Qiao Family Road

Named after the richest trading family in Shanghai, this road dates back to this amazing city's origin.

TravelCurious Tip

This site is enormously popular with Chinese tourists! Get here as early as possible to avoid the rush

This ornate compound is a fine example of the North China residences of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). It was originally built in 1756, but has been renovated and expanded several times since then. One of China’s most famous architects, Zheng Xiaoxie, once said: “there sits the Forbidden City in Beijing; there stand the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an; there lie the folk residences in Qi County.” And the Qiao Family Compound is one of the most renowned in Qi County.

It was built by Qiao Zhiyong, who started life as an orphan, before becoming a servant and later a powerful businessman. As if to illustrate his wealth, his home is a maze of corridors and courtyards that lead into room after room, like dividing cells. There are in fact more than 300 rooms in the compound. Moreover, the layout of the compound corresponds to the Chinese character for happiness!

Upwards of 30 films have been shot here, including the famous Chinese film “Raise the Red Lantern”. This film is required viewing for a visit to China, and sure enough the Qiao Family Compound is illuminated by innumerable red lanterns. But there are also many exhibitions featuring Qing-era furniture and clothes, giving you a real feel for the time that gave rise to the compound.

Nearby Attractions

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Xiao long bao
A type of steamed bun stuffed with meat and cooked in a bamboo steaming basket.
Sheng jian bao
Similar to the Xiao long bao, these dumplings are pan fried and dangerously delicious.
Xie ke huang
A pastry shaped like a crab shell. It is a speciality in the region and comes with a variety of fillings.
Chang shou mian
Handmade wheat noodles that have become a staple chinese food.
Stir fried bull frog
Ramp up the adventure with this popular local dish cooked in green peppers.
Deep fried Wonton
Delicious pork dumplings deep-fried and served with vinegar.

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