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Qiao Family's Compound

The Qiao Family's Compound is not only known for its grandeur but also for the exquisite craftsmanship, which is reflected in the brick carvings, woodcarvings, and murals. Viewed from above, the Qiao Family's Compound strangely resembles the double Chinese character, "xi" which means happiness and luck. If you enter through the main gate, through an eighty-meter (about 262 feet) long path, you will find yourself in the main hall where at the western end is an ancestral temple of the family. The Qiao Family's Compound is divided into two sections: the Northern Yard and the Southern Yard. The Northern Yard is divided into three divisions; the Old Yard, the Northwest yard, and the Study Yard while the Southern Yard is divided into the Southeast Yard, the South Yard, and the New Yard. Some other notable features of the compound are the fact that the roof of every house is connected and the roofs themselves boost 140-plus chimneys.
Also, the Compound is grounded in the historical tale of the Qiao Family. The story originated with Qiao Guifa, who started out as an orphan and a servant during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Qiao Guifa rose to stardom with his startup of business with his friend, Qin. The business revolved around selling fodder, bean sprout, and bean curd, and in a couple of years flourished as a successful venture. The The family fortunes began to decline due to the large amount of money offered to the Qing Army and the exploitation of the Japanese army. Here's some guide information in your travel of the Qiao Family's Compound: Address: Qiaojiabao village, Dongguan County, Jinzhong Area,Shanxi Province. Contact number: 0086-354-5321045 Admission Fee:CNY40/ Person  Opening Hours: 08:00-18:30

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