The Pan Ancestral Home at Nanhua Youlu

南華又廬 : 南华又庐

Nánhuá yòulú :

I am at a loss as to how to translate the name of this place - 'South China and Cottage' doesn't quite ring true! So 'Nanhua Youlu' will have to do for the moment.

The house we visited was built in 1904 for Mr Pān Xiángchū 潘祥初 who had been successful during his time abroad:

Just inside the entrance hall:

The house covers an area of more than 10,000 square metres and comprises 118 rooms. Walking around its labyrinthine passages feels like being in a small village, not just one house!

Each of Pan's sons was able to have separate living quarters for their families, with a character above each 'front door' to denote whose rooms they were:

The Pan Home from the outside, set amidst rice paddy fields.