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“A bit of quietness in the busy Muslim quarter” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gao Grand Courtyard

Gao Grand Courtyard
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Private Half-Day Cultural Walking Tour of Xi'an
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A bit of quietness in the busy Muslim quarter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

It was such a joy to find this traditional courtyard in the busy Muslim quarter. We went in one late afternoon and also saw the puppet shadow show which lasted about 20 minutes. The complex is very pretty with little nooks and crannies here and there. This complex still has a lived in feel to it and is also well maintained. Highly recommended. You can also explore the busy Muslim quarter right outside, and the Mosque around the corner. This attraction is by far my favourite of Xian.

Visited October 2013
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Chengdu, China
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484 reviews
199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Run down and really not worth the money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

You will find this place as you wander the far more interesting and fun streets of the Muslim area. It is an ancient merchants house, but I'm afraid unless you want to view the architecture there is little else to see. Some rooms have some dusty old chairs in them, most of the paintwork has peeled away and the whole place has an air of neglect about it. A waste of 20rmb!

Visited September 2013
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Xi'an, China
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11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“tranditional chinese gardern complexes in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

nice locations, tranditional chinese buliding refect the life of higher officals in the Qing dynasty

Visited August 2012
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Columbia, South Carolina
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1,633 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 599 helpful votes
“Also known as the Ancient Folk House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Simply beautiful old Ming/Qing Dynasty house complex. The condition is splendid. You can buy tea and go to a puppet show here as well. Me=I just walked around the complex and marveled. So quiet and peaceful-you can't hear the vendors of the muslim quarter outside. It's relaxing, and really inexpensive. This is a true gem in Xi'an. Many rooms are opened for your pleasure. if you love classic Chinese structures=then this is the pace for you. Enjoy!

Visited May 2011
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Hong Kong, China
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“Hidden Treasure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2010

You can easily miss this house if you do not look carefully. It's just on the corner of Beiyuanmen and West Yangshi. We only found it because a person we assumed be some kind of tout approached us on the pavement outside trying to convince us to go in. The compound is an old merchants house, nicely restored and now housing an artists complex. There are several options for entrance fees, which you can combine with a puppet show, shadow theatre show, tea drinking, paper cut making, etc. We chose the shadow theatre. The "tout" turned out to be government guide who was extremely knowledgeable about the house and its history. The artists have a small stall within the compound but there was no hard sell (actually there was no selling pitch whatsoever!). Following the guided tour, we saw a short shadow theatre play (journey to the west) which the kids really enjoyed. Plan on spending about an hour.

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