Moushi Manor, near the city of Yantai, Shandong Province, is the residence for generations of Mou Molin Family, the most wealthy and powerful landlord of Qing Dynasty in north China.
It is the best-preserved and most typical residential complex of landlords of the Qing Dynasty. The manor contains six courtyards, covering an area of 20,000 square meters, with over 480 rooms. All the buildings are colorfully carved and painted with flowers and animals. The patterns of flowers on the lattice windows are vividly carved and painted to the point that birds will be cheated and think them are the real things.
Walls of the manor were built up with river tiles of different colors, which look like the skin of tiger, and these walls are therefore called "tiger walls". These tiles were so evenly applied with very thin space in between, that the walls are as smooth as a mirror. Legend goes that coins were inserted in between the gravels in order to fill space between them so as to achieve the smoothness of the whole wall. The most resplendent wall in the complex was made of 386 hexagon-shaped tiles. Each of the 386 tiles s matched with pebbles around it forms a flower in hexagon shape. The 386 tiles connected with each other formed a large pattern of hundreds of flowers.
The most resplendent wall in the complex was made of 386 hexagonal-shaped tiles. Each of the 386 tiles, adorned with surrounding colored pebbles, forms a flower in hexagonal shape. The 386 tiles connect with each other, such that when viewed from a distance, they form a geometric pattern consisting of hundreds of flowers.
When designed their residential buildings, the Moushi Families probably had never imagined that they would have created an architectural wonder, which amaze later architects and travelers. But they did. The manor has been renowned as "little forbidden city" and "treasure of architectural art" due to its grandeur and large scale.
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I updated this article on January 1, 1970
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