Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)

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Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)

Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan)
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,001 contributions
Massive Family Compound... Huge... Impressive
Oct 2019
This compound is very massive. The number of buildings, houses, temples, gardens, and schools are impressive. The designs, decorations, carvings, statues, etc. Feng Shui style built. Various entries via three gates in the compound. It was founded by Wang Shi, the tofu maker of China.
Written February 25, 2020
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN759 contributions
Incredible residential compound
Sep 2019
The Wang Family built a huge compound over many generations with authentically preserved living, working, and dining areas. It takes at least two hours to stroll through the entire place--so photogenic. The government is redoing the village at the base of the compound and during our visit it was a mess. Perhaps they will be done with this upgrade in a year so expect a very touristy prelude to an otherwise authentically historic destination.
Written September 8, 2019
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Chris P
Shanghai, China4,924 contributions
Massive compound
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Wang Compound is a huge compound, in 2 sections. It sort of gets repetitive, but we had a guide who navigated us through all the highlights and shared the history with us
Written April 21, 2019
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ConnoisseurGal
Calgary, Canada190 contributions
Impressive compound, but mostly empty
Feb 2019
We arrived at Wang Family Compound about an hour’s drive outside of Pingyao Ancient City, Shaanxi Province, after going to Qiao Family Compound (the opposite direction). The Wang Compound is very impressive in size, being the collective residences of all descendants and extended family of Governor Wang, who aced the Chinese Imperial exams and became a Very Important Person. The misnomer Compound ought to be called a town. It has a large main section of homes where the main family lived, joined to another walled section that contains many, many homes. Unfortunately, everything was confiscated by the government during the Cultural Revolution and all remaining residents left, housed elsewhere. So the result is a lot of empty buildings, the two large sections linked by a bridge at the top of the walls. There’s not much to see in the second section after you cross the bridge, mostly empty buildings. There were some temporary art exhibitions there, and a museum (follow the arrows) at the top of the hill. Because it was steep and we were getting tired, we opted to skip it. To return to the exit (different from the entry), one has to cross the bridge again. I enjoyed the Qiao Family Compound more, of the famous Raise thr Red Lantern fame. It was smaller, and they made sure there was something interesting at each of the residences.
Written April 13, 2019
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sananda ghoshal
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,117 contributions
simply mindblowing..
Oct 2018 • Solo
i am a huge fan of beautiful architectures. and here you will get to see ancient chinese architecture at its best preserved condition.
it is a rich family's residence. very very huge. the newer portion has better architecture with lots of beautiful carvings, statues and great for pictures. totally loved it
best to go with a guide if possible. its like an hour drive from pingyao.
Written December 1, 2018
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Roger P
St. Asaph, UK57 contributions
Impressive domestic architecture
Oct 2018 • Couples
The visit reveals how wealthy families lived in pre-Republic China. This large complex of buildings was constructed in the 18th century, and comprises 231 courtyards and 2,078 houses. These form parallel family compounds of uniform appearance. Each is broadly similar, but distinguished by the quality of their stone ornamentation. It is these panels that were the highlight for me. There is very little furniture or interior decor.
Written November 12, 2018
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Ray L
Los Angeles, CA165 contributions
well worth the hour drive from Pingyao
Jul 2018 • Couples
this is the largest private family compound in China. in my opinion it is far grander and more interesting then Hearst's Castle in California. The current attraction cover only 1/5 of the original size, but there are more then enough for you to gawk at and enjoy. Every little piece of decoration has its hidden meaning meant to educate of inspire family members, every building is an excellent example of Shanxi residential construction. It is well worth the trip to just have a look at many of the houses and the castle walls that protects the family compound.

note: hiring a car for the day to take you to Wang Family's Compound should cost no more then 250RMB for the trip, or 330RMB if you make it a whole day trip by adding other attractions such as the ZhangBi fortress and Shuanglin Temple. Don't get hoodwinked.
Written July 9, 2018
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fitzfloyd
Melbourne, Victoria354 contributions
Simply wonderful - a holiday highlight
Apr 2018 • Couples
Along with Pingyao, this was one of the highlights of our holiday in China. It is claimed to be the largest residential compound in China outside the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is like an enclosed town and covers 62 acres. It was built between 1762 and 1811 by descendants of the Wang Family who were one of the four richest families in the Qing Dynasty in Shanxi Province.

Perhaps because of its remoteness, it is still under the Western tourist radar, though there were plenty of Chinese visitors on bus tours the day we visited. However, it won't take you long to walk to the outlying corners of the compound, away from the noisy crowds: you'll climb lots of steps and sometimes get lost, but it's part of the fascination of this amazing compound. The surrounding views and the architectural detail of the compound, which apparently comprised 8,000 rooms during the heyday of the Wang clan in the 18th Century, are unforgettable. Today there are 1,118 rooms remaining and, although many are closed to the public, one can still admire them as one walks along the high, outer walls of this fortress-like compound.
Written May 21, 2018
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Taylo102
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN286 contributions
Huge, Historical, Very Interesting and Not Over-Renovated
Mar 2018 • Couples
We visited as part of a day trip from Old Town Pingyao. The four of us (2-60+ and 2-30+) enjoyed this vast historical family and military complex of sites and photo opportunities. The seniors with passport visited for free. While our driver waited we toured the complex of interwinding rooms and hallways and roof-top views for more than two hours. While a weekday, there were tourists galore, yet still spaces without humans. Since it is a half-day experience we still had time to visit the Zhangbi Ancient Fortress and 10 kilometers of tunnels; sort of on the way back to Pinygao.
Written May 8, 2018
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Mario12345
Baoding, China94 contributions
a day trip during a long PingYao weekend
May 2017
we combined the trip with Zhanbi Ancient Castle. Wang´s family compound seem like the small brother of the forbidden city, even its way younger. Equipped with a audio guide and a map we explored the compound. Its a huge areal with building, but similar to also forbidden city all of them are closed. Nevertheless it was worth the trip.
Written April 2, 2018
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