The former residence of Gao Yue Song is located at NO.144 of Bei Yuan Men Xi’an.The whole villa covers an area of 2517m2.In total, there are 86 rooms of which 56 rooms are open to the public.It is mainly a brick and wood structure.Gao Yue Song was born in Zhen Jiang,Jiang Su province.200 years ago,he took the imperial examination and placed second.All seven generation of the Gao family got official positons in the royal palace.
In 1966,the govermment confiscated the residence.It was listed as a “key project of Sino-Norway Historical Districts Protection”in 1999,and invested in by Norway. The residence was thoroughly repaired,and won the “Prize for Cultural Heritage Protection in Asian-pacific Area of UNESO”in 2002.In 2003, the are department of Xi’an Traditional Chinese Painting Institute took charge of renovation for the residence. It was assigned as the teaching base for the Architecture Department of Norway Trondheim University and postgraduate of Xi’an Architecture Technology University,and as the research base for the Institute of Famous Historical and Cultural City Research of Chang’an University.
The main contents involve: architecture of Ming and Qing Dynasties, old furniture,”couplet culture”of traditional folk residence, brick carving, tea house, paper-cuttings, shadow show, performance of Zheng, calligraphy and paintings by famous people, elaborate works of traditional Chinese paintings, old photos, pottery and porclain, typical Shaan Xi sytle tourist souvenirs and so on