I loved the gardens, but more I liked that we're not staying in the hotel - the place is wonderful for a short visit, but uncomfortable to stay (our friend stayed inside).
The Zhu Family Mansion was the former residence and ancestral temple of Zhu Weiqing during the Qing Dynasty. It took about 30 years to complete the whole mansion and its gardens. The buildings are either parallel or perpendicular to each other that they are juxtaposed in an orderly manner. Each of the 42 patios has delicate and traditional Chinese architectural... More
Amazing old building with series of courtyards in a maze layout. A small museum with photos of former days, and a large garden out back.
If you have the time this a very pleasant attraction. We spent much time sitting in the garden at the back of the small lake just taking in the ambience of the place. It is well maintained for its age and provides an incite of how the family used to live. The wood carvings are very ornate and detailed. There... More
Historic Qing Dynasty home and grounds. Chrysanthemums are in full bloom now -- they are traditional Autumn flowers in China. Grounds had an authentic feel and had not been modernized for the tourist trade. Small "Potted trees" were a highlight. It was busy when I was there because of the Golden Week holidays (Mid Autumn plus National Day) but it... More
We stayed there, so we also visited. Gives you a great impression of the lifestyle of wealthy families in the early 20th century. The place could you a bit of fresh paint, but still breaths elegance.
You have to read the history about it, how it was taken over. The best would be staying in their hotel.
we had a small room with 2 old beds and felt like an ancient chinese family . Nice courtyards to play hide & seek for the kids, nice places to sit for the parents - a perfect chinese hotel
The house is impressive and well-maintained, but it's expensive to get in (50 RMB at the time of my visit) and it's difficult to imagine what life there would have been like from the information in English provided. There are guides available and perhaps it would have been worth using one to get more from the visit.
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