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About Taigu

Taigu County is located in the central region of Shanxi Province and is situated in the Jinzhong Basin. The county was founded during the Western Han dynasty and has a long history with developed culture and trade. The county forms a well-known Shanxi merchant base along with Qi and Pingyao counties. The county contains many Shanxi merchant courtyard sites. Some of the most representative examples are the Cao Family Courtyard complex and the Kung Hsiang-hsi residential complex (Kung Hsiang-hsi was born in Taigu County). Taigu’s cakes and hubing dates are famous throughout China. Wealthy Taigu merchants gathered here during the Ming, Qing, and Republican eras, making Taigu into the finance and trade center of China’s north. This gave rise to the area being called a “dry dock” and “Little Beijing.”

Popular Attractions in Taigu

Cao's Compound
4.1/5
67 Reviews
Museum
Cao's Compound in Beiguang Village,Taigu County, was the Shanxi merchant Cao's family house during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Due to the numerous cultural relics in the compound, it has been modified into the Three-More Museum ("Three-More" refers to more blessing, more longevity, and more children). Looking from afar, the compound is in the shape of the Chinese character (寿)—longevity. The layout of the Compound is reasonable, with its architectural style not only combining the style of the north and the south, but also absorbing the ancient architectural style of Europe.
Kong Xiangxi House
4.2/5
97 Reviews
Famous Residences
Historical Architecture
The Kong Xiangxi House is located on the west side of Wubian Temple in Taigu City. This residence features the architectural style of the mid-Qing Dynasty and is a provincial-level cultural relic protected location. The Kong Xiangxi House faces north and was the former residence of the Taigu aristocrat Meng Guangyu. It was built in the during the Qianlong Emperor period of the Qing Dynasty and was gradually expanded over time. It was completed during the rule of the Xianfeng Emperor.
Qiao Family Courtyard
4.4/5
3,868 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Qiao Family Courtyard, also known as “Central Courtyard”, is located in the middle of Qiaojiabao Village, Jixian County. It was the residence of Qiao Zhiyang, a famous commercial and financial capitalist, during the Qing Dynasty. It was also the filming location of more than 30 film and television works, such as “Qiao Family Courtyard” and “Raise The Red Lantern”. If you have seen these movies, then you must be familiar with the scenes here: rows of high-hanging red lanterns, high brick walls, exquisite carvings, beautiful arched cornices and deep lanes, this is the famous Qiao Family Courtyard. In addition, there are three treasures in the Qiao Family Courtyard: the Ten Thousand Balls, the Rhinoceros Moon Mirror and the Kowloon Light, that are also worth a look.
Jinci Museum
4.5/5
3,137 Reviews
Museum
Jinci Museum is located along the Jin River in the foothills of Taiyuan, Taiyuan. The building commemorates Tang Shuyu, the founder of the Jin State, and was built as an ancestral hall. Jin Ancestral Hall is home to “3 treasures”: the temple, a bridge over a fish pond, and the Goddess Hall. The “3 unique features” of the Ancestral Hall are ancient trees, Nanlao Spring, and painted clay figurines. To the south is Shifang Fengsheng Temple in the south which, according to legend, was originally the villa of the Tang Dynasty general Yu Chigong.

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