Kang Family Mansion
After lunch, we got back on the bus and took about a 20 minute ride to the Kang Mansion (Kangbaiwan - 河南巩义康百万庄园). "Baiwan" means Millionaire, so this is the home of the Millionaire Kang family. Considering that they lived hundreds of years ago, that's a pretty big claim!
The family originated with Kang Ying-Kui in the Ming Dynasty, and its fame lasted more than 400 years (that's 13 generations!). According to a monument inside, the family was famous not only for its wealth, but also for its honor. The monument is a plaque written by an emperor honoring the Kangs for having 8 generations of "good, noble, honest sons." Apparently, they were loyal, fair, honest, and not corrupt--well worth honoring!