Qiao Compound Picture

Qiao Compound was originally the home of the influential Qiao family in Pingyao…

Qiao Compound was originally the home of the influential Qiao family in Pingyao. The compound was built in 1756 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The buildings have been well maintained despite the fact that the Qiao's family had lost their influence by the 1940's. It was built by the famous bean curd and tea merchant, Qiao Guifa, in the late 1700s and is well preserved. With their successful businesses, the Qiao family enjoyed a prestigious status in Qing Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). The building covers an area of 8,000 square meters and consists of six main courtyards and 19 smaller ones with 313 rooms. The inner courtyards and passages of Qiao's Compound were designed in the shape of the Chinese character "Shuangxi", which means double happiness in English. The roofs of the rooms are shaped like waves and mountain peaks…

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