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Former residence of Xueyan Hu

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Address: NO. 18 Yuanbao Street, Hangzhou 310002, China
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Rags to riches and back to rags

This merchant made huge amounts of money through trade, lived like royalty and then went bankrupt and was never heard from again. His house, palatial in size and design is too... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2016
Carmel, California
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Carmel, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This merchant made huge amounts of money through trade, lived like royalty and then went bankrupt and was never heard from again. His house, palatial in size and design is too much to see in one trip. We elected to see about half and were delighted by the mixture of greenery and water. The man lived like an emperor!

Thank SamLLev
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

It's a nice visit to do in Hangzhuo. Well maintained and beautiful designed. Easy to reach by walking from the old street. Affordable price. A quite place in a busy and touristic city. Only bad thing (like in most of China): the shop at the exit. Stupid objects and souvenirs that you find everywhere. A book store or something about... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Unique opportunity to see the classic upscale Chinese home. Hidden behind a huge walls, this combines fabulous oriental design and architecture. Really a very special experience. I like the gardens the best. They were absolutely beautiful. Like all places worth visiting in China, you and 10,000 other people have the same idea.

Thank Jonmun
Cali, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

The former residence of Xueyan Hu is certainly worth raving about. Just stepping into this residence, one is immediately transported into the era of the traditional Chinese lifestyle. This is an ideal location for history and architecture lovers.The design and interior decor of each space within the residence are simply breathtaking. The attention to detail of the living spaces is... More 

Thank Winsome66
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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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 

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Sydney, Australia
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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

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Pensacola Beach, Florida, USA
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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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