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- a Qing Dynasty House -
 
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here the front side,- with "Elder Uncle" waiting outside the main door -

The house is symmetrical, - centered around the main corridor going from the front door leading to the back door at the parallel street behind the house.  From this long, central corridor,- the house has two almost symmetrical two-story compartments separated by an open balcony between the two sections - - -
(Photography by karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- Kit Yu admiring the back side of this impressive Qing dynasty house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestreal House
- here a closer look at the back door -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- wonderful details of the back side of the house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
Here a side door to one of the wing sections at the front part of the house.
Take note of the decoration above the door.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here the painting above the left side door shown in detail -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- "Elder Uncle" again in front of his magnificent old house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- and here with Kit Yu,- together at the main door -
Also take note pf the wall decoration above the door.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here a close up of the wall decoration above the main door -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- entering the main door into the central corridor, with the back door seen behind -
This is also the kitchen section.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- another look at the kitchen area in the central corridor -
- the door in the back ground leads into the main room of the house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- a look through the central corridor towards the back door -
The main sitting room of the house is behind the door to the right.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- the back door -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here the main room with ancestors altar at the far end -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- the house altar to the honour of the ancestors -

The old photographs show the builder of the house and below his two wives.  Take note of the incense sticks.  When visiting the house, you first go to this altar,- light some incense sticks-, and then bow to the ancestors while holding the sticks in your hand.  Although I am a "Gwei Lo",- I am now also a family member, and it is expected, that also I carry out this ceremony to the honour of the ancestors ,- and of course I take part in that with pleasure and great respect- -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
The main room with "Elder Uncle" and Kit Yu at the huge, massive door leading to the central corridor.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here a view into the biggest room in the house -

Originally there was a floor separating this room in two different rooms on top of each other, but unfortunately the massive beams that carried the floor was once taken down and sold, since this part f the house was not in use anymore.
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here another room, - a bed room with an old bed with mosquito net -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- stairway connecting the two floors , - and Kit Yu -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- here the open balcony space between the two main sections of the house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- view from the balcony -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- roof details -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 
 


Tao Family Ancestral House
- finally a shot of Kit Yu in a great mood, - truly enjoying her old family house -
(Photography by Karsten Petersen)
 
 

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