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Unique porcelain house in Tianjin

Unique porcelain house in Tianjin, China

The wall of the unique porcelain house in Tianjin, China

Unique porcelain house in Tianjin
In the Chinese city of Tianjin there is a beautiful and unique porcelain house. Noteworthy, it took 400 million pieces of ancient porcelain vases, more than five thousand vases, and more than four thousand plates and bowls for its construction. According to 50-year-old porcelain collector Zhang Lyanchzhi (Zhang Lianzhi), he used porcelain items belong to different historical periods, such as the Jin Dynasty, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. In addition to porcelain and art of stone carving, porcelain house is decorated with a variety of stone figures of lions, which are at the corners of the house. Zhang Lianzhi has spent four years decorating an old house with hundreds of millions of ancient porcelain fragments and tons of natural crystals. It’s now known as the Porcelain House or Yuebao House.

The Porcelain House of Tianjin, China

The upper part of the Porcelain House of Tianjin, China

The Porcelain House of Tianjin opened its gates to the public on September 2nd, 2007, on Chifeng Street in Heping District. The old French-style building has a history of over 100 years. It was originally the home of a central finance minister in the late Qing dynasty, and was later converted into a bank, after the founding of New China, in 1949. But after the bank changed its location, the beautiful building was left deserted for several years, until porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi bought it for 1 million yuan ($160,000). He then spent the following four years turning it into a unique edifice, decorated with porcelain dating from the Tang (AD 618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Now the Porcelain House is the most eye-catching building in Tianjin, and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

Born into a wealthy businessman’s family in Tianjin, Zhang Lianzhi has a profitable Cantonese-style restaurant chain. Over the past 20 years he has constantly expanded his collection of which antique porcelain makes up the majority. One of the latest additions is a functional Land Rover covered with approximately 10,000 pieces of antique ceramics. Meanwhile, it’s estimated worth is 1 million yuan ($160,000).

Unique porcelain house in Tianjin