The Chen Clan Academy, locally named the Chen Ancestral Hall, was located outside the west gate of Guangzhou City and built during the 14th to 20th years of Guangxu Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1888—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 a temporary residence for the Chen descendants when they came to the provincial capital for official discussion, imperial examination or litigation. Covering a total area of 15,000 square meters, a floor space of 6,400 square meters, the Chen Clan Academy is a symmetrical complex comprising nineteen single buildings in a square form. The central axis is flanked on both sides by halls and wing-rooms; the single building are interspaced by courtyards and connected with verandas. The Chen Clan Academy is the largest, best-preserved and most gorgeously decorated traditional building in Guangdong Province and is acclaimed as a bright pearl among the artistic building in the south of the Five Ridges.
All the architectural decorations in the academy, the wood carvings, brick carvings, stone carvings, ceramic sculptures, lime sculptures, iron castings and paintings are of varied topics and super workmanship, which make a comprehensive expression of the exquisite folk arts and handicrafts of the local province.
In 1959, based on the Chen Clan Academy, Guangdong Folk Arts Museum was established by the government for collection, study and display of folk arts throughout the country, especially those from the local province. There are displays of precious cultural relics and works full of folk customs like ceramics, embroidery and carvings, which are of pretty high value for both study and appreciation. As an important historical and cultural site under state protection, the Chen Clan Academy is chosen one of the Eight Sights of the Goat City in the New Century with the name Gu Ci Liu Fang (the great hall leaves good name) and becomes the most culturally and artistically featured museum as well as a famous scenic spot in South China.
Open Hours: 8:30a.m to 5:30p.m every day
Add: Chen’s Ancestral Hall ,Zhongshan 7″ Road,Guangzhou ,China Admission Fee: CNY 10
Transportation Take subway and get off at Chen Ancestral Shrine station; or take buses No.85, 88, 104, 107, 128 and get off at Gaoji bus station; take bus No.268 and get off at Chen Ancestral Shrine; take buses No.15,52, 55, 105, 124, 133, 193, 196, 205, 207, 231, 232, 256, 275, 530, 539, 555 and get off at No.8 Zhongshan Road.