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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and he will advise you according to your wishes and your budget. (see my reviews for Pingyao).