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“Somber and serene”

Bao Zheng's Ancestral House of Anhui
Ranked #7 of 106 things to do in Hefei
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

As I visited on a regular weekday afternoon in winter, the place was not crowded. The tallest building (as seen in the picture) is a 5-storey monument (accessible by elevator) to the life, philosophies and works of Justice Bao, a judge renowned for his sense of righteousness and equity as much as for his "blackened" face. In reality, at least from the portraits drawn of him, his face was not any darker than the average Chinese's. This site is situated in what seems to be a pleasant park to spend a quiet afternoon in, and is centrally located. Would definitely recommend a trip there.

The combo ticket costs 50 yuan (or around 46-47 on one of the travel apps) and covers 4 related sites, including this one. Children up to 18 years of age can get in for free, but this was not always enforced consistently at each of the 4 sites. A friend who was 18 going 19 was not allowed to get in at a garden/pavilion site (whose name I forget) because the entry assistants insisted that she was no longer 18 but over 18, even though she was not 19 yet. In the end, she went to get a student ticket but it turned out unnecessary as the very small site was basically under renovation, and all the other sites allowed her to get in for free on proof of her national ID, which indicated her birthday. If it happens to you, don't even bother arguing (if you can speak enough Mandarin to be able to do so), just skip it.

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Reviewed 7 September 2016

Lord Bao was a judge in ancient China. And he was not political in all his dealings. He was a tough judge, but a fair judge. He was willing to go after royalty and peasant's alike for broken laws and rules. The grounds are beautifully kept, lots of Lotus flowers, wax museum displays and signs in both English and Mandarin. It is small, less than 1.5 hours to go through everything. It was a nice local diversion.

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

A good place to hangout.
Good scenery and historic temple inside the park is a highlight.
It closes at 5.30 pm, so get there before that

Thank Sree D
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

This is a very large area of parkland devoted to legendary figure of justice, Bao Zheng. It is in fact part of the old city moat which still surrounds most of Hefei city centre, but expanded into several interconnecting lakes. Willows, Chinese-style humpbacked bridges, small walkways, zig-zag paths, electric and pedal rowboats and pavillions, it is a quintessentially Chinese park, which is free to enter - apart from the four main buildings:
Nestled among the trees, these buildings include Bao Zheng's house and gardens, his tomb, and a large pagoda. Buying an entry ticket allows you to visit all four of these.
The house is beautifully set up with exhibitions and recreations of the living space of such a gentleman, and is set on a tree-adorned island in the lake. Meanwhile the pagoda has (I think) 7 storeys and gives a wonderful view of the park and city on one of the rare clear days in Hefei.

The feel of the whole place is laid back and relaxed. Quite a few people will be strolling around most days, and it's a good place to take a breather when exploring Hefei.

Tip1: if you exit the far Northern end of the park you will be just opposite the huge Wanda building with its department store, up-market shops (including Carrefour) and large selection of restaurants.
Tip 2:The Southern end gives access to a number of buses that travel to the South and South-West of the city.
Tip 3: if you have time you can carry on following the water way right around the city. It's about 9km in total, and traverses three major water-featured parks, and is mostly tree-lined the rest of the way.

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Reviewed 27 April 2015

Not all park is worth to visit. When i was here, most of the place is still under renovation or repair. Some of the park which is a waste of time(i bought a 40 Yuan all site ticket). The major place to visit from this Bao Gong Yuan(Bao Gong Park) is to visit the tomb site, family tomb site, and the temple. The rest is not worth your time as it only show picture of some russian official came to the park.

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