The Migshi Lou was built as a residential Diaolou by Fang Runwen, a villager living in Chicago, on his return to the village in 1925. Located within an enclosed courtyard, the Mingshi Lou is built to reinforced concrete and comprises six storeys. The lower part of the Diaolou is built to a very plain and simple design, while both 5th and 6th storeys have a veranda with ionic columns and Baroque decoration. On the top floor, a hexagonal pavilion which is generally Chinese in design, but with European style columns. In June 2011, the building was declared by the State Council a protected Major National Cultural Heritage. In June 2007, the Wolrd Henritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") inscribed Zili Villages on its world Cultural Heritage list.
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