Chén Family Compound

House in Sōnggài

If you’re looking for a focus, seek out the historic home of the village’s most prominent family. This sprawling structure once contained more than 100 rooms. What remains of the compound is much smaller, but its walls are extensively decorated with family photos and memorabilia. Actress/director Joan Chen (known in China as Chén Chōng), who starred in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution, is the most famous family member.

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