Jianshui Tours – Jianshui, Yunnan Province, China
About this place
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 designs. It was neglected and used for various purposes after 1949. In 1990, the local government took it back and renovated it. In 1998, it became a key tourist destination and was repaired again.
The gardens are spectacular with not only the old buildings but also a large lake and many excellent samples of bonsais. It was easy to lose ourselves as we wandered through the grounds. The old back and white pictures were interesting and gave a sense of the importance of the Zhu family and Jianshui in the trading days.
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