Sizhai Village

Sizhai Village, Zhuji

Sizhai Village
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Architectural Buildings
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catpix
By catpix
Worth a visit!
Jan 2015
Sizhai Village is only 35 km from Zhuji, but it's a world away from the bustle of urban life. No high rises, traffic jams or polluted air—you’ll find only lush landscapes, fresh air, agricultural fields, and a unique experience of life in the Chinese countryside. The “Si” clan has lived in this region for more than a millennia; the "Si" name goes back even further to ~240 AD when Emperor Sun Quan bestowed the name on a family whose sons had shown extraordinary filial piety. Original structures-- some dating back to the 1800s-- include a schoolhouse; ancestral shrine; study area previously used by scholars; a small “Western-styled” home (where noted author Zhang Ai-ling once stayed!); and several large multi-unit buildings that still house many generations of the “Si” clan. The largest, known as “Qian Zhu Wu,” has 1,000 pillars and is exceptional for its size and architecture (see entry below). There is much history here, and the local residents are friendly and welcoming. Some buildings have educational displays in Chinese (a limited number are in English). While many of China’s cultural treasures have become far too commercialized, Sizhai Village is a hidden gem and worth finding your way to!... as you wander around this small community, you have the opportunity to experience the rhythms of rural life, seemingly unchanged for several generations but full of history and interesting stories. Enjoy an authentic “Si” village experience in Zhejiang’s beautiful countryside—while it still exists! To visit, find the bus to Sizhai Village (labeled “斯宅”) leaving from Zhuji's main bus terminal. It leaves every ½ hr and takes ~1 hr; buy a ticket after boarding (7RMB). If traveling from Hangzhou, take a high-speed train to Zhuji train station, then local bus to the bus terminal.

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bytesingapore
singapore210 contributions
nice place to go to if you are into the cultural scenes
May 2018
nice place to go to if you are into the cultural scenes
not crowded, so its also a good place to go for photography
great lighting there
Written June 27, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

catpix
New York17 contributions
Worth a visit!
Jan 2015 • Family
Sizhai Village is only 35 km from Zhuji, but it's a world away from the bustle of urban life. No high rises, traffic jams or polluted air—you’ll find only lush landscapes, fresh air, agricultural fields, and a unique experience of life in the Chinese countryside. The “Si” clan has lived in this region for more than a millennia; the "Si" name goes back even further to ~240 AD when Emperor Sun Quan bestowed the name on a family whose sons had shown extraordinary filial piety.

Original structures-- some dating back to the 1800s-- include a schoolhouse; ancestral shrine; study area previously used by scholars; a small “Western-styled” home (where noted author Zhang Ai-ling once stayed!); and several large multi-unit buildings that still house many generations of the “Si” clan. The largest, known as “Qian Zhu Wu,” has 1,000 pillars and is exceptional for its size and architecture (see entry below). There is much history here, and the local residents are friendly and welcoming. Some buildings have educational displays in Chinese (a limited number are in English).

While many of China’s cultural treasures have become far too commercialized, Sizhai Village is a hidden gem and worth finding your way to!... as you wander around this small community, you have the opportunity to experience the rhythms of rural life, seemingly unchanged for several generations but full of history and interesting stories. Enjoy an authentic “Si” village experience in Zhejiang’s beautiful countryside—while it still exists!

To visit, find the bus to Sizhai Village (labeled “斯宅”) leaving from Zhuji's main bus terminal. It leaves every ½ hr and takes ~1 hr; buy a ticket after boarding (7RMB). If traveling from Hangzhou, take a high-speed train to Zhuji train station, then local bus to the bus terminal.
Written December 1, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

haiwen
Beltsville, MD8 contributions
A village with 1000 years of history
May 2011
If you are interested in village life of the past centuries, this is worth a drive into the hills by paddies, tea groves and DongBai Hu lake. Si zhai means the home of "Si" and the clan has lived here continuously for 1000 years! The village is situated by a river and surrounded by scenic mountains. Highlights include an ancestral shrine Hua Guo gong (華國公), a residential complex supported by a thousand columns (千柱屋) built by a successful merchant, and an elementary school (斯民小學). The village has retained its authentic flavor and is not yet commercialized.
Written December 27, 2011
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