Cha Gong Guan (Qiu Mansion)

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420 Weihai Lu
Cha Gong Guan (formerly Qiu Mansion) was had been a two-block residence belonging to the Qiu brothers (Qiu Xinshan and Qiu Weiqing) who were the tycoons in the paint industry during the start of the 20th century. Originally peasants from outside of Shanghai, the brothers lived extravagantly having earned their newfound wealth - the mansion was famous for its garden which was complete with a bengali tiger, peacocks and other exotic animals.

But, the brothers' powers soon declined when wars broke out. Long after they had fled, the Western block was razed in the 1980s, leaving only the Eastern block. This remaining block underwent nine whole years of restoration before being opened again as Cha Gong Guan in May 2019.
Venue name: Cha Gong Guan (Qiu Mansion)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm
Metro: Nanjing Xi Lu
English address: 420 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu
Chinese address: 威海路420号查公馆