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Chang Family Manor

Chang Family Manor

Tour Code : C2105
Type : Historic sites
City / Province : Shanxi (Datong、Pingyao)
Built in : 1488-1505 B.C

Chang Family Manor

  The Chang Family Manor in county Yuci built in the Qing Dynasty is located in Shanxi province. Chang Family Manor in Yuci county lies in remote northern China. The gate is 10-meter-high, the wall, moat and gate tower forms a whole city rather than a private estate. Due to food shortage, Chang Zhonglin, the family's ancestor, fled to Yuci. He worked as a shepherd in late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). His son ranand was better off in early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and started to build the mansion and gradually expanded to 4,000 houses covering 60 hectares.

  The 1,000-house manor at present is only one fourth of its original size. The rest were either destroyed in wars or demolished during the "cultural revolution"The manor was mainly painted withgray, brown and black. The residence coversover 4, landscaping covers area over 8. There are one mountain, one Ge, twowith windows, four gardens, five yards, six water, nine halls, eight Tie, thirteen pavilions, twenty-five corridors, twenty-seven residences.

  peak, the Chang family managed 40 percent of Sino-Russia tea trade over 20 years in mid-Qing Dynasty. They planted tea in Wuyi Mountain in Fujian province and transported the tea to Kyakhta in Siberia through Zhangjiakou in Hebei province and Mongolian Plateau.

  The Chang family was famous for the best education and passing around thoughts of ConfucianThe family applied Confucian thoughtsbusiness and successfully passed its wealth down for nine generations.

  The graduatesthe family academy were sent to itsbusiness all over China as interns and the best were assigned important positions. The Chang family maintained good relationship with others by offering jobs and educationThe familymoney to the local government for paying the nation's debt. The family implemented strict family rules and hierarchical orders for best management.

  Chang Wanda, the manor's main designer, hoped to build the mansion not only foralso for working, reading, studying, meditating, reciting poetry and watching beautiful sights.

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