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Historic courtyard in Hebei: A window to the past

05-04-2012 08:29 BJT

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In the prosperous dynasties of China's history, esteemed scholars were thought of as the treasures. And they were often granted spacious courtyards by the emperors in reward. One such place, in Handan of Hebei Province is helping reveal that past.

The large courtyard is nearly two hundred year old. It used to belong to renowned scholar Zhao Shide from the mid Qing Dynasty. At the time, around 2-hundred family members lived together here - alongside a pharmacy, primary school and even a private bank. Twenty descendent of the Zhao family still live here. And they have been careful to preserve the ancient honorary plaques gifted by the emperor.

In the prosperous dynasties of China's history, esteemed scholars were thought
of as the treasures. And they were often granted spacious courtyards by the
emperors in reward.

In the prosperous dynasties of China's history, esteemed
scholars were thought of as the treasures. And they were
often granted spacious courtyards by the emperors in reward.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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