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Qiao’s Compound

03-14-2012 17:40 BJT

Located sixty kilometers (37.3 miles) south of Taiyuan, the provincial capital, and some twenty kilometers (12.4 miles) north of Pingyao, this Compound was built in 1756 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The buildings continue to be well maintained despite the fact that the Qiao family had ceased to have any influence since the 1940’s.

 The family enjoyed a prestigious status during the reign of the Emperor Qianlong (1735-96), one of its patriarchs having been a famous trader, whose travels had taken him far off into foreign lands. The family included banking among its activities and this meant their commercial influence spread beyond Shanxi Province, their private banks being a nation-wide enterprise. The compound’s inner courtyards and passageways have been designed to form the shape of the Chinese character for the words "double happiness" (shuang xi).

Qiao's Compound

Qiao's Compound

Qiao's Compound

 

Dadetong Piaohao run by Qiao family (R)

Dadetong Piaohao run by Qiao family

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: China.com

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