Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is a landmark in the Liwan District of Guangzhou. Both the architecture and exhibits exemplify the pinnacle of Lingnan architectural art, making it a great place to understand Lingnan architecture and history.

Here, you can appreciate Chaozhou wood carvings, ivory carvings, and other folk crafts, and get a close-up experience of Lingnan art forms such as “three carvings, two moldings, one casting, and one painting.”

The architecture of the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall itself is worth seeing, with intricate brick, stone, and color sculptures. The most recommended exhibit is the Lingnan folk arts, featuring ingeniously crafted pen holders, large ships, and small carvings made of ivory.

It has been found that the exhibition route in the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is well-arranged, the exhibits are of high quality, and they balance a sense of historical accumulation with fun. The service center also offers free live commentary in both Cantonese and Mandarin, which is recommended for visitors.

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is not large, and the tour route is rather casual. It generally takes 1-2 hours to complete the tour.

Afterward, you can head straight to the Xihua Road food street to find traditional Guangzhou cuisine. In the afternoon, you can visit nearby attractions like the Sacred Heart Cathedral or Yongqing Fang.

Transportation: You can take bus 104 or 107 to the “Chen Clan Ancestral Hall” stop, or you can take metro line 1 or 8 to “Chen Clan Ancestral Hall” stop D, and then walk a few minutes to reach the main entrance.

Cost: The entrance fee is 10 yuan per person, and the hall also offers free visits at specific times throughout the year.

Tips to Avoid Pitfalls

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

  1. Reserve and purchase tickets for the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall through their WeChat official account. Remember to bring your ID for verification at the venue.
  2. Within the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, there’s a small room and a visitor center selling souvenirs. It’s recommended to buy from the visitor center. The small room sells items similar to generic souvenirs found elsewhere, such as small wooden carvings and miniature ceramic goods. Their quality is average, and they’re relatively expensive, hence not recommended.
  3. If you’re traveling with children, they can play in the large square at the entrance of the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall. There are vendors selling kites and toys, but these are pricey and not good value for money. It’s advisable to bring your own toys and kites.
  4. During our secret visit, the Digital AR Hall and a few other exhibits were closed for maintenance. The reopening date is unknown. For the latest updates, follow the WeChat official account “Guangdong Folk Art Museum.”
  5. We advise against driving there as the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall doesn’t have a dedicated parking lot, and finding a parking spot can be troublesome. Taking the subway is a very convenient way to get there.

Itinerary Plan

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is primarily an indoor attraction, making it largely unaffected by weather or seasonal changes. Apart from the last Monday of every month when it’s closed for maintenance, the Hall is open for visitors all year round, with certain periods offering free admission.

As the afternoon and holidays often see increased visitor traffic, it’s recommended that you plan your visit in the morning or avoid holidays.

Upon arriving at the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall in the morning, you can start by taking photos at the archway in the square. It’s recommended to book your tickets in advance through the Hall’s official WeChat account, so that you can enter directly by scanning your ID at the site.

To your right as you enter the main door is a service desk where you can arrange for a guided tour. Professionals will provide a narrative background and explanation of some of the more famous structures within the hall, making it highly suitable for out-of-town tourists.

You can complete a tour of the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall within 1-2 hours. Afterward, head straight to the Xihua Road food street to explore traditional Guangzhou cuisine. In the afternoon, you can also include a tour of nearby attractions like the Sacred Heart Cathedral or Yongqingfang.

Detailed Guide

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

  1. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall regularly exhibits Lingnan folk crafts, traditional decorative arts, and old Guangzhou home furnishings, in addition to periodic rotating exhibitions. You can check the official website for related information.
  2. Immediately after entering, turn right to find the service desk. Groups of 4-6 can avail a free live explanation service in Mandarin or Cantonese (highly recommended). Visitors need to collect the receiver for explanations, with a deposit of 100 yuan per device, refundable after the explanation ends. Alternatively, you can borrow an audio guide machine, available in multiple languages including Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. You can also listen to explanations freely through the “Guangdong Folk Art Museum” official WeChat account, but you’ll need to bring your own headphones.
  3. The entire site is fully equipped with facilities for the differently-abled, making it wheelchair-friendly. The Hall also has a teahouse and several stools for temporary rest. The reading center is air-conditioned with multiple seating arrangements, allowing you to immerse yourself deeper into Lingnan culture. If you feel tired, you can rest your feet there.
  4. The visitor center offers shared power banks, a mailbox, beverage machines, and more. Souvenirs sold within are themed around the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, including puzzles, postcards, fridge magnets, etc. Visitors can purchase postcards and stamps and mail them on the spot.
  5. The folk art workshop in the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall provides paper-cutting, Chinese knot, puzzle, and painting handcraft experiences, with some requiring a material fee. Staff will distribute the materials and instruction manuals, primarily relying on self-learning while making. You can take home whatever you create.
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

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