Qiao Family Compound

The Courtyard of Family Qiao as the residential house of Qiao Zhiyong, a capitalist in the Qing Dynasty who attained his fortune in financial and commercial business in the periods of Emperor Jiaqing and Emperor Daoguang. With typical northern China architectural characteristics, the Dayuan (courtyard) is divided into 6 big yards and 20 small yards with 313 rooms and covers an area of over 8,700 sq meters. The courtyard gained its renown not only for its large scale but also for the exquisite craftsmanship reflected in the brick carving, woodcarving and murals. When people first saw the courtyard, they were astonished to find that the complex was so large and magnificent.

Here you can watch farming activities in every season, ceremonies of sacrifice and ancestral warship, wedding ceremonies and daily life. Through which you’ll have a view of the folk customs of Shanxi during the period of late Qing Dynasty.