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The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

BY :Zhou Yuan 丝路云帆

UPDATED :October 24, 2018


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陈家祠 The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Located on No. 34 Enlongli, Zhongshan Qi Lu, Liwan District, Gunagzhou, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, also known as the Chen Clan Academy, was built in the 14th year of emperor Guangxu's reign (1888) and completed in 1894.

陈家祠 The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

It's founded with the funds donated by all clans surnamed Chen in Guangdong.

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall covers a total of 15,000 square meters, with a construction area of 6,400 square meters. Its individual units are connected by long corridors, with halls, rooms, pavilions and courtyards neatly arranged to provide comfortable living space.

It served as temporary accommodation when members of the Chen clans came to Guangzhou to take provincial imperial exams, to pay taxes or conduct other business.


Well-preserved and magnificnetly decorated, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is the largest Lingnan architecture still extant in Guangdong province.

Praised as the Pearl of Lingnan architectural art, the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is a splendid example of decorative schemes on building.

A great variety of materials and techniques, such as wood carving, brick carving, stone carving, stucco relief, pottery figures, iron and copper ornaments, surface painting and mural, are deployed to create the most sumptuous decoative effects.

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall now is a tourist spot in Guangzhou with strong cultural and artistic features.

In 1988, it was declared an important heritage site under State Protection by the State Department of China. In 2002 and 2011 it was chosen as one of the Top Eight Sights of Guangzhou.

Let's find out the architectural highlights of the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall!

1.砖雕 Brick carving

2.石雕 Stone carving

3.木雕 Wood carving

4.灰塑 Stucco relief

5.陶塑 Pottery figures

6.铁铸 Iron casting

Opening hours: 9 am-5:30 pm

Admission: 10 yuan per ticket

Transportation: Exit D, Chen Clan Academy Station, metro line 1

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