The largest mansion in China: Built in 300 years, the construction area is larger than the Forbidden City. np
The mansion of the Vuong family is located about 12km east of Linh Thach district, Shanxi Province, China, ranked as a national 4A scenic spot. Mansion has existed since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it took more than 300 years, through many generations of clans to complete.
The Royal Palace has a total construction area of buildings up to 250,000 square meters, the land area is fully utilized, the buildings are arranged densely and close together, creating a feeling of grandeur when viewed. from above.
Compared with the Forbidden City Palace located in Beijing, the Royal Palace has a larger construction area when the total floor area of the buildings in the Palace is only 150,000 square meters, although the total land area is 720,000 meters. square. According to Sohu, Wangfu is currently the largest mansion in China.
The buildings are densely arranged inside the mansion (Photo: Baidu)
With its magnificent scale and unique architectural style, Vuong Phu is considered a “jewel” inheriting the quintessence of ancient construction art.
The overall layout includes 5 lanes and 6 buildings, the courtyards are smartly designed, not only convenient to move but also create an airy feeling for the whole building.
Design to make the most of the land area of Wangfu (Photo: Baijiahao)
In the complex on the right, there are a total of 35 large and small courtyards with 342 rooms. The building structure includes many auxiliary works, such as: weaving room, kitchen, communal dining room…, all connected by common courtyards.
In the central area of the Royal Palace, the rows of houses and roads are designed symmetrically with each other. When looking down from above, one will see a word “Vuong” (王) – the name of a prestigious family.
Judging from the general structure, the complex inherits the quintessence of the ancient architectural style, the front is the hall, the reception area, the bedroom is behind, the separation between these two spaces creates a feeling of more spacious for the mansion.
The bedroom layout is also very sorted by age, gender and rank, just by observing the room location, it is possible to guess the identity of each person in the family.
Every nook and cranny of the Royal Palace is exquisitely carved (Photo: Baijiahao)
The entire courtyard of Vuong Phu communal house is made up of a combination of wood carving, stone carving, brick carving and other feat techniques. The carvings are not only sophisticated, but also evenly distributed in many locations in the Royal Palace, making visitors admire the sophistication in design and construction.
The most prosperous family of the Qing Dynasty
During the reign of King Kangxi (1654 – 1722), the 14th-generation grandsons of the Vuong family, Vuong Khiem Hoa and Vuong Khiem Thu, seized the opportunity to cooperate with the imperial court, using creatively the strategy of “trade and commerce”. people feed the army, the army protects merchants”, providing horses and food for the imperial army. Finally, realizing the family’s dream of fame and prestige.
Although the Vuong family did not participate in the examination process, thanks to their good relationship and contributions to the court, many members were promoted to the rank of official, the highest rank that the family reached was the official rank. duality.
The decline of the Qing dynasty also led to the decline of the Wang family. Photo: Zhihu
However, the glory of the Wang family is only associated with the existence of the Qing dynasty. After the outbreak of the Opium War (1839-1842), the Qing Dynasty weakened, the business of the Vuong family encountered many difficulties, from which it was impossible to expand the family size.
When the war against Japan broke out in 1937, the Wang family migrated south, which also announced the complete decline of China’s once most prosperous family.
The Vuong family spent a huge amount of money, and it took more than 300 years and many generations to complete such a “unique” monumental property.
Experiencing many ups and downs in history, today, although degraded, the splendor and splendor of this campus still seems to be intact. Some buildings have been opened to tourists as scenic spots, visitors can visit these areas after purchasing tickets.