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Ancestral Temple of Chen Family & Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

 Ancestral Temple of Chen Family

The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, situated in Zhongshan Qi Lu, Guangzhou City, is a memorial to the Chen people of Guangdong Province. The ancestral hall was also used as a learning and living place for generations of the Chen family who came to the town to take the imperial examination. So the temple is also known as the Chen Family Shuyuan (academy of classical learning). The four year construction ( 1890 - 1894) during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) means the temple is an excellent example of Chinese architecture and intricate decoration.

The temple is composed of nearly twenty structures, six courtyards and long corridors surrounded by brick a wall which is typical of the ancestral temple layout in Guangdong Province. The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family is world renowned not only for its imposing architecture, but also for its exquisite craftwork and decoration. It is possible to see the many arts and crafts used in the different styles of wood carvings, stone carvings, brick carvings, pottery sculptures, murals and bronze and iron castings in the temple. All this workmanship makes the temple simple, elegant and magnificent. The woodcarvings in particular are of great importance. The most important of which is a teak screen on a corridor carved on both sides on which the vivid images tell many historical folk stories. The majestic buildings, spacious and bright halls and the quiet courtyards are a fine example of the traditional architectural style of southern China.

The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family was also occupied by the Guangdong Folk-Arts Museum. Tourists can appreciate the many handicrafts of Guangdong Province including enameling, embroidery, porcelain, lacquer work and paper cutting.

Admission Fee: CNY 15
Opening Hours: 08:30 to 17:20
Time for a Visit:
45 minutes
Bus Route: 55,61,74,34
Electric Bus oute: 104

 Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

A famous Buddhist temple in Guangzhou City - the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees is located in Liurong Lu. It is said that a famed essayist of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) visited the temple and wrote 'Liu (six) Rong (banyan)' when he saw six banyan trees in the temple. It was not until the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), that it became known as the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees.

The main buildings in the temple are the Flower Pagoda, Kwan-Yin Hall and Liu Zu Hall. The Flower Pagoda is of brick-and-wood construction. The present pagoda was restored in the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127) and stands over 50 meters (about 164 feet) tall in the middle of the temple. With the hanging bells on the eaves of the tower, it looks like a flower pole from a distance and so people call it the Flower Pagoda. The pagoda itself is a beautiful sight and it is also a good place to view the panorama of Guangzhou City. Liu Zu Hall contains the bronze statue of Zen - Huineng and three large bronze Buddha statues. It is rare to see such bronze statues in one temple. Besides this, tourists can view some stone steles which tell the history of the temple and the pagoda.

Admission Fee:
CNY 10
Opening Hours:
08:30 to 17:00
Bus Route:
74,86,6, Subway No.1
Time for a Visit:
One hour