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Address: NO. 18 Yuanbao Street, Hangzhou 310002, China
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The owner was told to have up to 12 wives .... Magnificent house which definitely worth the visit. Do not miss the caves. A little bit out of the city center but do not hesitate... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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90 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner was told to have up to 12 wives .... Magnificent house which definitely worth the visit. Do not miss the caves. A little bit out of the city center but do not hesitate to take a taxi for 20 rmb and visit.

Thank hamelinp1972
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

成人入门费为20元。 进门左转是天井,那里停放着非常漂亮的木雕轿子。 往里走有四棵盆栽,向右走经过走廊就可以慢慢了解胡雪岩的一生和这豪宅的建筑特色。 在建筑用材上,采用了银杏木,楠木,酸枝木,紫檀木,南洋杉等名贵木材,装饰上使用砖雕,木雕,石雕,堆雕,彩绘等。喜欢中国传统中建筑的朋友可以细细品味。 其中最吸引我的为金丝楠木厅,屋檐上的雕刻仿佛散发着金光。 另一处亮点则是那古老的通讯系统,让胡老爷可以随时呼唤下人,方便避开夫人呼叫喜爱的小妾?(一笑) 最吸引大家合照的则是芝园啦,有古楼,有假山,有小桥流水还有鱼儿。值得一看。 Tips: Get a tour guide for better experience & understanding if you cannot understand Chinese word as all descriptions inside are in Chinese.

Thank ccwanna
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

Went there today , certainly worth having a look , the history quite interesting, we enjoyed a tea and had a good hour then went over the road and up the hill plenty of shops and older buildings in that area

Thank Robert S
Carmel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Alice P
Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 451 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Cali, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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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228 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank ERIC W
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Thank yearlytrips

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