China hasn't had an emperor since Pu Yi last sat on the throne in 1917.
But if the People's Republic ever wanted to restore the monarchy, it would do well to locate the seat of power in an ostentatious home on a private island in Lake Dushu.
At just under $200 million (RMB 1 billion), the 72,441-square-foot home is being pitched as the most expensive home ever listed in the country's history.
A Sotheby's listing reveals a stunning garden home in Suzhou, a city about 90 kilometres from Shanghai.
Nicknamed "Taohuayuan," which means "Utopia," it has 32 bedrooms, 32 full bathrooms, and amenities like a massive koi pond, an outdoor dining area and a gigantic wine cellar.
It comes on the market at a time when garden-type properties are being sought by home collectors, reported Mansion Global.
This particular property took three years to build, with handcrafted bricks and plants based around a concept that emphasizes East Asian gardening.
Agent Juan Zhao Feng said the home has already drawn plenty of interest from overseas buyers.
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