Mo Manor: The Forbidden City of South China

2019-07-16 15:52:22 source: Picturesque Zhejiang


Mo Manor 莫氏庄园

Opening Hours: 08:00 A.M.- 04:30 P.M.

Admission Fee: RMB 20 yuan

Telephone: +86 573 85022058

Address: No. 39, Renmin West Road, Pinghu City, Jiaxing City 


The Mo Manor is located in the Pinghu City in Jiaxing, south of Shanghai. Boasting a history of more than 100 years, it was initially built in 1897 and underwent three years of careful construction. It is one of the top six renowned manors in south China, famed for its exquisite traditional construction style. 

The manor used to be the former residence of a famous merchant Mo Fangmei in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It is now an important cultural and historical heritage site under state protection and a famous tourist resort. The manor has witnessed the prosperity and falls of the family and the country and has now become a patriotism education base in Jiaxing. 


Mo Manor accommodated the Mo family for centuries, containing over 70 living rooms in various sizes. It is surrounded by 6-meter-high firewalls, which was considered as a typical large timber-structure manor architectural style. Featuring late Qing Dynasty architecture, it is famed for its luxury decoration. Therefore, Mo Manor is also titled “The Forbidden City of South China.” 


The main structures have a symmetrical arrangement. The three poetic gardens, well-designed pools and alleys, and elegantly carved beam eaves all manifest the characteristics of ancient Chinese construction. The Mo Manor boasts ancient furniture, calligraphy and paintings, household utensils and antiques, exquisitely decorated roofs, elaborately designed sculptures, and mural paintings.


Owing to its distinctive artistic charm and unique features, the manor has attracted thousands of visitors from China and abroad as well as numerous movie makers. In recent years, the manor became a natural film studio. More than thirty films and TV series have been shot here, such as A Dream of Red Mansions and Family. 

(Executive Editor: Zhe LOU)

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