Zaizhongtang is the walled estate of Qiao Zhiyong, Qixian County’s famous capitalist at the height of the Qing Dynasty. Now known as the Qiao Family Compound or Qiao Family Grand Courtyard, the complex earned a spot in the list of China’s Cultural Heritage Site and has become a county-level tourist destination. It is said that while the Imperial Palace is to the Royal family, Qiao Compound is to civilians.
The sun’s not been very kind when we reached the compound on this late afternoon tour. But I managed somehow to beat the early evening blindness for some snapshots.
“Latrine” –first things first.
Qiao Family Compound is a huge labyrinth of halls, corridors and courtyards. Every inch of the place was said to have been designed with utmost value for architectural excellence which makes it the “Pearl of Civilian House in the North during the Qing Dynasty”.
Colleagues from C.U.F.E. Grace Mick and Giyame Nagawi of Papua New Guinea. And a ghostlike figure on the glass window.
Inside the compound is a county museum which collectively exhibits the civil life of those who once walked the Jinzhong area of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. More than 5,000 precious cultural relics are also displayed ranging from agricultural, commercial to the historical lives of the Qiao family.
Tossing bills for good fortune
Indonesian friend, Sam Ambinonuso.