Former residence of Hu Xueyan


Hu Xueyan (1823-1885), a Hangzhou celebrity, was one of the richest and most famous businessmen in the Qing Dynasty(1636-1911). He started his business with support from the Governor, Wang Youling. An early entrepreneur, Hu Xueyan founded businesses in the fields of food, real estate, hock, weapons, silk and traditional Chinese medicine(which subsequently created a famous brand "Huqingyutang"). After his success, he donated much money and time to the Qing government. Because of this relationship, Hu was renowned throughout the country and was called the Hongding merchant. His legendary life was mostly related with the destiny of the late Qing Dynasty.