Qiao Family Compound
|Qiao Family Compound|
The Jingyi House of the Qiao Family Compound
Location in Shanxi, China
|Town or city||Qi County, Shanxi|
The Qiao Family Compound (simplified Chinese: 乔家大院; traditional Chinese: 喬家大院; pinyin: Qiáojiā Dàyuàn) is located in Qi County, Shanxi, China, approximately 30 kilometers northeast of the historic City of Pingyao. It is famous for being the chief location in the Zhang Yimou film Raise the Red Lantern. Construction began in 1756 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty and was completed some time in the 18th century. The courtyard estate covers 9000 square meters and has 313 rooms with 4000 square meters within 6 large courtyards and 19 smaller courtyards. Its original Chinese name was Zai Zhong Tang (在中堂).
Architects consider it to be one of the finest remaining examples of imposing private residences in northern China. It has been converted into a museum and has many period furnishings.
It is the residential compound of well-known financier Qiao Zhiyong (乔致庸/喬致庸, 1818—1907), who was the most famous member of the Qiao family. A 2006 Chinese television series, Qiao's Grand Courtyard, was also shot here. The series, directed by Hu Mei, chronicles the life of Qiao Zhiyong with some artistic license applied.
- "Qiao Zhiyong-Founder of Dadetong Bank". China Daily. August 3, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "Tourists flock into antique courtyards as holiday approaches". Xinhuanet. April 22, 2006. Retrieved October 23, 2012.
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