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A Walking Tour through Xizhou Town in Yunnan Province

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Dong Family Compound
A Walking Tour through Xizhou Town in Yunnan Province

Part of the extensive classical gardens inside the Dong Family Compound in Xizhou town.

© 2011 Sara Naumann, licensed to About.com.
Situated on the tea-horse road, a major overland southern trading route in China, Xizhou has historically been a commercial success. The Dongs, a local family, were merchants and became very wealthy in the early part of the 20th century. They built a large and lavish compound with many buildings in the local Bai architectural style as well as foreign-influenced buildings. Of main interest is the large classical Chinese garden within the compound.

After 1949, the building was turned over to (or taken over by) the local Communist government. Today it is a state-run guesthouse in which you can spend the night if so desired. Contact the Linden Centre for arrangements.

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