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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 70 attractions in Lijiang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites
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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 NEW

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 reviews 5 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
56 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
63 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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Pending, Sarawak, Malaysia
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is probably one of the last "tourist attractions" left in the Old Town (the other is the old market). We couldn't find any good English speaking guides so I suppose China is still catering for its Domestic tourism and sees little value for the foreigners. What a shame. The buildings in this Mufu Place are relatively well maintained. The... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Do not miss this well looked after and beautiful mansion when visiting Lijang. And do cross the bridge to the Jade Garden for a pleasant finish to your visit.

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