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Address: No.144 Beiyuan men, Lianhu District, Xi'an 710003, China
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Enjoyable visit to this calm sanctuary

It would be easy to walk past the narrow entranceway and miss this ancient house and with its strong sense of yesteryear. But we were glad to have entered and sensed how... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
pvandeven
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It would be easy to walk past the narrow entranceway and miss this ancient house and with its strong sense of yesteryear. But we were glad to have entered and sensed how well-to-do families centuries ago lived and developed. The courtyards and reliefs in wood and stone are exquisite. The musical and puppet performances are other worldly, in strong contract... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

We were with a private tour guide and admission to this area was included in our tour. Even with a guide, there wasn't much to see, a courtyard and some non -descript rooms of an upper class official. Others mentioned having tea, we didn't get any and then tried multiple times to see the shadow puppet performance. Our a chinese... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Most of the building still in original form, you get to see how the students used to live. There you can also purchase a ticket to watch to short shadow play.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

We were invited to visit this ancient building and courtyards by one of the official workers there... Didn't know what we were in for but in face we were charmed! 'Peter' showed us round with s huge amount of enthusiasm. 35RMB each. Included a visit to the tea room and the puppet show. Both low key but delightful.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

It is a very well preserved house and if you understand Chinese, the tour guide will explain to you the history of the owner and also the pieces of clothing and jewelry in the little museum they have in the back house. My tour guide (10 yuan extra) explained a few things that I didn't know in which I thought... More 

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Shanghai, China
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

We payed 35 RMB per person to tour the house, see a shadow puppet performance, and taste tea. There wasn't anything to see in the house, in fact, some rooms looked more like storage rooms for other projects unrelated to the house. There was no information available (in English or Chinese) about history or uses besides a placard with a... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2015

It was hidden between some shops so you need to look out for unit number 144. It didn't cost too much to get in. It was rather nice although compared to the Great Mosque, it seems a little erm.... not so special. There were a lot of room and they had signs on top of every room so you know... More 

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Ubud, Indonesia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2014

The appeal of this house was lost on me -- it is a house owned by a moneyed civil official of no particular note, containing a few remaining pieces of mahogany colonial furnishings that in their day would have been quite grand. That's about it. I might have given this 3 stars vs. 2, but for the three tiny birdcages... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013

It was such a joy to find this traditional courtyard in the busy Muslim quarter. We went in one late afternoon and also saw the puppet shadow show which lasted about 20 minutes. The complex is very pretty with little nooks and crannies here and there. This complex still has a lived in feel to it and is also well... More 

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Chengdu, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013

You will find this place as you wander the far more interesting and fun streets of the Muslim area. It is an ancient merchants house, but I'm afraid unless you want to view the architecture there is little else to see. Some rooms have some dusty old chairs in them, most of the paintwork has peeled away and the whole... More 

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