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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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A cool complex of ancient Chinese architecture

I stumbled upon this place while visiting He Fang street here in Hangzhou, and I was pleasantly surprised with my visit. This place is a labyrinth of open air areas and cool... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
Hangzhou, China

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Honestly I didn't know him but my friend did, so I went alone. Some big shot in his days. I wasn't paying attention to the house guide all I heard was he had 13 wives, so that explained the size of this house. Without a map guide, I was so lost during the house tour thus losing interest in its... More 

Thank Terry C
Hangzhou, China
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216 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I stumbled upon this place while visiting He Fang street here in Hangzhou, and I was pleasantly surprised with my visit. This place is a labyrinth of open air areas and cool rooms. It was very interesting to see how the rich used to live in 19th century China. The pictures are great and the entrance fee was minimal. The... More 

Thank ERIC W
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

I could have spent hours and hours at this place, it was such a pity the group tour was so rushed. Wonderful photo opportunities and the house, well I would move in tomorrow if I could. A real highlight of the day

Thank yearlytrips
Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Hard to imagine living in this grand residence. Interesting story about the original owner/builder. Lots of nooks and crannies to see. October is a great time to visit - but not during the Chinese holiday from 1-7 October when the place is packed.

Thank BSinPNS
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

we did a short visit in this place and our guide told us the history of this businessman, very interesting life

Thank MALALA88
Hangzhou, China
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

nice to see the former house and how they lived there , nice garden and be careful for the very low hanging tree :) beside its a very nice location to walk around ,close to the west lake and easy to acces also

Thank joostWenzhou
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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.

Thank ADBell
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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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 

3 Thank Celsius2
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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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