Guangzhou Jinlun Guild Hall originally located on what is now Kangwang Nan Lu in Liwan District by Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street, close to the Huallin Jade Market and near the Hualin Temple , Jinlun Guild Hall was built in 1723 to resemble a typical Cantonese ancestral shrine. Crafted with brick and wood, it features a pottery ridge crest on the roof similar to that of Chen Clan Ancestral Hall (Chen Clan Academy) .
Jinlun Guild Hall once served as a place for the assembly of the silk guild in Guangzhou from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China period. The principal part of the hall structure is well preserved and has floor space of 700 SQ Meters, with its back facing north and the front facing south . The guild hall is an ancestral temple-style architecture that can be struc turally divided into three major blocks both longitudinally and attitudinally. The stone inscriptions, wood carvings, brick carvings, ceramic sculptures as well as lime sculptures inside the hall all demonstrate the delicacy, beauty and elegance typical of the architecture of Lingan style. Moreover, 22 steles with inscriptions that were preserved in the hall serve to take a good record about its history.
As the only Qing Dynasty assembly hall that was preserved intact in Guangzhou, Jinlun Guild Hall is a living testimony to the history concerning the budding of capitalism in China , an important relict of the Marine Silk Road , and key material evidence to the foreign trade conducted at the Thirteen Hongs (Shisanhang) . All these vividly demonstrate the splendor once shown in the textile industry and the silk export in China. In July 1999, Jinlun Guild Hall was officially promulgated as a cultural relic in China. In July 1999, Junlun Guild Hall was officially promulgated as a cultural relic site under protection by Guangzhou City Government.
The only remaining guild hall in Guangzhou today, Jinlun was originally an assembly place for an esteemed silk weaving guild in Guangzhou. In 2001, when construction to widen Kangwang Lu began, the hall was moved northwest approximately 80.4 meters and elevated 1.85 meters. The entire process took about three years, and was completed in August of 2004.