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Former residence of Xueyan Hu

Address: No.18 Yuanbao Street, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou 310002, China
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Ranked #7 of 238 Attractions in Hangzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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Singapore, Singapore
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I visited the residence with a tour group and was very lucky to had a professional guide of the residence to show us around and explained in details the history that took place in the house. The guide showed us the chambers of Hu Xueyan's 13 wifes, his underground treasury, the huge gardens, the western technology that Hu Xueyan's architects... More 

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Houston, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
11 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

near a fun shopping area. Showcases the "old" way of life, nice restoration and very interesting His old home (ask about the corner that could not be bought..)

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Beijing, China
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98 reviews 98 reviews
27 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is an excellently-restored Qing Dynasty house. There are excellent English-language descriptions and it made for a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese history and get a glimpse of how some people lived more than a 100 years ago. I had low expectations but was really impressed.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was home for a famous Chinese businessman. He had 13 wives and all of them lived in this huge complex peacefully. Interesting!

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Xueyan Hu is a super-rich merchant in Hangzhou, who is famous as the “red top official merchant”. This means he is a government official and a businessman as well. The residence was built in 1872 and used precious building materials which can be comparable to the emperor of the Imperial Palace. The design of the residence is sophisticated and a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is the residence of a former millionaire of Hangzhou. Very nice place there are many gardens and ponds inside the complex, we cannot call it a residence. It has one of the earliest phones in China. There is rain water harnessing in the house. With many of the construction material sourced from Europe those days. The dragon lady makes... More 

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5 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The palace is so unique, so exquisitely made. We exhausted ourselves from so much photo-taking! Every turn of the corner was a beautiful shot to want to bring home.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Brilliant and what more so close to central. Once you are in this place you could not feel or hear the hustle and bustle of the streets. Furniture and decor is totally amazing and the design and layout feels like visiting a palace!

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Hangzhou, China
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Former residence of Xueyan Hu is one of the best South classical gardens and the former residence of a legendary man in Chinese history. Xueyan Hu is the only one in Chinese history that are both a successful business man and also an influential high-ranking official.The former residence is really large and impressive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Hu Xueyan has done great business man by cooperate with government, and also built a luxury garden for his 12+1 wifes. Quite impressive place.

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