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Former residence of Xueyan Hu, Hangzhou

#5 of 36 in Historic Sites in Hangzhou
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
At Former residence of Xueyan Hu, get a glimpse of the wealth and splendor of the richest merchant of the Qing dynasty. The only merchant who was awarded with a read-topped hat--usually reserved for the court officials--built the residence in 19th century. Go down a secluded alley that leads to the front gate, then notice the shoe-shaped ingot pattern on the floor--a symbol of good fortune. Walk around the labyrinth of open-air corridors, oriental gardens, rocky areas, pavilions, and towers. See the hall, which Hu built to watch opera. Notice the Western-style chandeliers hanging in the main hall, where the merchant used to entertain foreign guests. Use our Hangzhou holiday planner to add Former residence of Xueyan Hu and other attractions to your Hangzhou vacation plans.
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  • This place is primarily oriented to the chinese tourist but you can book into a tour with an english speaking guide which I highly recommend. The architecture and organization of the mansion I found.....  more »
  • Very beautiful residence, however it may be difficult for people who do not understand Chinese. Lots of signs and videos are in Chinese. The residence is very scenic and good for a 2 hour visit and a....  more »
  • Beautiful house full of courtyard and interesting glass. Saw a weird fish flip around on the surface of the water...awesome.
  • A very beautiful residence with a garden like the best ones in Suzhou. The furnitures could be the part of an imperial palace too. I recommend to visit this place in Hangzhou!
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