantings, rock formations and walkways are designed so there is a perfectly composed picture wherever you look. This is a good place to sit and rest in the middle of a busy touring day.

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Munich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Even after visiting this place for the 2nd time in 2 years, I am still amazed with this residence. The construction, the rocky gardens, the corridors with intricate woodcarvings, the stone carvings and coloured paintings, the 2 rosewood sedan chairs, the many rooms delicately reconstructed... what a fine piece of architecture in the 19th century

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