Chen Family Residence
Located at Cultural Street in the town of Yan Guan, this old mansion house was the residence for Chen Yuanlong, a prominent and respected scholar, one of the ministers under Emperor Yongzheng of Qing Dynasty.
The house is more than 400 years old, covering an area of about 8,000 square meters, with elegant design and solemn atmosphere. The courtyard is elegantly decorated with rockeries, bridges, interspersed with plants, with a stream gently flowing southward. The 600-year-old tree – podocarpus – is still standing tall like a witness of time.
The three treasures of the House are Chen family members' calligraphy works, the original plaque bestowed by Emperor Yongzheng, and the 600-year-old podocarpus still flourishing as ever.
I updated this article on November 21, 2012
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