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Palazzo della Famiglia Mu (Mufu Palace)

Southwest of the Old Town, Lijiang 674100, China
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Ranked #5 of 71 Attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It took some effort to find the entrance to this site as the signs leading the way were unreliable but it was worth the peristence. We enjoyed our visit to Mufu Palace even though it was obviously a restored copy of the original. What we didn't like was the extra charge imposed to complete the climb to the top of... More

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Shanghai, China
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

It's actually not the original palace, and was only founded by local people at the remaining area a few years ago. That's probably why it looks so much like the forbidden city. All the details are poorly made with the cheap paints just to impress the tourists. The ancient Buddhism paintings from 400 years ago are also poorly protected. When... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A bit like a shrunk down version of the Forbidden City. Makes you think about how so few people had so much wealth prior to the communist takeover. And, sometimes it seems it's going back that way in China.

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Beijing, China
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I found Goullart, P., Forgotten Kingdom, J. Murray, 1957 at the airport only when I was leaving Lijiang. It answered a burning question I had when touring the Palace: what happened to the Mu family? Goullart recorded that the 'Prince of Mu' succumbed to the pleasures of opium and was reduced to working for Goullart as his Secretary.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

If you've been to Beijing, then the layout of this Palace will be familiar, on a smaller scale. A very nice serious of pavilion buildings and court yards, culminating in a nice garden. This then leads to steps that take you up Lion Hill. An interesting part of a circuit around Ancient Lijiang Town, and a refreshing break from the... More

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Singapore
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10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The highlight of Lijiang Old Town - Not to be missed! Guide gave an interesting insight into the Mu Governor's palace. It was apparently a location with good fengshui, with the jade dragon mountain on the left and tiger leaping gorge on the right. The most interesting being the explanation why there was no barrier wall being built around Lijiang.... More

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Shanghai
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26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Note that it's another 50 Rmb fee to go higher up to Lion Hill. Plenty of places to sit, have a snack and enjoy the sunshine!

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Livingston, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We enjoyed our self-guided tour of the Mufu palace very much. The palace is expansive and great for taking beautiful pictures. As you walk to the higher grounds of the palace, the view of the town and surrounding mountains are also incredible.

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Hong Kong
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Once you step inside, you'll appreciate the good life of people once lived there. Many gorgeously built buildings, beautiful landscapes that help you forget what's going on outside your own little world. Many good spots for taking photos.

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New York City, New York
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78 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

delightful. this is a palace of the Mu familiy that reigned on the city for 400 years. delightful buildings in courtyard with pretty view on the hill, it is a heaven of piece.

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