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Dong Brothers House: panes

After much looking we found this house, at last. Sweet Mrs. Yu allowed us to photograph inside and told the story of the house, on behalf of her reticent husband. After three wealthy brothers Dong (董) made their fortune in the early 20th century, they built this magnificent three-part courtyard. Each brother's family occupied one part. After the war and the Liberation, the only descendant of the Dong clan that still lives in his ancestral home is the retired Mr. Dong. He and his wife occupy two rooms on the second floor, overlooking the stunningly beautiful woodwork in natural browned tones. When the neighbors across the courtyard moved in, decades ago, they painted their windows red (they had just married).

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Taken on July 31, 2010