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Address: No.18 Yuanbao Street, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou 310002, China
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Excellent example of Quing Dynasty residential architecture. The furnished rooms and placement of buildings in the gardens is exquisite. Plantings, rock formations and walkways... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

A well preserved place to admire Chinese architect. Nothing really out of the ordinary after a while all the houses looks pretty much the same. I love the koi pond and also the hide and seek you can play among the rocks foundation which according to the tour guide is expensive.

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Belfast, N. Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Although a little hard to locate, the visit is well rewarded. The property is magnificent and well preserved. I would advise paying the bit extra for an English speaking guide - ours was very helpful. We got a real insight into 19th c. Chinese life. The garden and ponds are beautiful and you can hang around for as long as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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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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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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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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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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