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Qiaojiabao Village, Dongguan Town, Pingyao County 030901, China
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

The master had six wives and each one has her own courtyard, but the favourite had not only her courtyard but a beautiful garden with pagoda and lake too. Qiao family courtyard is about an hour away from Pingyao Ancient City, so hire a car...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

This 9,000 square metre, private residential compound was constructed in the last half of the 18th century. It has 313 room and 25 courtyards of varying sizes. The courtyards include a grand courtyard, five other large, and 19 smaller ones. Its most famous resident was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

Actually, I didn’t know about this place or family in the history. They are a successful businessman dated back to Qing dynasty. He is a trader for tea, beancurb and many others..this place becomes famous when a movie shot by Zhang Yi Mou director received...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

This place has amazing potential but suffers from pretty poor curation and lack of signage in more than just Chinese and at times English. The dioramas were all pretty much without good explanation or very broken English. The curators could do with going to museums...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

It’s an eye opening experience.. huge mansion of the old time Super rich that’s well preserved and worth a visit. A movie was filmed here before. A visit there gives me a better understanding and feel of how the filthy rich led their lives.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

Lots of fascinating history associated with this family. On a much smaller scale than Beijings Forbidden City but here you can actually go inside all the rooms and see all the artefacts. Much more interesting. But as with some of the other sights, you really...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 4, 2018

I quite enjoyed Zhang Yimou's film, "Raise the Red Lantern," so I was really tickled to be able to come here. It was a bit overcrowded with domestic tourists on group tours, which is often a problem in China since they tend to be noisy...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Loneostrich
Reviewed January 30, 2018

There are more than a few big family compounds sprawled over the region. We visited Qiao's Family Compound and Wang's Family Compound. Qiao's smaller, more intricate and better maintained than Wang's but it is very much more crowded. Recommend that you visit at least one...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed October 27, 2017

The main attraction of this place was that it was used as a set for the Red Lantern movie. In real life, there weren't any red lanterns unless on auspicious occasions. But now to satisfy the tourists, red lanterns are strung up everywhere. There is...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 27, 2017

Because of a movie it has become a very crowded place. It is also pretty expensive when you compare to what you can see and visit in Pingyao. It does not add anything to it and is a bit repetitive. Not worth spending that money...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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August 31, 2016|
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Response from frenchteddywww | Reviewed this property |
I also advise to use a private car and guide even if it is not that far away from Pingyao. I also recommend to use Jonathan as a guide. His phone +86 158 3503 3752. His English is impeccable, he is very honest and flexible... More
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Response from chandad2013 | Reviewed this property |
You cant miss the guides for hire because they are directly across from the ticket counters. We also booked a driver that took us to Pingyao for a couple days and then to the Qiao compound.