Not far from Qian's residence was Xue Fucheng's former residence. He did not know that Li Hongzhang had such an aide and died for his country in the battle against France and Zhenhai. It's a big surprise today. It's rare to see such a well-preserved official residence. It is a national key cultural relic protection building. I recommend you to visit Wuxi if you have the chance. This is the number of courtyards and gardens in Qinshidi, and many halls are rare. Come and see for yourself.
Xue Fucheng, a famous thinker, diplomat, politician, writer and representative of the early bourgeois reformists in Wuxi in the late Qing Dynasty, is a large-scale bureaucratic residence of Xue Fucheng, located in the downtown area of Wuxi City, covering an area of 21,000 square meters. Xue Fucheng is good at thinking, diligent in writing and practice, and has made remarkable achievements in domestic and foreign affairs. For this reason, the Qing court awarded a special "Imperial Envoy Di" to praise its historical achievements. Up to now, a gold inscription "Imperial Envoy Di" on the blue background, written by Emperor Guangxu, still hangs above the door of General Xue Fu. Xue Fucheng's former residence was built in 1890 and completed in 1894. There are more than 160 preserved buildings with an area of 6000 square meters. The grand and distinct architectural momentum of the whole group reflects the characteristics of the late Qing Dynasty when the westerly wind moved eastward, filling in the gaps in the history of Chinese architecture, known as the "first luxury house in the south of the Yangtze River". In 2001, it was designated by the State Council as a national key cultural relics protection unit.
Located in the downtown area, there are also Gu Yuyu Memorial Hall, Qian Zhongshu's former residence, inscription Museum and so on. Ticket prices are not expensive and cost-effective. The area here is quite large. The basic elements of Soviet gardens are available here. There are many halls with furniture at that time, very beautiful. The best thing to see is its garden area, not the design that can be seen at a glance. There are stone bunkers, small pavilions, stage, and some scenes which simulate the owner's business at that time. They are very vivid. It would be more fun to come here on rainy days. You can sit on a bench in a stone raft and enjoy the scenery while listening to the rain.
Xue Fucheng, as Zeng Guofan and Li Hongzhang's aide, was not well known as a diplomat who sent to Europe in the late Qing Dynasty. Xue Fucheng's former residence, located in the center of Wuxi, has few tourists and even some houses have become embroidery workshops. The former residence with Chinese and Western styles in the late Qing Dynasty is not only a classical building imitating Tianyi Pavilion in Ningbo, but also a billiard room embedded with multicoloured glass. The words of Zeng Guofan, Li Hongzhang and Weng Tonghe are hanging in the "Wubentang", from which we can see some ideas of the reformists in the late Qing Dynasty. Xue Fucheng's former residence ticket was 25 yuan, and the public commented on the purchase of 20 yuan, but the conductor did not understand the process, it will take a while.
Absolutely the first luxurious mansion in the south of the Yangtze River. The official residence of the late Qing Dynasty amazed me. The magnificent architectural design, exquisite internal structure and materials, mahogany furniture and all kinds of collections are absolutely invaluable. The experience of the owner visiting the West also shows the unique charm of the Chinese and Western wall of the house. For the country more than 100 years ago, it was really a special garden in the south of the Yangtze River.
In the first luxury mansion in the south of the Yangtze River, the gold inscription "Imperial Envoy Di" on the blue background of Emperor Guangxu's imperial pen is still hanging above the door of General Xue Fu. It is mainly to see how Xue Fucheng designed the nine-bay without violating the rules, and changed the nine-bay into relatively independent three-bay with double-row columns. The ingenious conception embodies the wisdom and wisdom of the Chinese people. Of course, the garden is also worth seeing. It's big enough to go down a stone raft. Unfortunately, after four years'service, he returned home sick and could not enjoy the house which he personally designed and his son built for four years.
Painted pillars and carved beams filled the bed. Xue Fucheng was once an envoy to Britain, France, Italy and Belgium. He personally designed the house with exquisite and complex carvings. The decorative style is a combination of Chinese and Western. It is elegant and rich, and is also known as "Xuejia Garden". This house has a huge area, and the front four entries are all nine rooms, which is far beyond the standard of the master's official rank. However, after ingenious treatment, it is decorated into three three rooms with a partition door, avoiding the suspicion of overstepping.
The place is quite large. No wonder it used to be called Xue Bancheng. There are clay sculpture exhibitions in it.