Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan), Lingshi County

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Take a step back in time and imagine the daily life of one of China’s wealthiest families at Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan). One of the biggest luxurious residential complexes in China--with nearly 8,000 rooms--was built by one of the four families of the Qing dynasty during the second half of the 18th and first decade of the 19th centuries. The complex is divided into two large sections or courtyards, connected by a wide brick bridge. The east courtyard feels like a labyrinth of alleys, kitchen yards, and school yards, while the larger west courtyard--also called “red gate castle” after its red gate opening on to the main street--houses the world's only museum dedicated to Wang culture. See old calligraphy paintings, antique furnishings, chinaware, and jade carvings. Climb the top of the fort for panoramic views of the entire surrounding area. A visit to Wang's Family Compound (Wang Jia Dayuan) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Lingshi County trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Located some ten kilometres of Pingyao, this "House" (in fact become a mini City according to successive enlargements) is a wonderful place not to be missed.
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  • We visited Qiao's Family Compound and Wang's Family Compound. Wang's compound is very much larger, less crowded but not as well-maintained at Qiao's. Qiao's have some English write-ups but you can har...  more »
  • Another well preserved family courtyard to visit in Jinsheng, almost all similar to me. But having heard this one was the biggest among the rest in Shanxi. You must visit the small local village outsi...  more »

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