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Stories of Shen Wanshan

Settle at Zhouzhuang

There was once a wealthy family called Shen at Nanxun town in Zhejiang province at the end of the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). The wife died of plague after a flood. The husband, Shen You, and their four sons hurriedly escaped to Zhouzhuang, miles away from Nanxun. But the two eldest sons still died of plague, leaving only two sons, Shen Fu and Shen Gui. Shen Fu, the third son, once disappeared for several days. When he returned, he excitingly told his family that he visited the city of Suzhou, telling them about business opportunities that would allow them to make money. The little boy changed his name to Shen Wanshan.

Start with farming

The Shen family only grew reeds and thatches at the begining. Through their dedicated work, the plot was cultivated and produced high yields. Thanks to fertile lands, mild temperature and convenient irrigation resources, Zhouzhuang boasted high yields of grains, rapes and silkworms. Shen family soon became a tycoon through their effective field management.

Stories of Shen Wanshan
Former Residence of Shen Wanshan(1)

Donation from Mr Lu

Admiring Shen's wisdom and integrity, Lu Deyuan, a tycoon in Suzhou during the Yuan dynasty, contributed all his property to Shen family before leaving home to become a Taoist near Chenghu Lake. This contribution helped Shen to enlarge his wealth and contributions to the society.

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