Liwan District

Liwan District

Formerly named Xiguan, Liwan District was named after “Lizhiwan”, which is derived from poem of “a bay green water and red litche along both banks”. It covers an area of 16.2km2 and has a permanent population of about 540,000 and a permanent nonnative population of over 200,000. Liwan District is positioned in the flouring west part of Guangzhou, on the northeast bank of the Pearl River.
During the Ming Dynasty, where China’s foreign trade has been an important port and cultural exchanges; There have been 100 years of Qing Dynasty that is the only foreign trade window of ChinaWell-known foreign commercial port seat –Shisanhang.The unique geographical environment and a long history of accumulation of the unique local culture and style.Conten ancient and modern civilization is the product of a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, but also a typical representative of Lingnan culture.
Liwan District has lots of attractions and historical sites. The historically famous Lizhiwan has a 1000-year history. Shisanhang had a foreign trade privilege for hundred years. Haishan Xianguan had a leader of Lingnan horticulture, which made contribution to the development of Lingnan culture. Now, there are two national key protection units Chen Learning Academy (Chen Clan Temple) and Shamian Ancient Buildings, out of which Chen Learning Academy was elected one of the 8 new scenic spots of Guangzhou. There are several municipality-level relic spots: Hualin Temple, one of Guangzhou’s Buddhist “five jungles”, Taoist Zhenwudi Renwei Temple, Jiang Guangding’s former residence, Li Wentian’s Taihua Building and Xiguan big house. In addition, there are historic sites where Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Zhan Tianyou, Chen Shaobai and Tang Tingguang lived or worked. There are Guangya School setup by Zhang Zhidong, a member of the Westernization Movement in the late Qing Dynasty and relic site of Xicun Industrial Zone developed by Chen Jitang when was in power during PC period. All those spots are like pearls dotted in this valuable land and show people its glorious and splendid past.

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  1. Hello

    I think it would be great if you could put up maps of ‘do it yourself’ walks through different areas of interest in Guangzhou as it is very hard to find any such information. I am sure a lot of people would find it really helpful and useful. It could include walks with historic buildings or sites and also mention places to eat or shop. Maybe different time lengths and mention how hard the walk might be. I am wanting to do something different when I come over and seeing as English is not well known this would be great.

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