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One-Day Guangzhou Visa-Free Tour With Round-trip Transfer Between Guangzhou Airport And City Center
"Your tour guide will meet you at the arrival lobby of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfer you with a private vehicle to Guangzhou city center for a day of sightseeing. Highlights of recommended Museum of Nanyue King Qingping Market and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street. Due to limitations of your itinerary admission fees to attractions are not included. Pay as you visit at your own expense upon entering these attractions. Lunch can also be arranged at a popular local restaurant at your own cost. Duration of this tour is limited within 8 hours. Afte you will be transferred back to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for your departure flight."""
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Private Tour: Guangzhou City Sightseeing Including Yuexiu Park
"Leave your central Guangzhou hotel by air-conditioned minibus and travel with your private guide to Yuexiu Park to see some of the city’s A-list attractions. As you travel your guide will talk to you about Guangzhou – its culture history and most importantly its sights.As Guangzhou’s largest downtown park Yuexiu is a vast site
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Magnificent Guangzhou Half-Day Tour
"Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Guangzhou at 8:00 am and proceed to the Guangzhou TV and sightseeing tower also known as the Canton Tower. The Canton Tower is iconic and used to be the tallest TV tower in the world replacing the CN Tower in Canada which had held the title for 34 years previously until the Tokyo Skytree surpassed it. The tower is still the tallest structure in China and East Asia and now the third tallest freestanding structure in the world. From th also known as the Guangdong Provincial Museum of Folk Art in the west part of Guangzhou’s old town. It is the most recommendable buildup of folk art and tradition of the city. The academy was established in 1894 in Qing Dynasty as a place for students to prepare for their imperial examinations examinations students were required to take in order to join the civil service in the Qing Dynasty. The Chen Clan Academy consists of 19 buildings in total with nine halls and six courtyards. The complex forms around a north-south axis
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Chen's Ancestral Hall

The Chen Ancestral Hall was located outside the west gate of Guangzhou City and built between the 14th to 19th years of the Guangxu Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1888-1893). It was funded by Chen lineages in Guangdong province during the Qing Dynasty. It was used as a temporary residence when Chen lineage people came to Guangzhou for attending provincial imperial examination, designation, paying taxes, and engaging in lawsuits and other matters.

The Chen's Ancestral Hall has a total area of 15,000 square meters, floor space of 6,400 square meters. It is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings which are connected with verandas and interspaced by courtyards.

The Chen's Ancestral Hall is the largest, best-preserved and most gorgeously decorated traditional building in Guangdong Province. It is also known as " The Pearl of Lingnan Architectural Art" . The entire building is decorated with arts including skillful wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, lime sculpture, pottery sculpture, iron and copper casting, and color painting.

Since 1959, the Chen Ancestral Hall has been established as Guangdong Folk Art Museum to display of folk arts of China, mostly from Guangdong province.

Don't miss this beautiful ancient house! CLICK HERE

Opening Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
Admission: RMB10

Check out its official website to learn more

In Chinese: 陈家祠, chen jia ci; 陈氏书院, chen shi shu yuan

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Aug 13, 2013

Chen Jia Ci

Chenjiaci, also the name is Chen Clan Academy.

Too more decorated traditional building in Guangdong, one of the important sign of Lingnan culture.

The new stone or clay sculptures in the garden is the best one I saw, these tell the story from the novels by Luxun, one of most famous chinese writer in the early date of the republic of China.

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cpim2004
Apr 04, 2011

Chen Clan Academy

The Chen Clan Academy was built in 1890 during the Qing Dynasty. With a total area of 15000 square meters, it is one of the scarce clan ancestral temples in China. Today, it is a museum exhibiting masterpieces of stone carving, wood carving, brick carving, ivory carving and other traditional crafts.

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aukahkay
Nov 19, 2009

Guangdong Museum of Folk Art

The Guangdong Museum of Folk Art is housed inside the Chen Clan Academy and displays many wonderful cultural relics and works of folk art from the province. Exhibits on display include fans made from peacock feathers and palm leafs, ceramics, ivory, glassware, lacquerware and calligraphy paintings. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.

Open: 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RMB10.

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Willettsworld
Oct 12, 2008
 
 
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Chen Clan Academy

The Chen Clan Academy was located outside the west gate of the city and built between 1888 and 1894. Contributed by the Chen families in seventy-two counties of Guangdong Province, the academy served as the hall for ancestor worship as well as temporary residence for examination or litigation. Covering a total area of 15,000 square metres, the academy is a symmetrical complex comprising 19 single buildings in a square form interspaced by courtyards and connected by covered verandas. The architectural decorations such as the wood carvings, brick carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, iron castings and paintings are amazingly detailed and elaborate in their design. The figures on the roof ridges adopt themes from mythology and classical literature. The academy holds the Guangdong Museum of Folk Art which displays cultural relics and works of folk art from around the province. More photos of the buildings can be found in my travelogues.

Open: 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Admission: RMB10.

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Oct 12, 2008

Ancestral Temple of Chen Family

One of the best preserved architecture building of Guangdong province. Built in the late 19th century as an ancestral temple of the Chen Family, it is now converted into Museum of Guangdong Folk Arts and Crafts.

Besides the beautiful halls and courtyards, there are elaborate woodcarvings and stone carvings that still survived the attacks and damages done during the Cultural revolution.

Worthy of a visit while in Guangzhou.

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SLLiew
Oct 12, 2006

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

Around the end of the 19th century, the Chen family from the Guangdong Province at the raised money to fund the building of this grand temple. It was erected as a place of worship to the ancestors. This design is an excellent example of South China architecture.

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keeweechic
Aug 20, 2006

Now a Museum

Today the temple houses an interesting museum of folk art and crafts.

Within the museum are carvings made from limestone, wood, iron and stone along with other decorative pieces. All set out to depict historical events. The whole complex covers an area of 10,000 sq metres and is made up of nine main halls and six courtyards.

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Aug 20, 2006

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Temple of the Chen Family (Chen Jia Si)

The Chen Family Temple was built as a collective effort by the Chen families from 72 counties all over Guangdong Province at the end of the 19th century during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. The temple was built to honor and worship their ancestors. It was also used to house Chen family members who came from all over the province to sit for the imperial examinations. That is why it is also known as the Chen Family Academy. Today, it is the largest and best preserved example of the architecture and artistry of the time in all of Guangdong Province.

This is a really unique experience in that you get to walk through the Chen Family House in its restored glory. It is almost like walking through a living museum. I really enjoyed seeing the restored details of the architecture. Most of all, I think that it helped me to feel in touch with my heritage like I had never been able to in the United States. Even though I have seen countless pieces of Chinese art and furniture, what really impacted me was the feeling the setting evoked. When you walk into the courtyard, you have a sense of time slowing and changing. You can imagine what life was like in that time...what it felt like on hot days or what it felt like on rainy days. It was just a really neat experience.

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jlee008
Oct 23, 2004

Chen Family Temple

Brilliant display of Chinese arts in this large, detail-rich temple. The roof contains scenes from the epic 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' but there is much more and even a museum and excellent gift shop.

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Skibbe
Aug 13, 2004

Rainy Day at Chen Jia Ci.

Chen Jia Ci was originally built during the 1890's. Today, it's many galleries display such objects as porcelain, fine paintings, and carvings of ivory and jade... On the day I visited with Xiujuan, it started raining and we had to take shelter under the rooftop of one of the buildings. That's when I took the photo of the colorful porcelain elephant you see here... Xiujuan and I enjoy rainy days...

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Guantanamera
Sep 11, 2003

Chen Jia Ci.

Chen Jia Ci, known in English as the Chen Clan Academy, is a large estate of traditional Chinese buildings that was once owned by the famous Chen family, one of the wealthiest families in Chinese history... There are a total of 19 buildings on the property, most of which now house various artifacts and art works on display... The image here shows one such artwork, an amazing painting of flowers and butterflies on silk, framed within intricate woodwork...

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Sep 11, 2003

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