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Qin Family Courtyard

Qin Family Courtyard Travel Guide

Brief Introduction
Qin Family´s Courtyard is located some 90 kilometers northwest of Guilin, Qin Family Courtyard is an ancient village dating back to the Ming Dynasty. The village was built by descendants of a dismissed Ming official who was exiled to the area with his family. Over years, generations of the family lived here and extended it to a big building complex.

The village is filled with original Ming and Qing Dynasty buildings with huge stone foundations, brick walls, well decorated tiles and elegantly carved windows and doors. The complex is consisted of 23 buildings, covering an area of 15,000 square kilometers. Architecture here mainly takes shape of quadrangle, typically traditional Chinese architectural form which can commonly be seen around the country. In the middle is a parvis and rooms were symmetrically arranged around. The largest building in the village was said to be built at the end of the Ming Dynasty. But unfortunately, three fires in ancient time consumed it and left behind them a few darkened pillars. The stale in front, however, has survived but rain drops over the centuries have marked an array of small holes in it.

The village actually has remained so many of the features of a Ming and Qing Chinese villages that many films were shot here.


Take the bus.

DCT Tips:

Recommended time for a visit: 2 hours.

The best time to visit it is in late autumn.

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