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Cao Family Courtyard

Cao Family Courtyard Travel Guide

The architectural style of Cao Family Courtyard is not only integrates the China north and south, but also absorbs the ancient architectural style of Europe. 

The overall structure of Cao Family Courtyard is the shape of ancient Chinese character which means "Long Life"; it shows the wishes to the family -- Many children, long blessings and long life. There are 3 main courtyards connecting the 3 main towers, and 15 small courtyards in the 3 main couryards made the Chinese character "long life". Now there are more than 270 rooms you could discover in this courtyard. If you pay attention to the details of decorations, you might discover they used lots of Europe architectural element. 


The Cao family is a representative merchant family in Ming and Qing Dynasty in Pingyao, their business from Pingyao to Russia, Japan, Korea, France and UK; they transported the piece goods and tea from Pingyao to oversea, then bring back steel from Japan, Korean ginseng from Korea, metalware from Russia. They had over 640 stores in China and more than 37000 employees during the heyday. So except the courtyard itself, the Cao Family bring back lots of treasures from allover China and their business destination countries. 


Except the buildings, you could discover the exhibition rooms include: Cao Family business history exhibition room Ming and Qing Dynasty Folk Furniture exhibition room Porcelain exhibition room Treasures exhibition room (treasures from oversea)

DCT Tips:

It is located in Taigu County, about 40 km northwest to Pingyao Ancient City, not far from Qiao Family Courtyard.

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