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“very big-deserve a short visit” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)

Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)
Jingsheng Town, Lingshi County 031308, China
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Tehran, Iran
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“very big-deserve a short visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Very big compound:150000 square meter,more than 200 courtyards and more than 2000 rooms in a labyrinth map.there are also small houses around in the nearby village ,which looks man made caves.

Visited October 2014
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Hangzhou, China
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“Big for family compound”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The compound was built by Wang's descendant around the world (there are 216 descendant from Wang's around the world contributed for this place), apparently this place build for the museum purpose. There are brief introduction on "courtyard no 1" if you can find it (i found it by mistake - funny why they put it on such a place and not in the front area). The compound is really big with a lot of backyard, and also there is small "wall" around it, it was amazing.

There are some painting exhibition scattered around the place, some are really beautiful, also there are some comic and newspaper collection - but as like other place, not many english information found - there are audio tour rental guide, but i didn't use the service. In overall i really like this place, not really crowded, you can enjoy your time there for sight seeing and the exhibition, but unfortunately lack information in english.

How to get there - as it's pretty far (appr. 1 hour Pingyao) you need to rent a car/taxi - try to find the information from your hotel in Pingyao, the price range could be as far as from 50RMB to 400RMB. I got mine from Zheng Jia hostel in Yamen street, the staff there can speak basic english, and really helpful, paid 80RMB for 2 place (Wang's and Zhangbi undergorund castle), consider the place pretty far with the waiting time, the price is reasonable, the car is an old car, nothing fancy, but do the work. This is a sharing car, so you might meet other tourist.

The place attract 55RMB entrance fee, and the driver will allow 2 hours for this place. IF you don't book for Zhang Bi castle, please make sure you check how to get back to pingyao beforehand, as that's the case with some of the other people sharing car with us, and i do not know how they get back to pingyao (i didn't ask, since the driver can't speak English and i can't speak Chinese), as i went to Zhang Bi, we (me and other couple from UK) continue to use the car and later back to Pingyao.

Visited October 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Better than Pingyao, but Redundant after awhile.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I wish tripadvisor allowed reviewers to give 1/2 scores. This place is a 3.5 star attraction. Slightly better than Pingyao, but after a few courtyards, everything starts to look the same. My wife and I had to pay 400 yuan round trip for our own personal driver for the day whom we had organized when searching for guides of Pingyao. Expensive by Chinese standards and a bit pricey given the quality of Wang Compound and Zhongbi fortress. We were able to find areas of peace and quiet which made it possible to envision what it might have been like to live in the compound. Worth a trip if you're in Pingyao, but not worth going out of your way to plan when vacationing in China.

Visited September 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Go here before everyone finds out and ruins it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This was so much more affecting that the Forbidden Palace or other cultural landmarks in Beijing, where you’re so crowded by humanity it’s hard to be fully receptive to the architectural beauty & details around you. We visited in Sept. 2012 and almost had the whole place to ourselves. Wandering through the passages you feel like you’ve entered a wormhole to 18th century China, as you’ll frequently find yourself all alone.

More than a single family “home”, the Wang Courtyard is like a vast ancient city of connecting courtyards and bridges and corridors and stairwells. There are so many fascinating details and views. It’s a photographer’s dream. We spent hours exploring all the niches and carvings around ev. corner.

It’s about an hour’s drive from Pingyao.

p.s. There’s another much smaller family compound called “Qiao’s” which the locals apparently call “the toilet,” as it’s not at the level of Wang’s, but as it’s closer to Pingyao it’s more frequently visited. Do yourself a favor and arrange a car (easy) to get you to Wang’s!

Visited October 2013
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San Diego, California
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“If you like lots of gray buildings, this is the place for you”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

After wandering amongst all the grayish-brown buildings my friend and I decided we felt sorry for the people who used to live there. No greenery or gardens to explore. Each building and courtyard seemed alike, nothing to distinguish one from another except one was higher up the mountain. Maybe we're a bit jaded from living in China so long, but there really wasn't anything special about this site. More interesting are the current cave homes of the villagers who live around the large compound that you can see from the compound walls. And in typical Chinese style, they're building another huge family courtyard complex right next store. Sad but the area is so polluted you can barely make out the mountains which surround the courtyard. More interesting were the sites in Ping Yao, including the old catholic church (in a country in which people are not supposed to practice religion). Our teen girls finished this site in 20 minutes. We stretched it out to an hour to feel like we'd gotten our money's worth.

Visited April 2013
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