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Ni Family Residence, Xitang: Address & how to get to Ni Family Residence | Bamboo Compass

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Ningbo-born Ni Tianzeng (1937-1992) joined the Communist Party and came to Shanghai after graduating from Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Ni built a reputation for himself as a tireless, upstanding politician during his time working first in positions related to his studies in architecture and later as the vice mayor.

The Ni Family Residence (Ní Zhái, 倪宅) in Xitang, named Chéngqìng Táng (承庆堂) by the family, is both an example of a traditional Jiangnan (“south of the Yangtze River”) architecture and a museum to the life of Ni Tianzeng, who local officials seem quite eager to hold up as a model politician. Before Tianzeng, the Ni family had made a name for themselves in Xitang as a literary family and built their beautiful home, composed of five courtyards (two of which have been fully restored) surrounded by traditional halls as well as featuring a traditional garden.

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