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Shen House was the private property of the descendant of Shen Wansan, the first millionaire of Jiangnan (South of Yangtze River) in the early Qing Dynasty.

Location

It’s situated at the southeast side of Fuan Bridge.

Why got its this name

Shen’s family lived here in the past, thus it’s named Shen House.

History
This house was originally built in 1742 during the Qing Dynasty.

Architecture / Structure / Each scenery.

The whole architecture is of the style of Qing Dynasty and takes up more than 2,000 square meters (half an acre).Over 100 rooms in this house can be divided into 3 sections: Each section has its unique function. The first section is the water gate and the wharf for berthing boats and washing clothes; the middle section includes the gate tower, the tearoom and the main hall. As a rare artwork, the brick gate tower is carved with lively and ingenious figures telling people historic stories and expressing good wishes. Tea room and main hall are used for serving guests, and the decoration and furniture are all very delicate.  The last part is the two-storied dwelling which is made up of some buildings .more comfortable and exquisite; these buildings are totally different from the main hall. You will see the grand and diaphanous architecture in Qing Dynasty. You will appreciate its ancient flavor here.

 

 

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